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Finalists

Masayuki Nagase

Masayuki, originally from Kyoto, Japan, attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Tokyo, completed a traditional stone-carving apprenticeship in the granite quarries there, and has worked as a sculptor internationally for over 30 years. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, Michele Ku, also an artist, and their daughter. The artist’s most recent public art installations are at Portland State University in Oregon, Little Sugar Creek Greenway in Charlotte, North Carolina and Centralia Community College in Washington. Masayuki Nagase’s public art appears in Colorado, Louisiana, Arizona, New Mexico, and California, as well as in Japan, Chile and Europe. 

Andrew Dufford

Andrew is a principal at Denver-based Chevo Studios, and has over 20 years experience designing and fabricating more than 50 site-specific public artworks. Recent work includes an extensive design/build amphitheater project at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Installations include the main entrance to the Kansas City Zoo as well as in downtown Ogden, Utah and hroughout urban parks in Denver and other Colorado locations.

Yoshikawa Wright

An award-winning sculptor based in Los Angeles known for creating stone waterfalls, Yoshikawa has artwork in public and private gardens throughout the United States and in Japan. He recently designed, fabricated and installed the Memorial Arch for the Los Angeles Fallen Firefighters Memorial. He has a degree in fine arts from the University of Colorado, and began his career as a painter.

Mikyoung Kim

An internationally distinguished landscape architect whose studio is based in Boston, Mikyoung has 20 years experience in urban design and public art. Mikyoung is a professor at Rhode Island School of Design, a graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Design and studied piano at Oberlin Conservatory. Recent projects include the ChonGae Canal Restoration Project—Source Point Park in Seoul, Korea, and the Crown Sky Garden in Chicago.

Dale Lamphere

An outstanding South Dakota artist whose studio is based in Sturgis, South Dakota, Dale has 40 years experience as a sculptor in various mediums including stainless steel, stone and clay and various styles ranging from monumental landscapes to human and abstract forms. His 50 large-scale works span the United States, from a sculpture at the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, D.C., to the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California.

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