The Japan Day Art Contest called for submissions of artwork incorporating the themes of  “New York,” “Japan,” and “Central Park.” The winning piece of artwork becomes the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park and is used for the official poster, program, flyer and T-shirts.

 

The official poster features the winning artwork of the increasingly popular Japan Day Art Contest, which received a total of 142 submissions this year. Winners of all awards listed below will be honored on the day of the event and their artwork will be exhibited at the Consulate General of Japan from May 18th to May 29th. The official Artist also will receive a pair of round-trip economy class tickets to Japan, provided by ANA.

 

Artwork incorporates three themes: New York, Japan, and Central Park


WINNER

MARCI ICHIMURA

 

Born in Hawaii and raised in Oregon, Marci has always loved art, traveling and the outdoors. After graduating from the School of Visual Arts she stayed in NYC to pursue a career as a 3d/vfx artist in film and television. In 2010, she was on the team that won an Emmy for "Outstanding Main Title Design." Marci loves the creative process and is enthusiastic about new challenges. She is thrilled to be a part of the Japan Day celebrations and is honored to be recognized among the many other talented artists. Whatever the future holds for her, she knows that creating art will always be a part of her life.

 

About Artwork:

This playful depiction of NYC's Central Park was created by using originally made origami and paper elements. These elements were then photographed and digitally manipulated. While the majority of the poster was based on this method, there are also some computer generated 3d elements used to enhance the scene even more. By combining the traditional Japanese artwork of origami with the latest digital techniques, my goal was to create a unique and whimsical environment, which sparks the viewers imagination.


SENRI AWARD

 

 

LINDSIE JEAN PALMER

 

Lindsie Jean Palmer is a Motion Graphic Designer located in Elkton MD.  She studied motion media and film at Savannah College of Art and Design.  Her professional portfolio includes extra work on House of Cards, Assistant Art Director for the feature film June Adrift, Marketing Directer for the Dexter House of North East MD, Graphic Art and Photography. In her free time, she enjoys painting and creating art from drift wood. You can view some of her work on her web page www.lindsiejean.com

 

About Artwork:

When creating this piece of work, I wrote down the first things that came to my mind when I said the words Japan, New York City and Central Park. With these words, I came up with the Japan flag, the city skyline and the Gapstow bridge. I only use the colors in the flag because I wanted to show the contrast between the foreground of the bridge and the background of the city. The graphic itself encompasses all three of these words.

 

 

MESSAGE FROM SENRI OE, THE GUEST JUROR

Her artwork is very bright and has the strength and delicateness of human living in 2015. I also felt humor within her work. As a Japanese citizen living in New York, I felt an immediate connection to this piece of artwork above all others.

 

Senri Oe, Jazz Pianist

A bestselling Sony Music recording artist, Senri Oe’s international debut all-jazz album “Boys Mature Slow” (PND Records, peaceneverdie.com) in July 2012 has generated many rave reviews including “Jazziz” and “DownBeat” in NYC. "”Boys Mature Slow” received the Album of the Year: New Star Award. Oe has been active and influential in the Japanese music scene as a lyricist, composer and arranger since his debut in 1983. He’s received many awards including “Japan Gold Disc Grand Prix: Best Male Pop Artist 1988” and “FNS Pop Music Award: Best Song of the Year 1989”. In January 2008, Oe decided to move to New York to study jazz under Aaron Goldberg and Junior Mance. Oe graduated from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in May 2012. Recently, Oe’s 3rd album “Collective Scribble” (distributed by Village Music) was at the 2nd place of the Billboard Japan Jazz Charts. Oe is now producing not only his own albums but also those of some talented other artists in NYC.



HONORABLE MENTIONS

JACOB E. GENEN

MICHIKO NOZU

LINDSIE JEAN PALMER

 
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CHIAKI YAGISHITA

 

YASKO YOSHIDA

 


JURORS

(in alphabetical order)

Douglas Blonsky

President & CEO, Central Park Conservancy and Central Park Administrator

Yasuyuki Harada

President & CEO, ITOCHU International Inc. (President of Japan Day Inc.)

David Revere McFadden

Chief Curator Emeritus, Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Senri Oe

Jazz Pianist

Cora Rosevear

Associate Curator, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Mitchell J. Silver

Commissioner New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Reiichiro Takahashi

Ambassador and Consul-General, Consulate General of Japan in New York (Honorary Chairman of Japan Day Inc.)

Kumiko Yoshii

President, Gorgeous Entertainment

(Executive Producer of Japan Day @ Central Park)

AWARDS

Japan Day Official Artist 2015

A pair of round-trip Economy Class tickets to Japan provided by ANA

Digital camera provided by Nikon Americas Inc.

Senri Award

A special prize autographed by Senri Oe

Digital camera provided by Nikon Americas Inc.

Honorable Mentions

Digital camera provided by Nikon Americas Inc.

 

In addition to above, all winners’ artwork will be displayed at an exhibition space on the 18th floor of the Consulate General of Japan in New York, from May 18th to May 29th.