Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University of the Arts
We set up “The TAKIFUJI Art Award” scholarship program in 1980. Our aim is to support artistically talented young students who would contribute to the future of the art and culture. Presently the scholarship draws students from 13 domestic and 12 foreign institutions-5 from Asia, and 7 from Europe and the U.S. The scholarship provides 300,000 yen a year to each recipient. Over the last 43 years we’ve provided support to 846 students, some of whom have become leaders in the art world.
As The Association promote public art all over japan, we set up “The TAKIFUJI Art Award” in 1980 to foster young talents who could contribute to the future of public art. Since we extended our invitations to overseas students in 1991, we changed the name to “The International TAKIFUJI Art Award.” Presently, the scholarship draws students from 12 foreign institutions as well as 13 domestic colleges. Over the last 43 years (by 2022), we have provided support for a total of 846 young art students from Japan and abroad. Some have become leaders in the art world. Among them, sculptor AOKI Noe, a 1st year grantee; contemporary artist; NARA Yoshitomo, a 5th year grantee; contemporary artist, YANOBE Kenji, a 9th year grantee; and sculptor and associate professor at Tokyo University of the Arts, ODANI Motohiko, a 15th year grantee.
|Total of winners||846|
|Total Scholarship||246.8 million yen ($1.60million)|
Thank you very much for awarding me the Prize for Excellence and the Grand Prize. “Album without your face” is a work in which I attempted to give form to the inseparable relationship between my mother and myself, as well and my complex feelings toward her. I can no longer remember the image of my mother, whom I permanently disconnected from in my childhood. However, her presence remains strong in my mind. I am very honored that my work was selected because it is an important piece of work in which I faced up to my changing feelings towards my mother as I grew older and her presence in my life. It will encourage me in my future activities.
The visual language of videogames is a big influence in my work. The way the world is portrayed as an unfixed place where something is yet to happen is a fascinating concept that I aim to translate into the static language of painting and printmaking. I find the atmospheres and moods of the scenes by making decisions instinctively and trying to focus not on what is in front of me, but rather on my memories of these spaces, which are sometimes magical and romanticised places, sometimes a bleak, hazy image or just a set of colours. I am very grateful and inspired to receive this award, as it gives me the resources to extend my research on the medium and to work on new projects as well, as the prolonged pursuit of the subject continues to yield new ideas.
As of October 2022.
|Prize for Excellence / Grand Prize||KIKAWA Hinata||Hiroshima City University, Japan|
|Prize for Excellence / International Grand Prize||Lukas HENGELHAUPT||Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Germany|
|Prize for Excellence||DOTA Yuka||Aichi University of the Arts, Japan|
|KOTOU Miku||Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, Japan|
|HANAI Madoka||Kanazawa College of Art, Japan|
|ONO Risa||Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan|
|FUKUMOTO Reo||Kyoto University of Arts, JAPAN|
|WADA Sayoko||Joshibi University of Art and Design, Japan|
|FUKUDA Hiroaki||Tama Art University, Japan|
|SHIGETOMI Ayaka||Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan|
|TERADAIRA Hana||Tokyo Zokei University, Japan|
|WADA Ryuta||Tohoku University of Art and Design, Japan|
|LIU Ruiqi||Nihon University, Japan|
|WEI Yanghao||Musashino Art University, Japan|
|OH Chaehyun||Ewha Womans University, College of Arts & Design, Korea|
|Wu QIAN||Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, China|
|Shannon LIM LI XUAN||Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore|
|Dora JERIDI||École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France|
|Bram DROULERS||University of the Arts London, UK|
|Kaya Gayoung JEONG||Art Center College of Design, USA|
|Special Jury Prize||SHIBATA Mizuki||Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan|
|KAMEDA Makishi||Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan|
|PARK Seongwon||Berlin University of the Arts, Germany|
The Grand Prize winner is selected from among winners of Prize for Excellence.
SUENAGA Toshiaki Japanese painter
Students who are qualified and recommended by professor
Prize for excellence: 300,000 JPY single installment
|Application Deadline||June 15th, 2022|
|Results Announced||Middle of September, 2022|
|Award Ceremony||TBA, in October/ November, 2022|
The 42th Scholarship Application Guidelines 2022 (PDF: 3.2MB)
How to apply online the International TAKIFUJI Art Award (PDF:213KB)
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Takifuji Foundation was established in 1968 as an aid program to foster potential in the younger generation. The name of “Takifuji” was taken by the name of TAKI Fujitaro, who is one of the founder. It is available to people working in transportation or traffic related businesses (including tourism) and their family members currently attending university or another form of higher education. Each year around 50 participants are selected and receive financial assistance or full scholarship. Up to 2022, the students who received the scholarship are more than 1900.