Patrick Nagatani: Confessions of a Tapist

May 26–July 21, 2007

Patrick Nagatani was a professor in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of New Mexico. in June of 2007, after 20 years at UNM, he retired as Professor Emeritus and became a full time artist, continuing to live and work in Albuquerque.

Nagatani received his M.F.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1979. He has given numerous public lectures, seminars and workshops, and his work has been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. In 1991, he earned the Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Fine Arts. Prior to this, from 1998 to 2000, he was honored with a Regent's Professorship. In 2004, he was recognized for his scholarly achievements and exemplary contributions to the College of Fine Arts by the University of New Mexico Libraries. He is a past recipient of two major National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowships, and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson honored him with the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Some of his other awards include: The Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer's Fellowship; The Kraszna-Krausz Award for his book Nuclear Enchantment; the Leopold Godowsky Jr. Color Photography Award; and the California Distinguished Artist Award from the National Art Education Association. Patrick Nagatani has also served as a panelist for a number of pretigious organizations: Illinois Art Council, Arizona Commission on Arts, Southern Arts Federation, Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, California Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

A major survey of Patrick Nagatani's work from 1996 to 2006 is planned to open at and travel from the University Art Museum at UNM in 2009. A book will accompany the exhibition opening.

image above: Yakushi Nyorai - The Healer by Patrick Nagatani