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Michio Ihara, French, American Sculptor. JDR 3d Fund grantee, 1970-1971; recipient award Massachusetts Council Arts and Humanities, 1974, National Institute Arts and Letters/American Academy Arts and Letters award in art, 1973; Graham Foundation fellow, 1963-1964; Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center forAdvanced Visual Studies fellow, 1970-1973. Trustee The Artists Foundation Massachusetts; Member Japan Artists Association.


Ihara, Michio was born on November 17, 1928 in Paris, France. Naturalized, United States, 2001. Son of Usaburo and Shigeko (Shinkai) Ihara.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Tokyo University Fine Arts, 1953.


Fulbright fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1961-1962; research associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1962-1964; instructor, Musashino U. Fine Arts, Tokyo, 1966-1969.


  • Other Work

    • One-man shows Kanegis Gallery, Boston, 1964, Tokyo Gallery, 1970, Staempfli Gallery, New York City, 1977, 80, 84. Numerous group shows in Japan and United States, 1957-1974. Important works include marble mural Chuo-koron Public Co, Tokyo, 1957.

      Copper relief 275 Wyman St. Office Bldg, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1963. Altar canopy Josenji Temple, Tokyo, 1965. Metal screen Imperial Theatre, Tokyo, 1966.

      Relief International Christian U, Tokyo, 1967, Fuji Film Company Bldg, Tokyo, 1969. Sculpture International Sculptors Symposium, Osaka, 1970, Wellesley (Massachusetts) Office Park, 1973, Fitchburg (Massachusetts) Public Library. Civic sculpture, Auckland, New Zealand, 1977, Constellation Place, Baltimore, 1978.

      Metal screen Rockefeller Center, New York City, 1978, Neiman-Marcus, Beverly Hills, California, New World Hotel, Hong Kong, Pavilion Hotel, Singapore. Wall sculpture Southeast Bank, Miami, 1983. Suspended sculptures Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York City, 1985, wall sculpture Harvard University, 1985, 89, wind sculpture, Tallahassee City Hall, 1989, tower sculpture Tokyo City Hall, 1991, suspended sculptures American Telephone & Telegraph Company Plaza, Chicago, 1991, Colorado Springs Airport, 1994, Wall Sculpture Ikenoue Church, Tokyo, 1995, suspended sculpture Lorillard Headquarters, North Carolina, 1997, interactive sculpture Cyclelight, Boston 1st Night, 1993, suspended sculpture New England Medical Center Hospital, Boston, 2000, sculptures Yokohama Crematorium, Japan, 2002, suspended sculpture Crowne Plz.

      Hotel, New York, 2002, Suspended Sculpture 101 Constitution Avenue Building, Washington, District of Columbia, 2003, suspended sculpture Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, 2004, Shinsegae Department Store, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2006, Suspended Sculpture, Marriott World Center, Orlando, Florida, 2008, Suspended Sculpture St. Jone's University, Chapel, Taipei, 2008, St. joseph Medical Center, Baltimore, Suspended Sculpture, New Mexico Court Appeals, 2010.


Trustee The Artists Foundation Massachusetts. Member Japan Artists Association.


Married Doreen Joyce Kaplan, July 7, 1966. 1 child, Akeo.

Usaburo Ihara

Shigeko (Shinkai) Ihara

Doreen Joyce Kaplan

Akeo Ihara