Art and the Common Good
Makoto Fujimura, Artist, Writer, and Speaker
A Boston native, Makoto Fujimura was the first American to attend the Japanese Painting Doctorate Program at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. His fusion of contemporary abstract expressionism and traditional Japanese painting styles makes his artwork one of a kind. His works include the collection Splendor of the Medium, Four Qu4rtets, and an illumination of the Four Gospels in honor of the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version of the Bible. Fujimura is the founder and Co-Director of the International Arts Movement, an organization which seeks to gather artists together, hosting lectures, exhibitions, and workshops, in order to create a community which reflects on questions concerning art, faith, and humanity. He was a Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009, and his work is featured at the Dillion Gallery in New York and Tokyo, the White Stone Gallery in Philadelphia, as well as in Saint Louis, Cincinnati, and Hong Kong.
This past May, Mr. Fujimura was chosen as American Academy of Religion's "2014 Religion and the Arts" Award Recipient, which is to be presented in San Diego this November.
Community members were warmly invited to attend this important talk as Mr. Fujimura discussed how art plays a distinctive and fundamental role in the good life. While most contemporary universities, as well as society at large, are moving away from the arts in favor of the “more practical” studies of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology, Fujimura's claim is that the best university, as well as the best life, includes an emphasis on the arts.
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