Makoto Fujimura in front of one of his paintings
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Makoto Fujimura to visit campus

Sunday, March 6, 2016

University of Northwestern-St. Paul is delighted to welcome world-renowned artist, writer and speaker Makoto Fujimura to campus on Friday, April 15.

Throughout the day, the public is welcome to attend each of the three, free events that will take place. The events are as follows:

10:30 - 11:10 a.m., Maranatha Hall
Fujimura speaks at Northwestern’s daily chapel service

11:25 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Nazareth Chapel
Fujimura guest lectures in the class "The God We See"

7 p.m., Maranatha Hall
The showing of Golden Sea, with introduction from Fujimura
Prospective students are invited to dinner and art tour prior to film. Registration is now closed.

Makoto Fujimura is recognized as a cultural shaper, melding his incredible talent with his Japanese-American heritage and faith in Christ. Fujimura’s artistic style blends abstract expressionism with the traditional Japanese art of Nihonga. He founded the International Arts Movement, a nonprofit that encourages artists to wrestle with questions of art, faith and humanity through workshops, lectures and performances. Fujimura authored a memoir, "River Grace," and a collection of essays, "Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture."

Fujimura has also completed original works for Crossway’s The Four Holy Gospels, published in the English Standard Version to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible in 1611.

"His art is beautiful," reflected Dr. Jeremy Kolwinska, dean of the College of Arts & Humanities and interim chair for the Department of Art & Design. "It is fascinating to learn more about the process of creation he goes through. Beyond that, though, he has thought carefully about his Christian faith and how it intersects with art and concepts of beauty. It is inspiring to learn from someone who is at the top of their field."

Read Makoto Fujimura’s official bio and explore his works here.

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