Two Visiting Artists featured in Exhibitions/Lectures

The School of Design invites all faculty, staff and students to the opening reception for two new exhibitions in the Bethea and Moffett Galleries.

Exhibition Dates: January 30- February 20, 2018

Chris Boyd Taylor (Bethea Gallery)
Made for TV: TriColor Stands and the Fixins’ to Go With
February 20, 2018 Taylor artist talk: 5pm TVAC 103
Closing Reception follows 6-7pm


Yoshie Sakai (Moffett Gallery)
January 30, 2018 Sakai artist talk: 5pm TVAC 103
Opening reception follows 6-7pm

Artist Biographies:
Chris Boyd Taylor has Fine Arts degrees from Ohio State University and New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Craft, scale, color, movement, architecture, spectatorship, anthropomorphism, and interpersonal relationships make up the principle interests in his studio practice. He is currently creating work in direct response to travels he took throughout the Southeast United States documenting venues of spectatorship. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, with two major public art commissions Remolcador en Camino at the Pablo Neruda Plaza, Montevideo Uruguay and The Cardboard Kids at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville Tennessee. In 2013 he was an Emerging Art Fellow at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens New York . He is currently working on a commission for the Nashville International Airport to hang in one of the concourse’s skylights.

More of Taylor’s work can be seen at:

Taylor will give an Artist’s Talk at the closing reception for the exhibit on February 20, 2018, 5pm in TVAC 103.

Yoshie Sakai was the Best of Show recipient in last year’s national juried exhibition, The Louisiana Biennial, hosted by the School of Design. Juror Rachel Cook, Curator of Diverseworks in Houston selected Sakai for this award of a solo exhibition.

Yoshie Sakai is a multidisciplinary artist (video, installation, performance, and sculpture) living and working in Gardena, a city southwest of Los Angeles, California. She sees herself as an undercover cultural agent exposing the absurdities of a manipulative social structure while at the same time humorously struggling and reveling in it as a participant.

Her work creates an uneasy environment that embodies her love-hate relationship with pop culture, as she uses humor to tackle anxiety about defining herself positively within the idealistic world created by the mass media. More recently, her work challenges the myth of the “model minority” to reveal the complexities that lie underneath the guise of superficial “perfection” of being both Asian American and a woman in society.

She attended the ACRE Residency Program (2016), the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014), and received the 2012 California Community Foundation for Visual Artists Emerging Artist Fellowship. Her work has been shown throughout the United States in film festivals and art exhibitions from Los Angeles to Miami, as well as internationally in Cambodia, Canada, Germany, and Japan. She received her BFA from California State University Long Beach and her MFA from Claremont Graduate University, and is currently preparing for her solo exhibition in April at the Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento, California.

More of Sakai’s work can be seen at

Sakai will give an artist talk at the opening reception on January 30, 2018, 5pm, TVAC 103.

These events are free and open to the public. Reception food is generously provided by Ponchatoula’s Restaurant.

Hope to see you there!