IMC 2017 Closing: Photographs and New Newsletter

IMC Sadly Announces The Passing Of Keiko Kadota, IMC’s Dedicated Founder & Organizer

Keiko Kadota
Keiko Kadota

ニュース ↓

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Keiko Kadota on January 10, 2017. She was a great friend and important mentor to many artists within and outside Japan, promoting international understanding through her many projects. As the Director of the Nagasawa Art Park (NAP) residency mokuhanga training program (1997-2011) and its successor the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory (MI-LAB) her work has been of special importance in advancing an understanding of mokuhanga, Japanese woodcut, as a creative practice internationally. The network of strong friendships she fostered has resulted in many mokuhanga exhibitions, classes, conferences, presentations and other events in all parts of the world. She was also a supporter of related craft traditions and had a deep understanding and appreciation for washi, Japanese handmade paper. In addition to her work as Director of two Japanese residencies, she initiated the tri-annual International Mokuhanga Conferences. The third of these conferences, IMC2017, will be held in Hawaii September 28 to October 1, 2017. The MI-LAB program will continue to accept applications for residencies, and the Tokyo CfSHE office will continue to offer classes and exhibitions related to mokuhanga. The passion and dedication of Keiko Kadota will be deeply missed, but her programs will continue her legacy of promoting international understanding and cooperation through mokuhanga.

In celebration of her accomplishments, MI-LAB is preparing an exhibition for June 2017 in Cyprus, which has been designated by the EU as European Capital of Culture for the year. It concerns the history of MI-LAB and NAP between 1997 and 2017 with an overview of the development of mokuhanga internationally. As a part of its research, MI-LAB will conduct a survey of NAP and MI-LAB alumni regarding their mokuhanga print publications, their other creative work including work with washi paper, their careers in educational fields, and the launch of new studios and residencies. This research will be presented at the Third International Mokuhanga Conference, Hawaii, with a small farewell celebration for Keiko, whose work so profoundly influenced the lives of so many artists, craftspeople and educators.

For further information about Keiko Kadota’s continuing programs:

Written by April Vollmer for MI-LAB Committee Board


Keiko Kadota


兵庫県淡路島の長沢アートパーク(NAP)ディレクターとして1997年から2009年の13年に渡る水彩多色摺り木版画制作プログラム並びに2011年から始まった国際木版画ラボ(MI-LAB)での木版画の後継者の育成に伴った彼女の業績は、国際的な木版画制作に関する 理解を高める上で大変重要な存在でした。



MI-LAB プログラムは、これからも引き続きレジデンスプログラムの申請を受入れます。


門田恵子の情熱と献身は深く慕われますが、木版画を通しての国際理解、協力を促進する プログラムは、彼女の遺産としてこれからも引き継がれていく事でしょう。

彼女の業績を祝い、MI-LABは、2021年6月欧州文化首都に指定されたキプロスで開催される展覧会に参加する為の準備をしています。この展示は、MI-LAB と 長沢アートパーク(NAP) の 1997年から2017年の歴史と木版画の国際化の発展の概要に関するものです。


MI-LAB 委員会会員 エイプリル ヴァルマー 書 2017年 3月 門田けい子の継続プログラムの詳細については、

国際木版画ラボ(MI-LAB)滞在制作/レジデンス プログラム


IMC 2017 Hawaii: The Bridgemakers

Claire Cuccio, Hiroki Morinoue and Miho Morinoue at IMC2014

ニュース ↓

IMC 2014 Tokyo was held at the Tokyo University of the Arts with the Satellite events held at the 3331 Arts Chiyoda complex. It was a very rich experience and a celebration of art and culture that seems to have happened just yesterday.
During the conference, we exchanged some thoughts about holding the next IMC abroad to benefit many Japanese interests. Holding the conference outside Japan would offer Japanese craftsmen and young Japanese printmakers an opportunity to see how Japanese mokuhanga is used in the West, and to see Western views of Mokuhanga and its future possibilities. This is the only way to bring such an awareness to them, and to interest them in the rich learning experiences and development made possible by international exchanges and networking with Artist-in-Residence Programs. It will help strengthen the relationship among all the interests and beyond and sustain the lives of printmakers and craftsmen.


printing demonstration IMC2014

この会議中、次のIMCを海外で開催することが如何に多くの日本の木版画界の活性化に役立つ事か考慮した上で、いくつかの考えを交換しました。 この会議を日本国外で開催する事は、日本の職人や若手の版画家に、日本の木版画が西洋でどのように使われているか、木版画の西洋的景観とその将来の可能性を自ら見聞して頂きたく機会を設ける事になりました。こうした唯一の考え、意識の下で、国際交流やアーティストーインーレジデンスのプログラムなどのネットワークにより可能となった豊かな学習体験、研究、開発に関心を持つ事は必然的です。 それは、全ての木版画関係者、それ以外に興味ある人達の利害関係を強化し、版画家や職人の日常生活を支え維持する為に役立つ事と思います。

IMC 2014 Tokyo

the final banquet IMC2014

ニュース ↓

At the 2014 IMC Hiroki and Setsuko Morinoue discussed the possibility of hosting the next conference in Hawaii, since that location offers good support for Japanese artists and craftspeople who may have have language and cultural barriers to face during the first trip outside Japan.
We approached Prof. Charles Cohen at the University Hawaii Manoa and the Honolulu Printmakers’ Executive Director Duncan Dempster to support the Conference as Site Co-Chairs on the island of Oahu, since this event will be hosted by IMC2021 Hawaii Local Committee under the Donkey Mill Art Center, on the island of Hawaii, “the Big Island.”
The key players on Oahu and Hawaii as well as many dedicated individuals are lining up as we move forward. We are very excited to collaborate and willing to work hard to make this event a success and to celebrate across the state.

Hiroki and Setsuko Morinoue with April Vollmer and John Yamaguchi at IMC 2014


国際木版画会議2014でヒロキとセツコ・モリノウエは次回の会議の主催地をハワイとした場合の可能性について話し合いを重ねました。ハワイが初めて日本国外へ旅行をする版画家、職人達にとって、言語と文化の障壁がある事を良好に受けとめ支援出来る最適な場所と考えました。この本会議がホノルルで開催する事で、地元実行委員会は、本部をハワイ島の財団法人ドンキーミル アート センター内に特別所属する事で承諾し、ハワイ大学のチャールズ・コーエン教授、財団法人ホノルル プリントメーカーの事務局長ダンカンデンプスターに連絡を取りホノルル現地の副実行委員長を分け持って, 合同協力をお願いしました。
オアフとハワイのキープレーヤーと多くの献身的な人達が、この祭典の為にボランティアとして協力する為に名乗り出ています。 地元実行委員会は、会員全てが、このイベントを州全体で木版画を通し芸術文化の祭典になり、成功をもたらす様懸命に働くことに非常な熱意を燃やしています。