Frank Okada

b. 1931 Seattle, Washington

d. October 30, 2000 Eugene, Oregon

brother Robert/Charlie/Horse/Yosh/Yoshitaka

brother John (1923- February 1971), author of No-No Boy

brother Roy, engineer at Boeing

sister Arlene,

sister Connie, Art Librarian at the University of Washington

October 29, 1976 married Frances Sharon Fling (born Hillsboro, Ohio, June 9, 1944)

prominent Northwest Master painter

Korean War veteran

attended Broadway High School, Seattle

attended Edison Technical School, Seattle

attended Cornish School of Art, Seattle

studied under Paul Immel, James Edward Peck, Leon Derbyshire, Fred Mitchell

friend of Quincy Jones, Yayoi Kusama, Paul Horiuchi, George Tsutakawa, John Matsudaira, Fay Chong, Kenjiro Nomura, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, Willard Parker, Felix Pasilis, Money Hickman, Jr., Louie Bunce

1957 BFA graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan founded by architect Eliel Saarinen

with Bill Ivey started the Seattle Studio School

settled in Eugene, Oregon in 1969

taught at the University of Oregon, retiring in 1999 as Professor Emeritus after 30 years on the faculty

UO Museum of Art Curator of Contemporary Art Lawrence Fong said people came to study at UO because of Okada

awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967, a Fulbright Fellowship in 1959 and a Whitney Fellowship in 1957

had several one-person exhibitions at regional institutions, including: The Whatcom County Museum of Art, Bellingham, WA (1997), Portland Art Museum, Oregon (1972) and Tacoma Art Museum, Washington (1970)

his work had been exhibited in group exhibitions including Asian Tradition, Modern Expression, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, NJ (1997); Light, Shadow and Gesture: By Northwest Artists, Seattle Art Museum (1997); Washington: 100 Years, 100 Paintings, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA (1995); ART/LA 90, Los Angeles, CA (1991) and Japan and the Northwest, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (1982)

his work had been shown at the Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, Oregon and Foster/White Gallery, Seattle

exhibited with the Greg Kucera Gallery beginning in 1988 and continuing up to his death in 2000

Frank Okada interviewed by Barbara Johns Archives of American Art

Frank Okada retrospective at Greg Kucera Gallery

Frank Okada remembered by Lois Wadsworth at Eugene Weekly

Frank Okada at White Lotus Gallery

Frank Okada and George Tsutakawa 1994 show at Greg Kucera Gallery reviewed by Matthew Kangas in the Seattle Times

Museum of Northwest Art

Matthew Kangas review in Seattle Times of Frank Okada at Museum of Northwest Art

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