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artist , educator

Yasue Sakaoka, American artist, educator. Recipient Pollock-Krasner Foundation award, 1988, Traditional Art Apprenticeship award, Ohio Arts Council, 1987-1988, 1987-1988, 1990-1991, 1991-1992, 1994-1995, 1997-1998, 2001-2002, citation, Ohioana Library. Association, 2006, Ohio Arts Council Heritage Fellowship award, 2007; fellow, National Endowment of the Humanities, 1976.


Sakaoka, Yasue was born on November 12, 1933 in Himeji-City, Hyogo-Ken, Japan. Came to the United States, 1953. Naturalized, 1980. Son of Naoshi and Sachie Sakaoka.


Bachelor, Reed College, 1959. Artists' Certified, Portland Museum School, 1959. Master of Fine Arts, University Oregon, 1963.


Instructor University Oregon, Eugene, 1961-1963, Maryland College Art, Baltimore, 1963-1965. Assistant professor art St. Paul's College, Lawrenceville, Virginia, 1965-1977. Assistant professor sculpture and art history Mansfield State University, 1977-1978.

Adjunct professor Ohio University, Athens, 1979-1980. Lecturer Ohio State University, Columbus, since 1980. Visiting artist Stivers School for the Arts, Dayton, Ohio, 1989-2006.

Member minority advisory committee Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, 1992—2000. Consultant in field of Japanese art and culture.


  • Other Work

    • Curator: Dublin (Ohio) Arts Council, 1988—2004. Fitton Center, 1999. Sandusky Cultural Center, 1999.

      Public Arts Council. St. Helen Church, Dayton, 1998, Portland Museum, Arnot Mus, Schumacher Gallery., —.


Member choir St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Columbus, since 1993. Board directors Asian American Community Service Organization, 1993-1997. Vice president Game so Cent Center.

Member of College Art Association American, International Sculpture Center, Dayton Visual Arts Center.


  • Other Interests

    Gardening, music.


Naoshi Sakaoka

Sachie Sakaoka