Ken Matsumoto

Ken Matsumoto


Ken is a well-established and respected sculptor who holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from San Jose State University. His extensive track record includes solo and group exhibitions throughout California since the mid-1980’s.

His work has appeared at numerous galleries and shows, and has been showcased at a number of large corporate and government institutions, including Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Syntex, Saks Fifth Avenue, Price Waterhouse, the City of San Jose, the

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What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?

It was validation and much needed encouragement and cash.

What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?

My art is ever evolving. My studio, the Art Object Gallery, has become an art object in itself. Not only is it my work space, it’s also a gallery for guest curators to produce fine arts exhibitions and a venue for readings, poetry slams, and music performances. To see my work, go to

What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?

Expect nothing, be generous, feel fortunate.

Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?

Less is more or less.

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Award Year(s): 2000
Laureate Award Category: Visual Arts: Sculpture


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