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About the Program

Following a highly successful second year, Ronin Gallery and Globus Washitsu are excited to announce the Ronin | Globus Artist-in-Residence Program scheduled for May 2018. Open to Japanese artists, this annual program seeks to stimulate cross-cultural dialogue by providing the opportunity for Japanese visual artists to live, work and exhibit in New York City. The selected Artist-in-Residence will be the featured artist in Ronin Gallery’s summer exhibition, Contemporary Talents of Japan. In addition, they will receive a two to three week stay at Globus Washitsu in central Manhattan, a $1000 cash stipend, and a round-trip ticket between Tokyo and NYC. There will be recognition of first and second runners up. A portion of the exhibition proceeds will be donated to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

Submissions will be accepted through February 15, 2018, and should include an updated resume, artist statement (no more than half of a page), and five works of art (in JPEG format). A blinded, prestigious panel will determine the winner and finalists for this residency. Judges are selected to reflect a diversity of viewpoints and opinions. The 2018 panel consists of museum curators, individual collectors, philanthropists, and experts on Japanese art. All possess extensive experience or education in the field paired with a sensitivity to the pulse of the contemporary Japanese art scene. They will select a winner based on three criteria: artistic excellence, clarity of concept, and originality in interpretation of theme. 

Kacho Fugetsu

In Japanese, the term “kacho fugetsu” consists of the kanji for “flower,” “bird,” “wind” and “moon,” and it refers to “the beauties of nature.” The most exquisite expressions of Japanese culture have been rooted in a profound love and respect for the natural world. The tradition of katchofugetsu, which is most simply the depiction of flora and fauna during the four seasons, has a long visual and literary history that extends into the contemporary moment. The theme of this years program invites artists to re-interpret this concept in a contemporary view.

Applicants can choose to interpret this theme anyway they see fit. Selections will be based of the following criteria:
  1. Artistic excellence
  2. Originality in interpretation of theme
  3. Clarity of concept

Meet Our Sponsors

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The Ronin Gallery is a leading family-owned Japanese and East Asian art gallery in New York City and home to the largest private collection of 17th – 21st Century Japanese prints for sale in the United States. Founded in 1975 in the Explorers Club Mansion of New York City, the gallery is now located on Madison Avenue and 49th Street.

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The Globus Brothers (Ron, Ric and Steve) have long been associated with cultural interchange between Japan and United States. They have sponsored events at eminent institutions including Japan Society and Asia Society. Their scope spans dance, theater, cinema, art, craft, and performance groups. Globus Washitsu is a venue to spark the expression, knowledge, and wonderment that arise from dialogue between Japan and the United States.

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Spoon & Tamago is a Japanese arts and culture blog that spans the categories of fine art and architecture to product and graphic design. It was founded in 2007 as a means of attracting international attention to the Japanese art and design scene, and is currently based out of New York City and Tokyo.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment. In the Garden, in its community, and well beyond, BBG inspires people of all ages through the conservation, display, and enjoyment of plants; with educational programs that emphasize learning by doing; and with research focused on understanding and conserving regional plants and plant communities.

Application & Criteria

Submissions will be accepted through February 15, 2018, 11:59 pm EST. Please include an updated resume, artist statement (no more than half of a page), and five works of art (in JPEG format with corresponding list of suggested pricing). All submitted artwork must be available to be sent to New York. Artist statement should present a conceptual basis for work and practice, as well as how your work fits into the annual theme. Deliberations will be made during the month of April and finalists (winner, 1st runner up, 2nd runner up) will be announced in early March. The Ronin/Globus Artist-in-Residence program has the right to photograph and publish finalists work for its website, catalogue, e-book, magazine, or advertising and promotional material.

The Ronin/Globus Artist-in-Residence program is designed to nurture emerging artists who would benefit from the facilities, financial support, and international exposure of this initiative. While the artist is not required to complete new work during their residency, they are expected to fully engage with New York City in a manner that will aid their artistic development. In addition, the artist is required to attend program receptions at both Ronin Gallery and Globus Washitsu. English language ability is preferred, but it is not required.


Why only Japanese artists working in Japan?
While many international residency programs bring artists to the United States, there are few opportunities specifically for Japanese artists. For the past 40 years, Ronin Gallery has focused on bringing the best of Japanese prints to New York City. In keeping with this tradition, Ronin Gallery seeks to nurture and promote the most exciting talents in contemporary Japanese art. The Globus family has a singular focus on supporting Japanese culture. This program reinforces this focus by promoting Japanese art in the United States.

Do you provide travel visas?
No, though the Ronin/Globus Artist-in-Residence program will provide an official letter of invitation to be used for appropriate travel documents.

Who is responsible for the transport of the art?
The artist is responsible for shipping the art to the Ronin Gallery and all Japanese import and export duties. The program will fully cover the return of art to Japan and all U.S. import and export duties.

Are artist’s materials included?
We do not provide materials, but the $1000 stipend can be used for this purpose.

Jury Team

Yukie Kamiya
Director of Japan Society Gallery

Tan Boon Hui
Director of the Asia Society Museum

Katsura Yamaguchi
Senior vice president and international director of Japanese and Korean Art at Christie's New York

Miwako Tezuka
Consulting curator for Reversible Destiny Foundation, Co-director of PoNJA-GenKon

Johnny Strategy
Founder and editor of Spoon & Tamago Japanese arts and culture blog

Yasuko Harris
Former gallery director at Honjo Gallery in Tokyo, Japan

Nachi Das
Art collector and capital market executive

Mary Ann Roos
Art collector and philanthropist

Program Ambassadors

Kouji Hayashi
Sato Sakura Museum, Manager

Hiroko Ishinabe
One Piece Club, Founder

Everett Brown
Japanese culture promoter, writer and photographer

Oz Yamaguchi Keisuke
2016 Ronin | Globus Artist in Residence

Kyoko Sato
Independent Curator, Art Consultant

Joji Mita
Global Art Management Advisor