Hitoshi Nakazato, an artist, printmaker and professor in the Graduate School of Fine Arts, died July 17, 2010, from head injuries related to a fall. He was 74.
A native of Tokyo, Japan, Mr. Nakazato earned a bachelor of fine arts from Tama University of Arts in 1960. Four years later, he graduated with a MS in art from the University of Wisconsin. He received an MFA from Pennís Graduate School of Fine Arts (GSFA) in 1966 . Prior to beginning his career at Penn, Mr. Nakazato taught oil painting at his alma mater in Tokyo and worked in New York on a Rockefeller III Fund Grant. After being selected for an exhibition of contemporary Japanese art at the Guggenheim Museum, he was invited to join the GSFA faculty in 1971 as a master printer.
Mr. Nakazato established the Print Studio at Penn in 1979 and was responsible for reinstituting the printmaking major, which had been discontinued years before his arrival. He was the chairman of the Graduate School of Fine Arts from 1995-1999, and retired from Penn in 2007.
Mr. Nakazato helped to curate four shows at Pennís Arthur Ross Gallery, a show of faculty and alumni work, student work, the work of Asian students and a retrospective of his own work in 2007 (Almanac May 8, 2007). He was known for encouraging faculty and students alike to make and display their own prints.
Mr. Nakazatoís work was displayed in many museums and galleries around the world, including the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Toyko, the Tikotin Museum in Haifa, Israel, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Mr. Nakazato is survived by his wife, Sumiko Takeda Nakazato; a son, Gene; daughter, Amy Filaci; two sisters, one brother and two grandchildren.