Lisa Kinoshita, Tacoma artist and owner of Mineral studio gallery, has been announced as the winner of the 2010 “Foundation of Art” Award by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. The award, which carries $7,500 in unrestricted prize money, is in its third year, and recognizes artistic talent and commitment to the artistic life of Pierce County. It also results in a commissioned piece for the Community Foundation, to be unveiled in fall.
Previous winners of the award have been painters Jeremy Mangan and Chris Sharp. The award was juried this year by a committee of local art professionals. Other nominees included Neil Andersson, Victoria Bjorklund, Kyle Dillehay, Jeremy Gregory, Lance Kagey, Dan Parker, James Porter and Toot Reid. Their work can be seen online at www.gtcf.org/artgallery.
Kinoshita creates work at the intersection of art, jewelry, design and fashion, using unusual media such as bone and shell together with metal and plastics. Her studio Mineral at 301 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma has a gallery front, in which Kinoshita rotates small bimonthly shows of local and national artists. Her work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the Pacific Northwest and in local and national media outlets including Seattle Magazine, Seattle Metropolitan, Elle, The New York Times, and more.
Says Rose Lincoln Hamilton, president and CEO of the Community Foundation: “In addition to being one of the top up and coming artists in Pierce County, Lisa is a great representative for the art community.”
And for Kinoshita, “Human connection is the reason for doing art or any other meaningful endeavor.” More information: www.lisakinoshita.com