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Frank Okada was born in Seattle in 1931. He taught painting at the University of Oregon, retiring in 1999. Okada received his B.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy in 1957. He lived and worked in Eugene, Oregon until his death in October, 2000.
Commissions, Honors and Awards
Okada was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967, a Fulbright Fellowship in 1959 and a Whitney Fellowship in 1957. He had several one-person exhibitions at regional institutions, including: The Whatcom County Museum of Art, Bellingham, WA (1997), Portland Art Museum, Oregon (1972) and Tacoma Art Museum, Washington (1970). In addition, Okadas work had been exhibited in group exhibitions including Asian Tradition, Modern Expression, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, NJ (1997); Light, Shadow and Gesture: By Northwest Artists, Seattle Art Museum (1997); Washington: 100 Years, 100 Paintings, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA (1995); ART/LA 90, Los Angeles, CA (1991) and Japan and the Northwest, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (1982). His work had been shown at the Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, Oregon and Foster/White Gallery, Seattle. Okada exhibited with the Greg Kucera Gallery beginning in 1988 and continuing up to his death in 2000.
Works by the artist are included in the collections of: Philbrook Museum, Museum of Northwestern Art, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA; Portland Art Museum; SAFECO Insurance Company, Seattle; Seattle Art Museum; Swedish Hospital, Seattle; Tacoma Art Museum, WA; University of Oregon Museum, Eugene; Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, WA.