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 44 years we’ve provided support to 868 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 44 years (by 2023), we have provided support for a total of 868 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; sculptor, ODANI Motohiko, a 15th year grantee.
|Total of winners||868 (44th, 22 students)|
|Total Scholarship||253.1 million yen ($1.69million)|
I have a family member with a mental disability, and this was the starting point for my artwork at university. The winning work is a mockumentary about the fictional Paralympic Games, with the Tokyo University of the Arts as a stadium and the plaster statues as athletes. While athletes’ successes attract attention, people live in fear of the risk of serious infection. Although it has become a tourist destination, culture and art still have many barriers for people with disabilities. This work was created around the same time as the Tokyo Olympics 2020, in response to the social situation at the time (and still continues today). I feel the need to think about the real responsibility and significance of my work being winning an art award promoting “public art” on behalf of this university. Once again, thank you very much for the wonderful award.
I’m deeply appreciative for being honored with both the Prize for Excellence and the Grand Prize. “If Liquid Speaks”, “Kairos”, and “Divine” are my artist lighting series which was greatly inspired by the link between the inner world and nature. Additionally, as a designer and artist, I prioritize a product’s practicability, functionality, trend, and commercial nature in addition to its aesthetics. Receiving this award fills me with profound gratitude and inspiration. This will push me to go further and deeper.
As of October 2023.
|Prize for Excellence / Grand Prize||KASAHARA Rikako||Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan|
|Prize for Excellence / International Grand Prize||Jenny (Jiening) CHEN||Art Center College of Design, USA|
|Prize for Excellence||IMAI Ryo||Aichi University of the Arts, Japan|
|NAKAI Serika||Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, Japan|
|NOJO Rei||Kanazawa College of Art, Japan|
|YAMANOUCHI Genshun||Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan|
|SHIRAHATA Kako||Kyoto University of the Arts, JAPAN|
|MATSUOKA Miho||Joshibi University of Art and Design, Japan|
|FUJITA Nono||Tama Art University, Japan|
|IGUCHI Minao||Tokyo Zokei University, Japan|
|ISHIGURO Hikaru||Tohoku University of Art and Design, Japan|
|NOMURA Hinata||Nihon University, Japan|
|SAITO Natsumi||Hiroshima City University, Japan|
|HE Ziyu||Musashino Art University, Japan|
|KIM Eui-Jin||Seoul National University, South Korea|
|ZHAN ZhaoJu||Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, China|
|Iman SENGUPTA||Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore|
|Elise NGUYEN QUOC||École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France|
|Livia RAUCH||Berlin University of the Arts, Germany|
|Special Jury Prize||NOMURA Shunsuke||Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan|
|HEO Sujeong||Ewha Womans University, College of Arts & Design, South Korea|
|AEREE Sul||Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Germany|
The Grand Prize winner is selected from among winners of Prize for Excellence.
ODANI Motohiko Artist / Sculptor
Students who are qualified and recommended by professor
Prize for excellence: 300,000 JPY single installment
|Application Deadline||June 15th, 2023|
|Results Announced||Middle of September, 2023|
|Award Ceremony||TBA, in October/ November, 2023|
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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 2023, the students who received the scholarship are more than 1980.