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George Tsutakawa papers

Creator:
Tsutakawa, George  Search this
Names:
University of Washington  Search this
Extent:
1 Linear foot
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1963-1991
Summary:
The papers of Washington-based sculptor and educator George Tsutakawa measure 1 linear feet and date from 1963 to 1991. The papers document his career as a painter, sculptor, and teacher and include biographical material, correspondence, exhibition files, membership records, project files, and printed material.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Washington-based sculptor and educator George Tsutakawa measure 1 linear feet and date from 1963 to 1991. The papers document his career as a painter, sculptor, and teacher and include biographical material, correspondence, exhibition files, membership records, project files, and printed material.
Arrangement:
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.
Biographical / Historical:
George Tsutakawa (1910-1997) was a sculptor, painter, and teacher who primarily worked in Seattle, Washington. Tsutakawa was born in Seattle, but he was educated and raised in Japan from 1917 to 1927. Upon his return to Seattle, he enrolled in high school and later attended the University of Washington School of Art (1932-1937), where he majored in sculpture.

During World War II, his family was sent to the Japanese American incarceration camps, while Tsutakawa served in the U.S. Army from 1941-1945. After the war, he returned to Seattle and in 1947 he married his wife Ayame, whom he had met at one of the Japanese incarceration camps he visited in order to see and help family members during the war. That same year, Tsutakawa also started teaching at the University of Washington, where he resumed his studies and got his M.F.A. in 1950.

From the late 1950s through 1970s, Tsutakawa rose to prominence for his designs of fountains, usually made from bronze or welded steel. Over the course of his career, he designed fountains for roughly 80 commissions across the United States and Japan. During this time, he continued to teach at the University of Washington until his retirement in 1976. He died in Seattle in 1997.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with George Tsutakawa conducted 1983 September 8-19, by Martha Kingsbury; an oral history interview with George Tsutakawa conducted 1987 June 26-27, by his daughter Mayumi Tsutakawa; and the George Tsutakawa in Japan video project recordings.
Provenance:
The George Tsutakawa papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by George Tsutakawa in 1991.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Educators -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Sculptors -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Citation:
George Tsutakawa papers, 1963-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.tsutgeor2
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George Tsutakawa papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-tsutgeor2

Oral history interview with George Tsutakawa [videorecording], 1987 June 26-27

Interviewee:
Tsutakawa, George, 1910-1997  Search this
Interviewer:
Tsutakawa, Mayumi  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (State)  Search this
Japanese Americans -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Asian American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11658
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216534
AAA_collcode_tsutak87
Theme:
Asian American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216534

Oral history interview with George Tsutakawa [videorecording]

Creator:
Tsutakawa, George  Search this
Interviewer:
Tsutakawa, Mayumi  Search this
Extent:
12 Items (Master: 12 videocassettes (Beta) (circa 20 min. each), sd., col., 1/2 in.)
4 videocassettes (u-matic) (Duplicate (3 sets, 12 total videocassettes), sd., col., 3/4 in.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Videocassettes (u-matic)
Video recordings
Interviews
Date:
1987 June 26-27
Scope and Contents:
An interview of George Tsutakawa conducted 1987 June 26-27, by his daughter Mayumi Tsutakawa, for the Archives of American Art at Tsutakawa's home and studio in Seattle, Washington and at three of his fountain sculpture sites.
He discusses his youth and early education in Japan, demonstrates Sumi painting, and describes early Seattle art communities and University of Washington classes. He recalls his WWII experiences and his friendship with Mark Tobey and others, and explains the origins and evolution of fountain sculpture. Paul J. Karlstrom of the Archives of American Art introduces and concludes the interview.
General:
Originally recorded on 12 videocassettes. Duration is 4 hr.
Related Materials:
This interview was followed up in 1988 by documenting Tsutakawa's return to Fukuyama, Japan to dedicate a major work for the city's new museum of contemporary art (cataloged separately under George Tsutakawa in Japan video project). Footage from this interview was used, along with footage from the 1988 Fukuyama footage, in the documentary "George Tsutakawa: An Artists' Pilgrimage" c1990 by the Archives of American Art.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
For information on how to access this interview contact Reference Services.
Occupation:
Sculptors -- Washington (State)  Search this
Topic:
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (State)  Search this
Japanese Americans -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Asian American artists -- Interviews  Search this
Japanese American sculptors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.tsutak87
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-tsutak87

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