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Yue Nakayama is an artist and filmmaker whose work addresses interpersonal communications within multicultural environments and across belief systems. She uses both documentary and fictional narrative strategies in her video work. Disruptions and disjunctive associations made from navigating mismatched narratives lead to a queer environment of contemplation and meditation. Communication and exchange that reflect the human condition are humorously portrayed with existential overtones. The projects are often presented as video installations of many forms that activate the space and further investigate the relation between the work and the viewer. Screenings and exhibitions of her work have been held in various venues across the United States and beyond including Museum of Fine Arts Houston, ICA Philadelphia, and Visual Art Center - University of Texas Austin. Nakayama is the recipient of the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund - Dallas Museum of Art, and Houston Arts Alliance - Individuals Artists Grant. Residencies she has been awarded include the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and The Lighthouse Works Fellowship.



2020    Nonplus, Diverse Works, Houston, TX*
2020    Make America What America Must Become, CACNO, New Orleans, LA 
2020    Strange Days: Hit Pause, curated by Jackie Klempay, White Columns Online
2020    Art In Isolation, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
2019    The Cruelty of the World Doesn’t Exist Outside of Us, Bryant Gallery, Denison University, Granville, OH*
2019    The Extraordinary, Hunter East Harlem Gallery, New York, NY
2019    Devil’s Pie, Private Eye Gallery, Houston, TX
2019    20/92 Video Festival, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA
2018    I Throw My Body on This Hot Pile, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA
2018    Whop, Whop, OXBOX, Saugatuck, MI
2018    Core Exhibition, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
2018     Glassell Benefit, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
2018    2017-2016-2015, Matchbox Gallery, Houston, TX *
2018    Moonmist pop-up exhibition, Houston, TX
2018    I Think We Meet Here, Visual Art Center UT Austin, Austin, TX
2018    ImageOHIO 18, Shot Tower Gallery, Columbus, OH
2017    Muscle Memory, Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2017    VOX XIII: ARE ‘FRIENDS' ELECTRIC?, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
2017    Glassell Benefit, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
2017    The Dangerous Professors, Triumph, Chicago, IL
2017    Core Exhibition, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
2016    Nakayama + Oh, High Tide, Philadelphia, PA*
2016    For Sale By Owner, Hilltop Antiques, Skowhegan, ME
2016    LIVE/WORK, Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA
2016    Summer Show, Marginal Utility, Philadelphia, PA
2016    Happiness Greens Our Irrelevance, MAMA Gallery, Los Angels, CA
2016    Prism: The Multiplicity of Identities, Fox Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2016    Open Video Exhibition, ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
2016    Please Come In, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
2015    Video Snack 5, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
2015    LIVE @ ARTIST-RUN, Satellite Projects, Miami, FL
2015    From Paper to Infinity, Educational Commons, Philadelphia, PA
2015    Labels, Philomathean Society Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2015    LIKE, Addams Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2015    Open Video Exhibition, ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
2014    The New Academy, WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY
2012    Das Unheimliche, Mulberry Gallery, Granville, OH*
2012    Denison Studio Art Thesis, Newark, OH
2011    Annual Art Show, Tyler School of Art, Roma, Italy
2010    Vail Scholarship Exhibition, Bryant Art Center Gallery, Granville, OH*
2010    The Five College of Ohio Student Biennial Art Exhibition, Delaware, OH
2009    Vail Scholarship Exhibition, Bryant Art Center Gallery, Granville, OH*
2009    The Art Show, Bandersnatch, Granville, OH

*solo/two-person exhibitions


2021    EMtv, Alabama Song Houston/ESS Chicago, online
2020    SCORE!, MECA Houston, Houston TX
2019    Houston Local Experimental Music Fest [HExFest] III, Houston, TX
2019    At Sacred Seed Pop-Up, Mayflower Mobile Art Gallery, Omaha, NE
2019    Waking Up From Cryosleep, Rye Wax, London, UK
2019    You’re Every Song I Ever Sing, Flatland Gallery, Houston, TX
2019    ART MOVIES! #1 Too WEIRD for the Festivals! Too Movie…ISH for the Open Calls!
    - Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2018    Peach Plum Sugar Plum, They Who Sound, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
2018    Invisible Film Program, 4th Istanbul Design Biennale, Salt Galata Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
2018    Steinberg/Nakayama/Yates, Internal Eternal, Houston, TX
2018    How We Live, Lease Agreement Gallery, Huntsville, TX
2018    Core Screening, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
2018    12 Minutes MAX, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX
2017    Festival du Film Invisible, Geneva University of Art and Design, Geneva, Switzerland
2017    Interposition, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA
2017    Core Screening, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX

2016    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
2016    MFA Fine Arts, Time-based media certificate, University of Pennsylvania, PA
2012    BFA Studio Art, Cinema concentration, Denison University, Granville, OH
2011    Temple University Rome, Rome, Italy

Grant & Award
2019    Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund, Dallas Museum of Art
2019    Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
2018    Houston Arts Alliance Artist Grant
2017-2018    Eliza Prize
2016-2018    Core Fellowship
2016    Skowhegan Scholarship Award
2015    The Lawrence Shprintz Master of Fine Arts Award
2014-2016    Penn Design Merit Scholarship Award
2010-2012    Vail Scholarship for Excellence in Fine Arts
2008-2012    Tyree/Parajon Scholarship
2011    Keith Boone-Anderson Ranch Award

2020    Carrizozo Artist-in-Residence, Carrizozo, NM
2019    The Lighthouse Works Fellowship, Fishers Island, NY
2018    Ox-Bow Fall Residency, Saugatuck, MI
2018    Fellowship Award, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2016-2018    Core Program - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
2011    Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO


2020    Visiting Artist, Univeristy of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
2019    Visiting Artist, Denison University, Granville, OH
2018    Visiting Artist, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
2018    Visiting Critic, Rice University, Houston, TX
2016    Visiting Artist, Southwestern University, Austin, TX
2016    Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
2016    Lighting Lecture 2, ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
2015    Instructor, Pre-College Program, University of Pennsylvania, PA
2015    Lighting Lecture 1, ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


2020    Scott, Andrea K. “Strange Days: Hit Pause.” The New Yorker, 22 May 2020. online
2020    Heinrich, Will. “What to See Right Now in New York Art Galleries: The Extraordinary.” The New York Times, 29 Jan 2020. online 
2019    Nakayama, Yue, et al. “Steinberg/Yates/Nakayama.” Knell Literary and Arts Journal, 20 Apr. 2019.
2018    Huete, Betsy. "The 2018 Core Exhibition at Lawndale Art Center." Glasstire. May 7, 2018. online
2018    Glentzer, Molly. "The Obligatory Video: Core Show Heavy on Moving Images." Houston Chronicle. May 04, 2018. online
2018    The Core Program 2017/18. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 2018. Print.
2018    Casparie, Sabine. “I think we meet here: Shana Hoehn, Yue Nakayama, and Felipe Steinberg at UT Austin Visual Arts Center.” Arts and Culture Texas. Feb 12, 2018. online
2017    Peripheral Vision Issue 7, Salon 2017. online
2017    The Core Program 2016/17. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 2017. Print.
2016    Nakayama, Yue, and Shaina Gates. "An Opacity of Means." Symbiosis - The Crossroads of Art and Writing, May   2016, 48-50. Print
2015    Kim, Sarah. "Interview with Yue Nakayama." Title Magazine. December 15, 2015. online
2012    Nakayama, Yue. Das Unheimliche. 2012. Print