Emi Ozawa

Emi Ozawa

Born: 1962, Tokyo, Japan

Biography and Information


Emi Ozawa created this body of work at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program from 2016 to 2017. Several of the pieces are based on Amidakuji, a Japanese game of chance learned by every school-aged child. If you follow the line, you find the winner.

While working in her large studio in Roswell, Ozawa was able to increase the scale of her work. Her painted wood wall sculptures explore color, line, volume, geometry, and shadow. Her playful yet purposeful compositions shift as the viewer moves around the work. Carefully crafted and finished, the sculptures are made of either mahogany or poplar, and painted with acrylic.

Central to Ozawa’s studio practice is an elaborate model-making process in which the artist works out form and structure with paper prior to creating the larger wood pieces. For this body of work, Ozawa presents each model as a series of 4 unique works. This is the first time her small paper models have been made available to collectors.

Originally from Tokyo, Ozawa currently lives and works in Albuquerque, NM. She studied woodworking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and later earned an MFA in furniture design from the Rhode Island School of Design. 

Through forms and colors, I like to make sculptures that suggest playfulness and evoke curiosity.  -Emi Ozawa

Rhode Island School of Design, Furniture Design, M.F.A., Providence, RI

The University of the Art, Craft/wood B.F.A., Philadelphia, PA

Tokyo School of Art, Tokyo, Japan

Joshibi University of Art and Design, Graphic Design, A.A. and Post-Graduate Course, Tokyo, Japan

Westward HO! A Look at Contemporary Craft from the Southwest, Wayne Art Center, PA
Alcoves 2020, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
300 K Away, Gallery Fritz, Santa Fe, NM
Unfolding Tradition, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM

Follow the Line, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM (solo)
PARALLAX, A RAiR Connection Exhibition, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM

The 27th Annual ArtThrive: Art Exhibition & Benefit, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
Taking Flight, Bone Springs Art Space, Roswell, NM

Unstructured Merriment: 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Miniatures & More, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM

From the Ground Up: Design Here + Now, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM
Coordinates, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Richard Whitten Emi Ozawa, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA
Ikebana, Group Show, 5G Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Small Works, Group Show, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA
New Work, Project Room, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Ikebana, Group Show, 5G Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Small Works, Group Show, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA
Miniatures and More 2013, The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM

Small Works, Group Show, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA
Boxes and Their Makers, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL (traveling)

Boxes and Their Makers, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, WI (traveling)
Serious Play, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM (with Jeff Kellar)
Meredyth and Meg Go 3D, Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA

Boxes and Their Makers, The Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA

Albuquerque Now, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
Boxes and Their Makers, Messler Gallery, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, ME
Craft in America: Focus on Wood, The society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA

Going To The Dog, The RISD Museum, Providence, RI

The artful home show by The Guild, Ink, New York, NY

Synchronize, Palette Contemporary Art & Craft, Albuquerque, NM (solo)
CAUTION! Animals at work, The Wharton Esherick Museum, Paoli, PA
Clocks: Time Well Spent, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY
Group Show, Rogers Gallery, Mattapoisett, MA

ABC of Craft, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
September Exhibition, RISD/works, Providence, RI

Domesticated Animals, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
Influences: UArts Alumni Furniture, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Furniture: Future Tense, The Store@DeCordova, Lincoln, MA
Inside Out, Bausch & Lomb Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

The 30th Annual Toys Designed by Artists Exhibition, The Arkansas Center Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AR
Contemporary Studio Case Furniture: The Inside Story, Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
For Your Collection, Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA

Objects for the New Millennium: Contemporary design from Japan, The
Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden, Delray Beach, FL
Celebrating Boxes, (Traveling Exhibition in the UK through 2003) Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, UK
Oxo Tower Gallery, London, UK
Centennial Arts & Crafts Exhibition, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI

JOSHIBI: A Centenary Exhibition, Gallery Mitsukoshi, Nihonbashi, Tokyo,
Invitational Box Exhibition, del Mano Gallery, Pasadena, CA
Studio Furniture, The Society of Art and Crafts, Boston, MA
Studio Furniture: A Fine Art Invitational, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

Boxes and Sculpture, The Sarah Doyle Gallery Providence, RI (solo)

Toys and Gadgets, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA

Contemporary North American Furniture – Survey of the Furniture Makers Art, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY
Mirror, curated by Rosanne Somerson, Joanne Rapp Gallery, The hand and spirit, Scottsdale, AZ

Please be seated: Master of Art of Seating, The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL

The Domestic Object: Articles for Everyday Living, The Berkshire Museum, Worcester Center for Crafts, Fuller Museum, MA
The Graduates, Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Toys Designed by Artists Exhibition, The Arkansas Center Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AR

Albuquerque Museum
Arkansas Center Decorative Art Museum
Bernstein Management Corporation
Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection
Fidentia Collection

Nominee, USA Fellowship 

Louise Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award Nominee

Honorable Mention, American Craft Council Craft Market Baltimore

Purchase Award, Toys Designed by Artists Exhibition
The Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AR

Marcus A. Renzetti Memorial Award,
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
The Alexander Award, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Wesley Pulkka, Art review: Exhibit by Albuquerque artist Emi Ozawa playful, superb,  Albuquerque Journal, February 18
Maggie Grimason, Playing With Shape, The Weekly Alibi, January 18 – 24

Wes Pulkka,
 Local art show includes pinhole photos by former UNM professor, Venue, Albuquerque Journal, May 3
Elaine Ritchel, Unfolding Our Hometown MapMassive citywide exhibition navigates Albuquerque’s art trajectory, The Weekly Alibi, January 29 – February 4
Kathaleen Roberts, ABQ exhibits push artistic boundaries, Albuquerque Journal, January 25

Cate McQuaid, Week Ahead: Gallery picks, The Boston Globe, August 27

Richard Whitten and Emi Ozawa work featured at Dedee Shattuck Gallery, The Herald News, Fall River, MA, August 20

Thomas B. Harrison, Out of the box: Mobile Museum of Art exhibits ‘Boxes and Their Makers’ through July 1 (gallery), Al.com, May 18

Gallery News for Thursday, Radio broadcast, February 17, Albuquerque, 95.5 KHFM
Wesley Pulkka, Volumes are spoken in simplicity, Albuquerque Journal, February 6

Peggy Mullen, CHIT CHAT: Emi Ozawa, The Patriot Ledger, Enterprisenews.com, September 23
Local IQ, Albuquerque, NM, December 23
The Boston Globe, MA, August 12

Oscar P. Fitzgerald, New Master of the Wooden Box – Expanding the Boundaries of Box Making, Fox Chapel Publishing

Providence Journal, Lifebeat Section, RI, December 4
Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion, April/May
Chesapeake Home’s Kitchen & Bath Guide, Summer

The Artful Home, Lark Books
DIVERSION, for Physician at leisure, November

Image Magazine, Silicon Valley Community Newspaper, July
YANKEE Magazine, April
ANEW, a magazine for women in South Central Wisconsin, March issue
The Dallas Morning News, March 31

Home Decor BUYER, May/June

400 Wood Boxes, Lark Books
Home & Design, May & June issue, Washington DC, MD and VA

Press Release
2018 Follow The Line at Richard Levy Gallery

2016 Unstructured Merriment at Richard Levy Gallery

2015 Coordinates at Richard Levy Gallery

2014 New Work at Richard Levy Gallery

2011 Serious Play at Richard Levy Gallery