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Vice President of the University - Hiroto Oonogi

I believe that arts education was originally "the making of man"—the refining of young people into full-fledged adults.

This has not been the case in the late 20th century, when we have recklessly pursued ever-increasing economic growth. In this modern age of rampant chaos and an uncertain future, the most important members of our society are the new generations of young people who are active, expressive, forward thinking, and can adapt flexibly to societal changes.

Young students at this university are given the opportunity to reconsider their preconceived ideas. We use art as the most easily understood and unique method of guiding students into a life of collaboration and communication within society. We offer the "Monday Project," in which students discover the unlimited potential of teamwork, and "Real Projects," which consist of more than 40 real-world projects entrusted to the university by the community each year and in which students can utilize their talents. We also offer "Ultra Factory," in which students can join frontline artists in production and a "Career Design Program," which consists of internships and career-support classes.

Our approach has been successful. In past years, we have kept high level graduate employment rate of all arts universities and our graduates have stood out from the crowd and been more active in many circles than graduates from other arts universities.

In the future, we will not simply be content to stay where we are. We will continue to improve our meticulously thought-out instructions to meet the individual needs of each student by using the latest teaching methods. This is vital in order to enable all our students to possess their own vibrant individuality.

We frequently reiterate to our beloved students our lofty ideals of having an "artistic renaissance in Kyoto" and "a nation founded on the arts." This is because we believe that these ideals will boost their abilities as talented resources for society, help them find the right path in society, and boldly face new challenges. We are determined to give all we can to support our students.

Vice President, Kyoto University of Art and Design Hiroto Oonogi

photo:hiroshi abe

Vice President, Kyoto University of Art and Design

Hiroto Oonogi

Graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts, Department of Sculpture. Exhibited his sculpture works at solo, group and public exhibitions from 1967. Started three-dimensional modeling in display-related work from 1972. Responsible for doll production for Issey Miyake's "Body Works" in 1983. After that, produced many new mannequins together with fashion designers. Main works include; Issey Miyake "Heart Exhibition "and "AUN Exhibition", Tomio Mohri "Clothes of Mohri", Rei Kawakubo "Three Women Exhibition" etc. In addition, involved in art direction and venue setup in the project exhibitions of museums, such as "Mask Exhibition of Equatorial Africa" at the National Museum of Ethnology, "Exhibition of Music and Musical Instruments of Latin Africa", "KENZO Exhibition", and "Exhibition of Modern Java Calico" etc. Also as industry-university cooperation projects, worked on several projects like Nijo Castle light up, Matsue warrior procession etc. He has widened the scope of his activities in always trying to find "what people-friendly space is".

Vice President of the University - Tatsuo Miyajima

Towards a New Art University -Shaping People through Art

We, Kyoto University of Art and Design, expound the ideal a “Future Built on the Arts” as our principle.

This proves that we have a clear intention to “produce many talented graduates with great creativity and profound imagination through studying art” and who can make a change in this world for peace and enrichment. The “imagination” mentioned here means being able to imagine the feelings of others, and by taking that further, it becomes an ability to understand others, even their pain. On the other hand, creativity stands for the ability to generate new ideas or action, which can lead to inventing new ideas for solving complex problems or complicated issues and groundbreaking action. There is no “end.”

When you think about it, these two “abilities,” imagination and creativity, may be most essential to us human beings living in modern society, where the repetition of conflict never ceases and the confusion in politics and the economy only deepens. If we could truly understand the pain of others, there would be no war; and we were equipped with the ability to solve problems, we wouldn’t be afraid of any issue, no matter how complex. Imagination and creativity are the wisdom to live our lives more humanely, and the power to make ourselves happy. Indeed, I think imagination and creativity are equal to “human power.”

“Art” is endowed with these two powers, or shall we say that human beings are blessed with these two, imagination and creativity, by nature. We were all blessed with them – as a child, identifying with the pain of a suffering friend, or at the moment when you imagine your dreams in the big sky – everyone has them. But as time goes by, we slowly forget them. “Art” brings these back to us and makes us realize and be aware of them. Studying “art” is to recall what we originally have, and to deepen that.

The celebrated German composer Beethoven once said “Art is the power to unite.” On the other hand, the forces that divide people are “evil,” such as war and violent conflict, with Adolf Hitler being the most extreme case. In this way, an antonym for war may not be peace, but art. (division=war ←→ union=art). We tout a “Future Built on the Arts” as our principle, and we “seek peace” through art. Our university’s administrative staff and faculty members share this principle, and there is a spirit that is moved by art. Passion is contagious, and so if the administrative staff and faculty are deeply touched, this will be transmitted to the students as well. This is the tradition of Kyoto University of Art and Design.

Vice President, Kyoto University of Art and Design Tatsuo Miyajima

Vice President, Kyoto University of Art and Design

Tatsuo Miyajima


1957 Born in Tokyo, Japan
1984 Graduated from Oil Painting Course, Fine Arts Department, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (B.A.)
1986 Completed postgraduate studies at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (M.A.)
1990 Stayed in New York under a grant from Asian Cultural Council
1990-91 Stayed in Berlin under a grant from Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
1993 Stayed in Paris under a grant from Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain
1998 London Institute honorary doctorate
2006 Tohoku University of Art & Design Vice President
2012 Kyoto University of Art and Design Vice President
Lives in Ibaraki

Selected Solo Show

1997 "Big Time," Hayward Gallery, London
"Counter Line," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
2000 “MEGA DEATH: shout! Shout! Count!” Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
“Counter pieces” Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart, Stuttgart
2002 “Count of Life” Artsonje Museum, Gyeongju / “Count of Life” Artsonje Center, Seoul
2008 "Tatsuo Miyajima Art in You," ART TOWER MITO, Ibaraki
"Tatsuo Miyajima: Time Train: Zeit, Zahl und Kosmos," Kunsthalle Recklinghausen,
Recklinghausen, Germany
"38," Mongin Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2011 Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijin, China

Selected Group Show

1988 "43a La Biennale di Venezia: Aperto '88," Venice
1998 "Over the Everyday," Museum of Shanghai
1999 "48a La Biennale di Venezia: Whither the Arts?, " Venice
2001 ------------------------
2002 “The Unfinished Century: Legacies of 20th Century Art” The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
"Verweile doch…" Stadtische galerie im Lenbachhause und Kunstbau Munchen, Munchen, Germany
2003 "Happiness" Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2004 "And or Versus?: Adventures in Images," YOKOHAMA MUSEUM OF ART, Kanagawa, Japan
2007 "Beautiful New World: Contemporary Visual Culture from Japan," "798" Dashanzi Art District, Beijing, China, "Beautiful New World: Contemporary Visual Culture from Japan," Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
2009 “IN-FINITUM,” Palazzo Fortuny , Venice, Italy