Mika Obayashi      b. 1995


2025 MFA candidate in Fiber and Material Studies,Tyler School of Art and Architecture

2020 Research Student in Textiles, Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto Japan

2019 BA in Art and the History of Art, Amherst College, summa cum laude


2022 Gospel of Three Dimensions, Jewett Art Gallery, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

The Discernible Interior of Things, LaunchPad Gallery at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA

2020 Three Mountains, Studio Kura, Itoshima Japan

As the Crow Flies, GalleryGallery, Kyoto Japan


2023 Viewfinder, Lewis Gallery at Portland Public Library, Portland, ME

Sense of Place, Strohl Gallery, Chautauqua Institution,  Chautauqua, NY

2022 Gravity Hill, Pushkin Gallery, Greenfield, MA

2020 7th National Collegiate Paper Triennial, Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking in Atlanta GA, Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland OH, and the University of Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2019 Sky Bowl, 6th Annual Juried Show, A3 Gallery, Amherst MA

Senior Honors Exhibition, Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst College, MA

Papermaking with Local Plants, Blanchard Gallery, Mount Holyoke College, MA

2018 Creating Kozo, Blanchard Gallery, Mount Holyoke College, MA

Who Am I To Feel So Free?, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA


2022 Wellesley College, Wellesley MA

Amherst College, Amherst, MA

2021 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (virtual)


2022 Women's Studio Workshop - Studio Workspace Residency, Rosendale, NY

2020 Studio Kura, Itoshima, Japan


2023 Fiber Art Now, Excellence in Fibers IX, first prize

American Craft Council Emerging Artists Cohort

Cultural Sector Recovery Grant, Mass Cultural Council

2020 Amelia Peabody Award for Sculpture, St. Botolph Club Foundation, Boston, MA

2019 Amherst-Doshisha Fellowship, Amherst College and Doshisha University, Kyoto Japan

Athanasios Demetrios Skouras Prize, Amherst College, Amherst MA

Gregory S. Call Research Grant, Amherst College, Amherst MA

Alpha Delta Phi Research Grant, Amherst College, Amherst MA

Nagle Fellowship for Asian Art and Culture, Amherst College, Amherst MA

2018 Gregory S. Call Summer Research Grant, Amherst College, Amherst MA

Lane Research Fellowship at the Amherst Archives and Special Collections, Amherst MA 


2022 Studio assistant to Lucia Monge, Amherst, MA

2021 - 23 Studio assistant to Sonya Clark, Amherst, MA

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