Friday, December 11, 2009

Shige Yamada

BA, BEd, and MFA alumni Shige Yamada was an educator at the College of Education from 1968- 1988. After leaving UH in 1988 Shige went on to become a full time artist. His bronze sculptures are landmarks at the Kahului Airport, UH Manoa, and the Hawaii Convention Center. He has recently had much success with his digital art, some of which was just on display at the Degrees of Distinction Alumni Invitational Exhibition.
His personal work is part of the collections at The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C., The Museum of Art and Design in New York, The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, Honolulu Academy of Arts and Hawaii State Art Museum. This year Shige was the featured artist at the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce Commitment to Excellence Exhibition, and in 1993 he was selected as a Living Treasure of Hawaii by Honpa Hogwanji Mission of Hawaii.


  1. He was also my high school art teacher in about 1963 in Itazuke, Japan. I still think about him often and the things he taught me. I still have some of his artwork...wonder what its worth Dana Allin

  2. Mr. Yamada was also my art teacher in 1963 in Itazuke, Japan. He was the most inspiring teacher I've ever had. I did go on to paint watercolors for a design studio in Arlington, Texas in the 1980s.