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NMSU?s ?Global Connections? event shares Japanese art and culture

From traditional woodblock printing to modern J-Pop music, the next ?Global Connections? presentation brings art school in Japan to the New Mexico State University campus.

Group photo of students in metalsmithing class.
Last summer, Motoko Furuhashi, assistant professor of art at NMSU, taught a six-week metalsmithing and jewelry course at Musahino Art University in Tokyo, Japan. She will highlight her experience during the April 13 ?Global Connections? presentation, ?Crafting connections: Japanese art school experience.? (Courtesy photo)

Motoko Furuhashi, assistant professor of art in the College of Arts and Sciences, will present ?Crafting connections: Japanese art school experience,? from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the College of Health and Social Services Annex Auditorium, Room 101A.

Last summer, Furuhashi taught a six-week metalsmithing and jewelry course at Musahino Art University in Tokyo, Japan. Her ?Global Connections? presentation will emphasize the interconnectedness between Japanese art and culture.

?One of the defining elements in Japanese life is aesthetics,? Furuhashi said. ?The experiences of the art student have played a powerful role in shaping Japanese art as we know it.?

Specifically, she explained, the relationship between traditional perspectives and contemporary ideals are presented in the modern Japanese art school experience.

Furuhashi ? who specializes in metalwork ? said her time abroad also offered creative inspiration and motivation for her own art.

?Everything was remarkable ? the students, environment, community, culture,? she said.
?We often set our limit as what we know. Traveling is the best way to expand your knowledge and experience, which will lead you to expand your limit and open your mind.?

The ?Global Connections? series features College of Arts and Sciences faculty members? trips around the world. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for members of the campus and surrounding community to listen and ask questions of NMSU professors about the kind of global first-hand experience they might otherwise never encounter.

All ?Global Connections? events are free and open to the public.