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ayaka takao / they - them / b. kitakyushu-shi, fukuoka, japan, 1996 maryland institute college of art, bfa fiber 2018

curatorial projects:
★ multi. projects
a community centered curatorial project experimenting in events, publications, fairs, and various art interventions in collaboration with kera rasavanh + caleb sugai
2023 to current - Honolulu, HI

solo shows:
☆ so glad you came
New Works by Ayaka Takao
The Manifest, Nov 2022 to Jan 2023 - Honolulu, HI

collaborative contributions:
★ kokomo and it’s many caves
a solo exhibition by max cleary
features works by and in collaboration with Gan Uyeda, Ayaka Takao, TROPIC Editions, Micah McDermott, Chad and Chikako Okada, Becca Lofchie, and Emi Arimura
Winston’s, 2023 - Los Angeles, CA

☆ Cafe - Tropic Editions, Hawai'i Triennial 2022
Tropic Editions featuring work by Nico Enos, Ayaka Takao, Chris Ching, Jasmine Reiko, Lise Michelle, Reise Kochi, and FRNTBZNZZ
Hawai'i State Art Museum, 2022 - Honolulu, HI

group shows:
★ Just For Now
Yumiko Glover, Jun Funahashi, Chiho Ushio, May Izumi, Maile Yawata, Keiko Hatano, and Ayaka Takao
fishcake, Spring 2023 - Honolulu, HI

☆ Maneki Neko
Kirsten Simonsen, Daven Hee, Johanette Rowley, Esther Shimazu, Mariko Merritt, Maile Yawata, Holly Breaffett, Megumi Harada, Suzanne Wolfe, Ayaka Takao, and Nygell Halvorson
fishcake, Winter 2022 - Honolulu, HI

★ Dipsh!t Mag - Magazine Release Show
Dipsh!t Mag featuring work by Jasmine Reiko, Kyle Capacia, Caleb Sugai, Vincent Bercasi, Josh Sugai, and Ayaka Takao
Aupuni Space, 2021 - Honolulu, HI

☆ Until Then
online show and print publication
Kassandra Alarcon, Anna Archibald, Em DeVincentis, Deborah Jeong, Saudia Jones, Xavier McFarlin, mujero, Lauren Phillips, Xander Rapparport, Kate Sherman, Joey Solomon, Stella Stringer, Ayaka Takao, Montana Thomas, and Yin Ming Wong
osseous matter, 2020 - Brooklyn, NY

★ 2020 ICA Flat File Program
Amanda Agricola, Erin Barach, Marybeth Chew, Julia Clouser, Seth Crawford, Sue Crawford, Sara Dittrich, Elaine Fisher, Skye Gilkerson, Jay Gould, Maggie Gourlay, Heather Harvey, Elli Maria Hernandez, Elliot Earl Keeley, Kyle Kogut, Mehveş Lelic, Ilenia Madelaire, Ariana Mygatt, Janet Olney, Nat Raum, Lauren Rice, Eric Rivera Barbeito, Margaret Rogers, Margaret Rorison, Emily Schubert, Ayaka Takao, Dominic Terlizzi, Jessie Unterhalter, Katey Truhn, and Julie Wills
ICA Baltimore, 2019 - Baltimore, MD

☆ Dream Journal
Cat Gunn, Kate Sable, and Ayaka Takao
Rosenberg Gallery, 2019 - Baltimore, MD

★ Flightless Cranes
Aimi Chinen Bouillen, Ahraun Chambliss, Mary Champagne, Kei Ito, Sanzi Kermes, and Ayaka Takao
Baltimore City Hall Gallery, 2019 - Baltimore, MD

publications, articles, and contributions:
★ Salima Magazine, Issue 1, selected poems: "Emailing Myself" and "West Virginia", 2021
☆ BmoreArt, Collecting Art From the Home Via Innovative Online Art Galleries, April 2020, 
★ Hawai'i Review, Issue 87, Book 2: Counjunction, 2019

grants, etc:
☆ Women's Studio Workshop, Studio Residency Grant, 2020
★ Fanny D. Thalheimer Scholarship, MICA, 2014 - 2018
☆ Creative Vision Award, MICA, 2014 - 2018

teaching, employment, etc:
☆ lead programming director + curator
multi projects / multi diy art fair
2023 to current / Honolulu, HI

★ teaching artist / co-director + graphic designer
fishschool hawaii
2021 to current / Honolulu, HI

★ communications intern, Press Press
fall 2017 - spring 2018 / 
Baltimore, MD