Norie Sato was born in Sendai, Japan and lives and works in Seattle, Washington. She earned a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from the University of Washington.
She works in sculpture and two-dimensional work, and in various media including glass, metal, terrazzo floors, integrated design work, landscape, video, and light. Sato’s practice includes works for galleries, museums, and other installations. She strives to add meaning and human touch to the built environment and considers edges, transitions, and connections as important as the center.
Her projects are located around the country at the San Diego International Airport Reflection Room; San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2; Arabian Library and McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center, both in Scottsdale; Miami International Airport; the Seattle Justice Center; Iowa State University's Hach Chemistry Building; Salt Lake City Light Rail; the new Port of Portland Headquarters; and University of Wisconsin/Madison's new Biochemistry Building. Her latest projects include mosaics for Fort Worth's new Chisholm Trail Parkway and artwork for the Union St. East-West Connector for Seattle's waterfront.
Sato received many awards including a Governor’s Art and Heritage Award in Washington, a Public Art Network Leadership Award from Americans for the Arts, Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Achievement from Artist Trust in Seattle, WA; an honorary membership to the American Institute of Architects Seattle Chapter, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a former member of the Public Art Network Council and former commissioner of the Seattle Design Commission.