Education


2015

MFA Studio Art. American University; Washington, DC

2014

GlogauAIR Artist Residency: GlogauAIR, Berlin, Germany

2007

BA in Art: Drawing and Photography. Cum Laude, Departmental Honors. Spring Arbor University; Spring Arbor, MI

Exhibitions


2017

Creative Alchemy: Howard University Interdisciplinary Research Building; Washington, DC

2016

Art Squared: Art Walla Walla, Cavu Cellars; Walla Walla, WA

2015

E Pluribus Unum: Vilnius Academy of Art; Vilnius, Lithuania. *Funding provided by US Embassy Vilnius

Blueprint: Katzen Art Museum; AU; Washington, DC

Soft Lab: Gallery 102; Washington, DC. Curated by Eames Armstrong

Assignment: Happy Birthday: Hamiltonian Gallery; Washington, DC

2014

Hanging on the Line: Union Market; Washington, DC. Curated by Tom Bunnell

Short Film Fest: Brookland Artspace, Washington, DC

5x5x5: Target Art Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center; Arlington, VA

Micro Machines: Katzen Art Center; American University; Washington, DC

Champion Divers: Katzen Art Museum; AU; Washington, DC

2007

Abstractions in Drawing and Photography: Ganton Art Gallery, Spring Arbor University; Spring Arbor, MI

Curatorial


2015

version252: Curator. Gallery 252, Katzen Art Center; American University; Washington, DC

2009

Sustainability Exhibit: Assistant Curator. Photographs by Daniel Beltra, National Geographic photographer. Benham Gallery; Seattle, WA

Awards, Grants and Honors


2016

Won selective admission into the Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Boot Camp; Seattle, WA.

2015

Grant Recipient, US Dept. of State: Grant to cover the cost of international travel, US Embassy Vilnius; Lithuania

Graduate Research Grant: College of Arts & Sciences, American University; Washington, DC

2014

Dr. Carol Bird Ravenal Award: American University Travel Grant to cover the costs of travel to Berlin, Germany

Babs van Swearingen Award: American University; Washington, DC

2013

Sustainability Grant: Developing a Green Studio Art Practice. AU Office of Sustainability

Babs van Swearingen Award: American University; Washington, DC

2007

Departmental Honors, Cum Laude: Spring Arbor University; Spring Arbor, MI

Published Photograph- Finalist: Photographer’s Forum Magazine, Best of College Photography Annual

Text and Media


Jenkins, Mark. “In the galleries: Dark hues that paint unsettling portents.” The Washington Post. N.p., 15 June 2017. Web. http://wapo.st/2vEiMRU.

Grabner, Michelle, “Never confess, never explain, never apologize, and never complain. But you got to be there.” Blueprint exhibition catalog, 2015.

Blueprint: MFA Thesis Exhibition, exhibit announcement with photograph, Katzen Art Museum, Washington, DC, April 22, 2015.

Kriston Capps, “Naoko Wowsugi + Whoop Dee Doo,” Washington City Paper, January 23, 2015, Arts & Entertainment: Gallery (museums).

Wowsugi, Naoko with Gallery Director Amanda Jirón-Murphy. “Time-Based Studio Sings…” Audio guide and commentary for the exhibit, “Assignment: Happy Birthday.” Hamiltonian Gallery; Washington, DC. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/assignment-happy-birthday/id958286858?mt=2.