M.F.A in Global Art Practice, Tokyo University of the Arts

Resume posted by alisaholm in Museum and Gallery.

Desired position type: Any
Location: Morristown Vermont, United States



Artist and photographer who specializes multimedia art creation, collaboration with international artists, and development of local community art workshops and projects. Interested mainly in methods of contemporary art practice that aim to create a wider, collaborative dialogue on both international and local scales. Alisa holds a M.F.A. in Global Art Practice from Tokyo University of the Arts, where she worked under the guidance of advisers Taho Ritsuko and O JUN. Her thesis project, a multimedia work in painted portraits, photographs and text on handmade Japanese paper, “Voices from Okinawa: Between Light and Darkness,” explored interviews with local people in the Nago region of Okinawa, Japan. She is proficient in spoken and written Japanese.


2018 | Tokyo University of the Arts M.F.A. in Global Art Practice
Thesis: “Between Light and Darkness: Voices from Okinawa.”
Advisers: Taho Ritsuko, Department of Intermedia Art, O JUN, Department of Oil Painting

2015 | University of Vermont B.A. in Japanese, Studio Art, Honors
Thesis: “The Forest in the Depths of her Eyes: Sayoko’s Silence and Art-Making as a Reparative Force in Medoruma Shun’s Me no oku no mori.”
Advisers: Kyle Ikeda, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, Sarah E. Turner, Department of English



2016 – 2018 | Art Space Bar Conflictable Cube
Event Staff in Toride, Ibaraki, Japan
Assisted art gallery events such as artist talks, installations, and live music. Prepared alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages for patrons. Interacted with customers and made recommendations.

2017 | The Tokyo Foundation
Data Input in Tokyo, Japan
Identified information such as names and years from annual paper reports and input data into Excel to develop a database of the beneficiaries in the NF-JLEP program throughout the years. NF-JLEP is one of the global leadership development programs the Tokyo Foundation for the promotion of Japanese language education overseas.

2015 – 2016 | Village Kids
Afterschool Teacher in Essex Junction, VT
Coordinated programming for 5th and 6th grade students. Taught an after school Japanese language club and art club.

2013 | Grand Isle State Park
Park Interpreter and Event Planner in Grand Isle, Vermont
Created, marketed, and instructed environmental education programs. Developed programming suitable for all ages.

2012 – 2015 | The Integrated Arts Academy
ESL Teaching Assistant in Burlington, VT
Assisted an elementary school teacher in teaching English language-learners in math and reading through the STEP program (Studying Towards English Proficiency).


2018 | 66th TUA Graduation Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
2017 | Okinawa: Portraits and Voices (Solo Show), Sketch Gallery, Nago, Okinawa
2016 | Art Path, Tokyo University of the Arts, Toride, Japan
2016 | Setouchi Triennale, Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu, Japan
2015 | Photography in the Age of Social Media, Colburn Gallery, Burlington, VT
2014 | Hakusan Bijutsukenkyubu-ten, Toyo University, Tokyo, Japan
2012 | Art Hop Live Painting, Downtown Burlington, VT
2011 | All-School Show, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
2010 | AR[T]HS School Show, Amherst, MA


2018 | Yanbaru Yoga and Mask-making, Nago, Okinawa
2017 | Eco-Art Community Workshop, Nago, Okinawa
2016 | Hybrid Flowers: Collaborative Drawing, Setouchi Triennale, Takamatsu, Japan

Grants and Honors

 2017 | Super Global Daigaku Sousei Shien, Tokyo University of the Arts
2016 | Monbukagakusho Honors Grant, Tokyo University of the Arts
2015 | Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Vermont
2015 | Japanese National Honor Society
2015 | Peter Seybolt Award, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures
2015 | APLE Grant for Undergraduate Research in Okinawa, Japan


  • Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Data Entry (Excel, Microsoft Suite)
  • Curation
  • Museum Writing
  • Exhibition Production
  • Event Planning
  • Art Management
  • Gallery Preparation and Art Installation
  • English-Japanese Translation


    Art Handling, Japanese-English Translation, Travel Management

Groups & Associations

    Japanese National Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa

Spoken Languages

    English, German (Limited Working Proficiency), Japanese (Working Proficiency)