Visual artist Michi Itami is known for her printmaking, painting, ceramics, and digital art. She was born in Los Angeles and received a BA in English literature from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); studied at Columbia University, New York City; and received an MA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Itami's work has been exhibited widely at institutions such as A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, New York City; Atelier 2221, New Delhi, India; Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, South Korea; and Beni Gallery, Kyoto, Japan. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, New York City; Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.
Itami has received awards and honors including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts, and a printmaking fellowship in Asilah, Morocco. In 2004, Itami was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's Caucus for Art.
She taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and at California State University, East Bay, and is professor emerita at the City University of New York, where she taught for more than 20 years.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records
May 6 1938
Los Angeles, CA