63rd Street Mural

July 6th, 2014

Recently I was chosen as the winner of The 63rd Street Mural contest. My design will be painted in July 2014 at the underpass of 63rd and Aurora. Below is a site dedicated to the mural and it’s process.



More press about the mural:



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rendering for the 13′ x 200′ mural



Volunteers painting in mural




Seattle Times article:


Seattle resident Jim Sykes paints an elephant as fellow volunteer Emma Mitchell, 14, goes for more supplies while they work Sunday on artist Michiko Tanaka’s mural design, “Animal Silhouettes,” which covers about a 200-foot span of an underpass on North 63rd Street at Aurora Avenue North. Previously, a mural painted in the 1990s decorated both sides of the underpass, but it was covered with so much graffiti that in 2012 it was removed. Soon after, Kerry Fowler, an area resident who wanted to bring a mural back, began organizing a community effort to paint a new one. Fowler said several community businesses have helped donate toward the $5,000 needed to match money from Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund, while dozens of residents came to help paint over the weekend. “The community really stepped up,” he said. The committee in charge of the mural has agreed to maintain it for five years, and a graffiti-resistant coating will be applied.


Art Interruptions

July 17th, 2013

From August 1st-September 15th I will be one of twelve artists participating in “Art Interruptions”.  Each artist will be doing a temporary installation funded by Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.  My installation will be at various locations on the Seattle waterfront.  I will wheat paste posters, postcards and hang banners.

More info here: http://artbeat.seattle.gov/2013/05/30/artists-selected-for-art-interruptions-2013-temporary-projects/

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One of four banners based on my grandmother’s sayings

Marion Street Ferry terminal Entrance.




Art Beat Blog (Office of Arts and Culture)


Twelve emerging artists have been selected to create temporary art installations along the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway and the Central Waterfront for the project Art Interruptions 2013, in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). The artworks will inhabit city sidewalks and parks and offer passers-by a brief interruption in their day, eliciting a moment of surprise, beauty, contemplation or humor. Each artist will develop a series of artworks on display for approximately six weeks beginning in August.




Twispworks Installation, residency and interview

December 17th, 2012

I spent three months as an artist in residence at Twispworks (Twisp, WA). In exchange for my stay I was commissioned to do a a project for the campus. I chose to do an installation in a facade on the campus. I chose to do a series of faux stained glass windows with fables of the Okanagans (a local tribe) featured in each one.



Methow Arts

Now in its second year, the TwispWorks artist residency is a partnership with Methow Arts Alliance and Confluence Gallery that invites artists working in a variety of media to visit Twisp for three months and interact with the local arts community. Visiting artists live and work on the TwispWorks campus, and either leave behind a piece of artwork for the TwispWorks campus, or create an educational art project. Local artists also use studio space at TwispWorks through the residency program.



Interview from KTRT 97.5 The Root


Confluence Gallery

December 17th, 2012

During my residency at Twispworks I would go out and sketch the local scenery. I turned some of the sketches into paintings and eight of them ended up being shown at The Confluence Gallery.


Confluence Gallery & Arts Center continues to develop as the center of cultural activities in the Methow hosting lectures, world music, as well as education and professional development opportunities for artists. As one of the few non-profit art galleries in the country, CGAC is intertwined in the community as a gathering place and host to a wide variety of groups and art classes for children to adults.

Twisp, It's RealLocated in North Central Washington State, CGAC has flourished as hub of the arts community for over 25 years. CGAC is located in downtown Twisp, the heart of the Methow Valley. We hold six group and individual exhibits a year, each showcasing the work of local, regional and national artists. CGAC also boasts an amazing array of jewelry, ceramics, textiles and other hand crafted items in the Gift Shop.

Tacoma Film Festival

September 5th, 2012

My film: “Chief Seattle’s Reply” will be part of the 2012 Tacoma Film Festival
The Tacoma Film Festival celebrates current independent film from around the globe. We especially encourage filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest area to submit to our festival. And we encourage all accepted filmmakers to attend the screenings and events, if possible! This is our time to celebrate you, the filmmaker, and the invaluable artistic talents that you provide to the film community. Each year we strive to enrich our community by bridging the gap between ourselves and outstanding works of independent film.

For more information about the film festival, go to:


Latrine Cap

June 20th, 2012

Recently I was commissioned by Agency to artistically represent Washington State Universities’ International Research and Development project, Latrine Cap.  Piece will be part of The Washington Global Health Alliance expo at Mc Caw Hall and Intiman theater as part of Seattle Center’s 50th anniversary.

