Michi Itami

Visual artist, Michi Itami is known for her printmaking, painting, ceramics, and digital art. She was born in Los Angeles, California, and received a BA in English Literature from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), studied at Columbia University in New York, and received an MA from the University of California at Berkeley. Her work has been exhibited widely at institutions such as A.I.R. Gallery in New York, 2221 Gallery in New Delhi, India; Shinsegae Gallery in Seoul, Korea; and Beni Gallery in Kyoto, Japan. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections, including those at the Brooklyn Museum; San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan, Cincinnati Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.

Itami has received several awards and honors, among them a National Endowment for the Arts grant in Printmaking, a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, 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 in Hayward and is Professor Emerita at the City University of New York where she taught for over 20 years.

Artist Info


May 6 1938

Los Angeles, CA




Japanese American