Instructor of Visual Arts, Interlochen Arts Camp
M.F.A., University of South Florida; B.F.A., Boston University
Yoko Nogami was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She received her BFA from Boston University and MFA from University of South Florida. She apprenticed with a Mexican-American muralist Judy Baca in Los Angeles, assisted in the production of World Wall and Guadalupe Mural Project.
Though possessing a strong background in painting, she also incorporates video, installation and performance as an interdisciplinary artist. Her work is conceptually driven on issues of cultural displacement, gender, parenthood and identity. Many of her works incorporate a fictional character named "Toko" who is a hybrid of herself and her daughter, Tora. Toko explores, reflects and portrays how the artist views the environment she is situated in. Nogami is currently engaged in works, which explore Florida’s old time culture juxtaposed with her Japanese identity, through drawings, paintings and installations. She is represented by Clayton Galleries in Tampa, Rollins Fine Art in Saint Petersburg, Riko Mizuno Gallery in Los Angeles, California.
Her works are shown nationally & internationally: Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Tampa, Tokyo, Berlin & Helsinki. She is also a frequent lecturer at national art conferences on gender/cultural identity and populist art.
She is a full time faculty at Pinellas County Center for the Arts, an arts magnet high school program in Saint Petersburg Florida. Her teaching experiences are wide and diverse: University of South Florida; University of Tampa; Art Institute of Tampa; Hillsborough Community College; Creative Clay; Youth Arts Corps, and during the summer at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen Arts Camp.