‘Tradition Of Excellence’ Opens at Peninsula School of Art

Peninsula School of Art will open its latest exhibition, Tradition of Excellence: Japanese Techniques in Contemporary Metal Arts, on June 3 with a free opening reception, 4:30-6 pm, and a talk with the curator at 5 pm. 

Curated by Hiroko Yamada, director of Madison’s HYART Gallery, Tradition of Excellence explores a wide range of Japanese metalworking techniques and materials by bringing together 50 works by Japanese masters. This work showcases traditional alloys, patinas and lacquer; techniques such as raising, inlay, lamination, fire gilding, engraving and enameling; and art forms such as articulated figures.

Two of the featured artists – Morihito Katsura and Norio Tamagawa – have earned the honorary designation of Japanese Living National Treasures. This designation – for those who have attained “high mastery” of an art or craft – certifies recipients as Preservers of Important Intangible Cultural Properties by the Japanese government.

The exhibition at Peninsula School of Art (, 3900 Cty F in Fish Creek, is free; is open to the public Monday-Saturday, 8 am – 5 pm; and will run through July 16.

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