For my presentation I made a 20″ x 30″ collage and 4 mini collages to explain “Latrine Cap”

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May 1st, 2012

Four pieces will be shown at:

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Tollbooth project 2

May 1st, 2012

I am showing again at The Tollbooth Gallery from April 15th to the end of August.  This time the theme is Northwest weather with a “rain barometer”, quotes about northwest weather, and a video loop about the water cycle.

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excerpt from The Spaceworks Website:

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    Taking Tacoma’s temperature: Michiko Tanaka at the Tollbooth Gallery, opening April 13.
    Michiko Tanaka returns to the Tollbooth Gallery on April 13 with an interactive video installation about the weather, The Many Words for Rain. According to Tanaka, the installation at “The World’s Smallest Art Gallery” has three parts: part one features a “rain barometer” (shown above), with a movable arrow “that people can adjust to what they think the current precipitation is like.” This component of the installation will be wheatpasted on the back of the tollbooth.

    Part two consists of images of clouds printed with zany words about the local climate, and will also be wheatpasted onto the video gallery. “This part will also be interactive as people will be invited to add their own comments about northwest weather.” Part three is a video loop about the water cycle.

    Take a stroll down to the Tollbooth Gallery for this show…it’s the one chance you’ll have to control the weather. The Many Words for Rain by Michiko Tanaka, at the Tollbooth Gallery, 11th & Broadway, April 13-August 31, 2012.

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(sub)Urban Projections

October 15th, 2011

One of my computer generated pieces will be shown at:


More info of this event at:



Illumination from the Hult Center usually occurs inside — not on top of its neighboring parking garage. Aside from a few stray cars, you wouldn’t expect to see much activity after 5 p.m. around this concrete mass. But the off-the-grid location, open area and environment this parking garage provides is precisely why (sub)Urban Projections chose it for its first Wednesday night gathering that is showcasing local and student digital art pieces.

(sub)Urban officially presented itself to the community on Wednesday, but its beginnings stretch back to 15 months ago when it was nothing more than a class project. Roya Amirsoleymani, second-year graduate student in the University’s arts and administration program, is among the four creative directors of (sub)Urban Projections. Amirsoleymani and her co-creators were inspired for their project by other art showings across the world.

“We wanted to blend contemporary and emerging art with new, digital media in a public space,” she said.

But once Isaac Marquez, Eugene’s public art manager, got whiff of Amirsoleymani and her colleagues’ idea, they began to talk about this class practicum becoming reality. With support and funding through the City of Eugene, (sub)Urban Projections was given creative freedom to choose how to go about producing their showcase.

Wednesday night, while projections danced upon the concrete atop the parking garage and lit up the roof level, spectators watched a series of digital art clips featuring work by artist and adjunct professor for the University’s digital arts program, Jon Bellona.

Bellona’s specific focus is intermediate music technology. His interactive featured project, “Human Chimes,” was composed by an Xbox Kinect and used the motion from the audience to bounce a small ball back and forth with other balls.

“(With technologies like the Kinect) we are free to use the human body as the instrument,” Amirsoleymani said.

The movements were projected on a large concrete backdrop. Spectators moved through the area and watched as the ball mimicked their movements with a sound when it hit other balls. Bellona said the digital technology and arts make “an extension of our human capabilities.”

(sub)Urban Projections also allowed digital artists from around the world to submit their video digital art creations to the program. (sub)Urban rounded up three judges to examine the work, and the City of Eugene helped sponsor cash prizes for the top three placers. The top winner received $1,000. For Wednesday’s event, the (sub)Urban team compiled all of the submissions to present to the community.

While spectators huddled atop the garage and were served hot chocolate, tea and cider, they also witnessed and participated in an another evolving form of art. On an iPad, the audience could draw graffiti that was then projected onto the side of a building for cars and everyone below to see.

All the presentations for the next two Wednesdays will feature different artists, and the showings will be located throughout Eugene.

“We wanted to look for neglected places in Eugene, such as back alleys and rooftops,” Amirsoleymani said. “We also wanted to find core spots of Eugene that had the right aesthetics and for crowds.”

Despite the cold weather blowing into town, (sub)Urban Projections works to mesh students with members of the Eugene community to celebrate people’s accomplishments and broaden understanding in the new age of digital art in a new kind of gallery.

(sub) Urban Projections is a digital media festival that will be celebrated in the back alleys of Eugene OR. November 9th, 16th and 23rd 2011.

Washington Center For the Performing Arts

August 2nd, 2011


I was chosen as one of 26 artists to participate in:

“26 Feet of Art”

at The Washington Center for Performing Arts

Olympia, WA

On display beginning September 1st.

Each artist was asked to create a one foot square piece that will be sold in a benefit for the theater


The piece was created with mixed decorative papers.

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