Osumi Yukie Japanese, Living National Treasure , 1945

Ōsumi Yukie was designated Living National Treasure in 2015, and is the first female metalwork artist to receive this honor in history. She specializes in tankin, or hammered vessels. Osumi graduated in 1969 from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Afterwards, she studied under Kashima Ikkoku (1898-1996), Sekiya Shirō (1907-1994), and Katsura Moriyuki (1914-1996). She also trained as an artist in the United Kingdom for a year under the sponsorship by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. She has received many honors and awards, and most recently in 2014, was the first to be awarded a residency at The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art in Washington, D.C.


Selected Exhibitions:

2013 - 2023       Asia Week New York, US

2022                   Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan

                            Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future, Venice, Italy

2021 - 2022      Japan: A History of Style, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, US

2016                   Creating Handicrafts, Wako, Tokyo, Japan

2015                   SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US 

2013                   Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan, Morikami Museum and Japanese

                           Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, US 

Selected Public Collections:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York 

National Museum of Asian Art at Smithsonian Institution | Washington DC, US
Victoria and Albert Museum | London 
Royal Museum in Edinburgh | Scotland
National Museum of Modern Art | Tokyo