Sayaka Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up living in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. Currently she teaches design and drawing courses at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).

Using reclaimed plastic objects as materials, Sayaka’s recent sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. Her recent exhibitions include: “Danze Della Natura” – solo exhibition at the Hermann Geiger Foundation in Cecina, Italy, and “Feng Shui ~ Wind and Water” – solo exhibition in the Isle Gallery, Isle of Man. Her recent commissions include a series of four marine life sculptures for the Monerey Bay Aquarium in California and a permanent installation depicting an underwater scene with right whale and various schools of fish in the atrium of the Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral, Florida.

COMMISSIONS AND COLLECTIONS:

2015

“Changing Tides” – Temporary environmental art installation, Foellinger Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne, IN

“Plunge” – Permanent installation of penguin sculptures, Toledo Zoo, Toledo, OH

2014

“Bio” – Sculpture for “Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge”, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO

“Flame” – Sculpture using local waste materials for “From Waste to Art III” exhibition, Tamiz Shahar Company, Baku, Azerbaijan

2013

“Embrace” – Environmental art installation, Exploration Tower, Port Canaveral, FL

“Tabiwa Michizure”- Private commission of two horse sculptures, Bristol, TN

2012

“Dark Horses” – Private commission of two black horse sculptures, Los Altos, CA

“Birds in the Billows” – Abstract metal sculpture using items pulled out from the Maumee Rive, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN

“Fragile Seas” – Sculptures representing local marine life endangered by plastic pollution, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA

2011

“Confluence” – Four horse sculptures, Private collection, Ballabeg, Isle of Man

“Emergence” – Horse sculptures, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum, London, UK

“Plunge” Penguin sculptures, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum, San Francisco, CA

2010

“Night”, Horse sculpture, Eagle Commodities, New York, NY

“RE-Surgence” – Public art sculpture, Huntington Center, Toledo, OH

“Eat, Drink and Celebrate” – Temporary Installation of translucent plastic stemware installation, Designer and Agents Green Room, Los Angeles, CA

“Ambush” and “Jungle Sunset”, a reclaimed plastic sculpture of leaping tiger and a companion abstract wall relief made with duplicates of the items used in the tiger, Permanent installation, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

2009

“Wayne” – a reclaimed plastic sculpture of a life size eagle, gift to the City of Takaoka, Japan for their 400th anniversary, Sister City International, Fort Wayne, IN

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

  • 2014: “UMI” – Gallery A, Hendrix College, Conway, AR
  • 2013: “Luminariales” – Johnson Center for Fine Arts, Franklin College, Franklin, IN
  • 2013: “Feng Shui ~ Wind and Water” – The Isle Gallery, Isle of Man
  • 2013: “Danze della Natura” – Hermann Geiger Foundation, Cecina, Italy
  • 2012: “Dances of Nature” – Rowland Gallery, Greenville College, Greenville, IL
  • 2010: “Objects and Spirits” – Robert E. Wilson Gallery, Huntington University, Huntington, IN
  • 2009: “Convergence” –  Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN
  • 2008: “Finding Freedom”– MFA thesis exhibition at the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • 2004: “Two Visions: Ink and Steel” – Robert E. Wilson Gallery, Huntington University, Huntington, Indiana

 SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2014

  • “From Waste to Art III”, Tamiz Shahar JSC, Baku, Azerbaijan (Work included:  Nova, Flame)
  • “3rd Elvis Zapp Urban Film Festival Projection Projec”t, New York, NY (Work projected: Luminariales video)

2013

  • “Environmental Impact”, Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH (Work included: Travelers)
  • “Flotsam and Jetsam” Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN (Work included: Nova)
  • “(High) Trash” DuPont Gallery, Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (Work included: Fogo)

2012

  • “Redux: Repurposed Materials” DuPont Gallery, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA (Work included: Nova)
  • “Julie Menin 2012”, Political Fundraiser, Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York, NY (Work included: Plunge)

2011

  • ‘Kunstig afval’ De Helderse Vallei, Den Helder, Netherlands (Work included: Armor)
  • “Green Works” Project 4 Gallery, Washington, DC (Work included: Feng Shui)

2010

  • “FUTUREFORWARD” – Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art, New Orleans, LA (Works included: Undulate, Walker, Jaws)

2009

  • “Toledo Area Artists 2009”  – Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH (Work included: Emergence)
  • “Material Afterlife” – Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI (Work included: Feng Shui)

 

HONORS AND AWARDS:

  • 2014 Keynote speaker for the Youth Energy Summit, Sacramento, CA
  • 2012 Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Program Grant
  • 2012 Midwestern Voices & Visions award, Alliance of Artists Communities
  • 2009 Contemporary Arts Award (Wind) Fall Open Juried Exhibition, American Academy of Equine Art

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