The 17th Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala

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The 17th Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala

The 17th Annual Mondale Award Dinner & Gala

 

The Japan America Society of Minnesota is happy to announce the 17th Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Dinner Gala on Saturday, November 1st 2014. This year the Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Matthew Welch, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Directors Office and Asian Art department.

Proceeds from this fundraising event will enable JASM to continue to offer fascinating social and educational programs that promote cultural exchange between Minnesota and Japan, including the merit-based Mondale Scholarship.

Program Highlights

Highlights include:

  • Keynote Speaker Dr. Matthew Welch, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Directors Office and Asian Art department.
  • Presentation by former Vice President Walter Mondale of the Mondale Award for Japan – Minnesota Partnership.
  • The Mondale Scholarship will be announced for three Minnesota students for study in Japan.
  • ​A Silent Auction will be held during the reception and cocktail hour.
  • A Live Auction will be held during the dinner.
The Award Recipient has been announced.

Warren MacKenzie, a North American craft potter, has touched the lives of many people in Japan as in the United States through his pottery His simple, wheel-thrown functional pottery is heavily influenced by the oriental aesthetic of Shoji Hamada and Korean ceramics. He is credited with bringing the Japanese Mingei style of pottery to Minnesota, fondly referred to as the “Mingei-sota style.”

Warren MacKenzie visited Japan when he served in the military in 1945. There he met Dr. Shigeo Miyata, physician and well-known artist, who arranged for an exhibition of MacKenzie’s paintings at the prestigious gallery “Nichido-garo” in Ginza, Tokyo.  Warren MacKenzie was a painter first, but he was also fascinated by the pottery tradition of Japan and later began studying pottery. After his military service, MacKenzie apprenticed with the famous potter, Bernard Leach in the U.K., 1949 to 1952. They became greatly influenced by the Mingei (folkcraft) aesthetic tradition developed by famous Japanese potters, Shoji Hamada and Muneyoshi Yanagi, both major figures in the Mingei movement in Japan. MacKenzie invited Hamada to do workshops on pottery and to hold an exhibition in Saint Paul, the only one provided during a tour of the U.S. in 1952.

MacKenzie has described his goal in pottery as making “everyday” pots.  Although his pots are found in major museums and command high prices among collectors, MacKenzie has always kept his prices low in order for ordinary people to use and enjoy his pottery. There have been many students over the years who have been taught and influenced by the pottery of Warren MacKenzie. One such student was the late Joan Mondale, who shared her work and her great appreciation of Japanese pottery while serving with her husband, former Ambassador Walter Mondale in Japan. JASM is pleased to honor Warren MacKenzie with the Mondale Award for Japan – Minnesota Partnership.   For more information on Warren MacKenzie and his work, check out this video by MN Original.

Keynote Speaker

 

Dr. Matthew Welch will be the keynote speaker for the 17th Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala. Dr. Welch is currently the Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Directors Office and Asian Art department. He has been with the MIA since 1990 and specializes in Japanese and Korean art, with a particular interest in Edo period and Zen painting.

Dr. Welch embodies what the Mondale Award, Mondale Scholarship, and JASM are all about: fostering the Japan-America relationship. He began by receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University in San Antonio and then earned his Masters and PhD from the University of Kansas. Dr. Welch is a part of the Associate of Art Curators and the Arts Dialog Committee, CULCON, which is the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange. He was also a Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Research Fellow in 1987, making him familiar with international education. He also has many publications, including “Looking to the West: The Meiji Era and Yoshida Kasaburo”, in A Japanese Legacy: Four Generations of Yoshida Family Artists (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2002) and Untamed Beauty: Tigers in Japanese Art (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2005).

We are very excited to have Dr. Welch as our keynote speaker for the 2014 Mondale Gala and we hope you will join us for what is sure to be another memorable event.

Details

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Time: 5:30pm-9:00pm
Place: Oak Ridge Country Club
             700 Oak Ridge Road
             Hopkins, MN 55305
             T: 952.935.7721
 
Registration and Payment 
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You can also RSVP online.
Payment and registration are required before the event.
If you are mailing a check to us for your ticket(s), the address is:
Riverplace EH-131
43 Main Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
 
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17th Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala Tickets

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Thank you so much for signing up for our Kimono Dressing at the Walter Mondale Gala on November 1st!
Unfortunately we are no longer take preregistration for this event. Looking forward to seeing you at the Gala!
-JASM