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Shohei Katayama-GEN-Currently on exhibit at Crane House January 30 2013, 0 Comments

 Shohei Katayama, an accomplished young artist with a broad talent across multiple media currently is showing his work at The Asia Institue at Crane House.

The official Press Release follows here:

January 7, 2013

Asia Institute –Crane House Presents:


January 25-April 19,2013

Louisville, KY. Asia Institute – Crane House presents GEN, January 25 through April 19, 9:30a to 4:30p.  Special Saturday hours, January 26, March 9, April 6, 11a to 3p. Admission is free.


Through motif shapes and forms resident artist, Shohei Katayama, takes you on a journey exploring the relationship between humanity’s ‘origin’ or gen and its perpetual problems of ecology, community and spirituality. 


Katayama’s works are narratives for contemporary issues – the increase of natural disasters and pollution, demand for alternative energy, the gradual collapse and rebirth of communities to name a few. The works are inspired by futurist Michio Kaku, Sachiko Kodama & Yasushi Miyajima, Motoi Yamamoto, Sagaki Keita and architect Ryuji Nakamura. Of the exhibition, AICH Executive Director, Bryan Warren says "Showcasing Asian and Asian American artists, in our region is an important part of our work at Asia Institute - Crane House. Shohei is an emerging artist who is creating an unusual and challenging exhibition that exemplifies the high quality artistic practice that can be found in the Asian community.”


Katayama graduated from Bellarmine University in 2010 with a BA in Fine Arts. He is an active leader in Asian culture awareness.  He has given many lectures and demonstrations at educational institutions and events over traditional forms of Japanese art. Katayama has received additional sculpture training at the University of Louisville in glass blowing, studying under Ché Rodes.


Support for this and other programming has been generously provided in part by Brown-Forman Corp., D.D. Williamson & Company, Stites and Harbson, PLLC, and members and donors of Asia Institute – Crane House. The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to Asia Institute – Crane House with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Asia Institute – Crane House is a community resource that promotes understanding of Asian cultures and heritage through education, outreach and the arts.  The organization offers dynamic programming and outreach for all ages and interests which include K-12 educational programs, strengthening the civic presence of the Asian communities within Louisville and providing opportunities to engage in Asian culture abroad. Through the generous support of corporate sponsors and members and donors, AICH offers numerous programs, exhibits, workshops and language classes throughout the year and offers business-related services to the community.  AICH is located at 1244 S. Third Street in Louisville, Kentucky. Operating hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30a to 4:30p.  For more information, call 502.635.2240 or visit