Experience Japanese visual and performance art during ASU AIR events

Photos courtesy of ASU Music Department The ASU Music Department will host free, public events featuring Japanese artists Chiho Sugo

ALAMOSA— The Adams State University Visual Art and Theatre Department and the Music Department will host Japanese sculptor Koshi Hayashi and clarinetist Chiho Sugo in a multi-art collaborative residency titled “Crossovers” sponsored by the Rare Artist in Residency (AIR) program. Hayashi and Sugo will be in residence from Sept. 16 through Oct. 4, during which time they will work with university faculty and students, as well as the community, in a variety of settings. Both Hayashi and Sugo are professors in the College of Education at Gunma University in Maebashi, Japan.


The events are free and open to the public and include:
Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m. until 12 p.m: Suiboku-ga Workshop, Japanese-style ink painting with Koshi Hayashi, SLV STEAM Shop. Pre-registration requested. Please email Tracy Doyle at [email protected]
Monday, Sept. 30, 12 p.m.: Improvisations , featuring Chiho Sugo & Friends, Art Department Cloyde Snook Gallery
Tuesday, Oct.1, 5- 7 p.m.: Rare AIR: “Crossover,” Exhibit Opening & Performance, featuring sculpture by Koshi Hayashi and performances by Chiho Sugo and ASU faculty & students, Art Department Cloyde Snook Gallery
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 4 p.m.: Musical Showcase featuring Chiho Sugo performing the Weber Concertino, Richardson Hall Auditorium
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 5 p.m.: Art Faculty Lecture with Koshi Hayashi, sculptor, Art Building Room 227


Hayahsi teaches sculpture class and art education related courses at Gunma University. As an artist, he is active in holding solo exhibitions, including Shibukawa City Museum, Gunma in 2018 and others in 2016 and 2013. He uses wood materials, and his artwork consists of pieces of wood combined together or installed separately. The style is designed to exhibit in open air, based on the concept of “site specific” exhibits, occasionally employing the materials originated from the region where the artworks is installed. He has been collaborating with musicians at his exhibitions.


Sugo teaches applied clarinet and wind instruments, and music education courses including Japanese Traditional Instruments, Basic Conducting and Elementary Music Education at Gunma University. As an active clarinetist, she gives chamber recitals regularly in and around Tokyo. Her first CD, Brahms Album “Regenlied” (2014) includes violin sonatas played on E-flat clarinet. She earned her Master of Music at Morehead State University, and finished Doctoral course work at Louisiana State University. She studied with Steve Cohen, Michael Acord, Ikuo Inagaki, Sugako Sudo, and Takafumi Komatsu. She is a member of International Clarinet Association (ICA and Japan Clarinet Association (JCA). She has performed on the Adams State campus with Professors of Music Tracy Doyle and James Doyle at their CD release concert in February 2019.


The Visual Arts and Theatre Department and the Music Department created the Adams State Rare AIR program for visual and performing artists to seek ways to expand their talents and inspire their creativity. Rare AIR was initiated in the fall of 2018 and brings artists from all disciplines to campus for long- and short-term stays. This program presents visual and performing artists an opportunity to complete projects, spark new ideas, or collaborate with students and the community.

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