Mari Omori, MFA
Professor of Art
Lone Star College Kingwood
COLLAGE: The Art for Cancer Network
Born and raised in Chiba-Prefecture, Japan, Mari Omori is a multi-media artist, art educator, and curator who received her MFA from UCLA. Her awards include the Mino Paper Art Village AIR, Japan in 2008 and Palm Beach County Cultural Council Artist Grant, FL in 2007. Her works have been exhibited in one-person and group shows in the U.S. , Thailand, Taiwan, and Japan. Her recent solo-exhibition, “mari omori” was held at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Spring, TX, in 2011. Most recently, she was invited by Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre to create a stage set and dance costumes entirely in Washi, Japanese hand-made paper, for, “UZUME”. Her upcoming shows include a group show in Saltzwedel, Germany and a two-person show, “Knitting Time” at HCCS in 2013. She is currently a Professor of Art at Lone Star College-Kingwood, Kingwood, TX, a position she has held since 2002.
Mari describes her personal artwork as a process of exploration. She works most often in multi-media from small palm-size sculptures to room-size installations, and often works in collaboration with other artists and experts in particular fields. Mari’s earlier art practices were studio works where she was the solo artist, while her more recent art practices have been artist-in-residencies, research travels, directing art projects, curating exhibitions, and collaborating with cross disciplinary artists. No matter the medium, Mari makes a conscience effort to express her cultural identity as a Japanese-American artist.
In addition to her work at Lone Star College - Kingwood and her personal work, Mari has been an Artist-in-Residence for COLLAGE since 2007. Through her position with COLLAGE, Mari has had the opportunity to meet hundreds of patients and caregivers through her group workshops. She believes making art can be both liberating and self-expressive.
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Photo credit: Katy Anderson