Makoto Fujimura to be Commencement Speaker

I am thrilled to announce that one of the world’s most significant visual artists and influential leaders in the Arts, Makoto Fujimura, will be our Jackson Campus commencement speaker April 30.

Mako is an artist, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural influencer by both faith-based and secular media.

makotofujimuraA Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts (2003-2009), he has contributed internationally as an advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts.

We will award Mako an honorary doctorate in recognition of his significant work and leadership in the Arts.  It is a joy for Belhaven to honor him, and for Mako to honor us by accepting, because Belhaven University is one of only 30 schools in America accredited in all four Arts – Music, Theatre, Dance, and Visual Art, and the only evangelical University working at the highest levels in the Arts.

Makoto Fujimura’s work is exhibited at galleries around the world, including Dillon Gallery (New York), Sen Gallery (Tokyo), The Contemporary Museum of Tokyo, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum and Oxford House, Taiku Place (Hong Kong). He has painted live on stage at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall as part of an ongoing collaboration with composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra.

A popular speaker, he has lectured at numerous conferences and universities, including the Aspen Institute, Yale, Princeton, the Q Conference, and IAM’s Encounter 10. Fujimura’s second book, Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture, is a collection of essays bringing people of all backgrounds together in conversation and meditation on culture, art, and humanity. Fujimura founded the International Arts Movement in 1992.

He is currently exhibiting “the Four Holy Gospels” works he created in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

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