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Takeshi Takahara

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus



Curriculum Vitae
  • M.F.A. (Printmaking), University of Iowa, 1971
  • M.A., University of Iowa, 1970
  • B.A. (Economics), Hosei University — Tokyo, 1965

Takeshi Takahara began his academic career at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, where he taught art and established a printmaking program.

He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1982 and has since taught foundation drawing, life drawing, printmaking, and intaglio, which is his specialized area of expertise. In addition, he has held visiting artist positions at Nagoya University of Arts in Nagoya, Japan, and at Kyoto Seika University in Kyoto, Japan.

In 2005, Takahra was named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in recognition of his consistently outstanding performance in undergraduate teaching. The Thurnau professorship is one of the highest honors accorded to University of Michigan faculty.

Takahara has had over 40 solo exhibitions and more than 80 competitive, invitational and group exhibitions, both in the U.S. and internationally. His recent work investigates the phenomena of natural resources, such as water, and challenges the boundaries of traditional print by creating a series of dimensional pieces that incorporate both encaustic (old) and digital technology (new).