|Enameling Art for Peace by Toshiko Tanaka|
Biography of Toshiko Tanaka
|1938||Born in Hiroshima. (real first name: Katsuko, maiden last name: Hara)|
|1945||Survived the atomic bomb. (Married Michitoshi Tanaka in 1964 and have two children.)|
|1968||Studied enameling under tareutic enamelist Keiichi Saito for six years, and under metal artist Hiroaki Wakayama for ten years.|
|1977||Invented the new art of large mural enamel works combined with stainless steel, and start introducing series of works.|
|1981||A mural work was presented to Pope John Paul II by the mayor of Hiroshima, Mr. Takeshi Araki. Lead a charity enamel exhibition in LA for the A-bomb survivors in U.S.A.|
|1985||Donated 400 copies of English translated books including "Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen)", a Japanese manga(comic) based on a story of a Hiroshima survivor to schools throughout U.S.|
|1990||Invited to exhibit a pair of three dimentional works at the Japanese Government's pavillion of the International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka (Expo'90).|
|1992||Taught enameling at a summer workshop of the Department of fine arts of Washing State University. Works featured and made the cover of the "Glass on Metal" Magazine.|
|1999||Visited China as a member of U.S. based delegation to monitor Chinese enameling industry. Appointed as a board member of The Enamelist Society (an International organization of enamelists) as the first Japanese enamellist. (2000〜2003)|
|2000||Lead a group of Japanese enamelists to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, Ten) to attend the International conference and exhibition of works.|
|2007||Made four round world voyages on Peace Boat and visited about 80 countries for international and art exchange. (2007〜)|
|2009||SStarted to share own story of atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
Started to participate in a series of projects by Hibakusha Stories, a NY based NGO, and actively involved in peace and art education efforts at high schools and colleges in U.S.
|2010||Held a personal exhibition at the Ginza gallery of Ando Cloisonne.|
|2011||Met with Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the UN at the UN headquarter.
Lecturer of “Peace and Human rights” class at Hiroshima City University. (2012〜)
|2012||Jury of "UN Art for Peace 2012" an international art contest for young people sponsored by UN.
Visited Chernobyl disaster site (Ukraine) and Belarus and met victims of the disaster.
|2014||Mayor of Hiroshima, Mr. Kazumi Matsui included Tanaka’s personal story in the Peace Declaration during the Peace Memorial Ceremony on Aug 6th .|
|2015||Invited by the city of Pisa, Italy, and awarded “12th Donne Per La Solidarieta” (an award for women who devoted for the International community).|
|2016||Established “Peace Exchange Space” (an International public space for peace and art exchange) in April reforming part of own house.
Awarded “18th International Exchange Award”(personal award) by Hiroshima Peace Creation Fund.
|2017||ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons), which Tanaka has been involved with her testimonies and signature collection projects, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize of 2017.|
|A freelance enamel artist. Previously an affiliate member of the Nitten (The Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) with works selected 16 times for the exhibition. Also previously an official member of the Contemporary Crafts Exhibition.|
|The Holy See (Vatican City State)|
|Musee Municipal de Limoges (Limoges, France)|
|Griffith Observatory (Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.)|
|W.W.Carpenter Enamel Foundation Museum (Bellevue, KT, U.S.A)|
|Hiroshima City Hall, Fuchu-cho Town Hall (Aki-gun, Hiroshima), and etc|
|Works presented to multiple VIPs including the former President of the United States, Mr. Jimmy Carter.|
|Received more than 20 awards including the Tokyo Governor's Prize form Japan International Enamel Exhibition, the Craft Award from the Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Grand Prize from Hiroshima Prefectural Competition of Art.|
|Others||Studied various fields of art at :
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, Ten, U.S.A.), Art Students League of New York (NY, U.S.A.), San Diego State University's seminar (San Diego, CA, U.S.A.), Tokyo University of the Arts' summer school (4 years)