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MFA Fellowship 2019
Hiromi Stringer (The University of Texas at San Antonio) is a recipient of the 2019 Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting & Sculpture.
Ms. Stringer was born in Japan, where she worked in the automotive-related industry before deciding to come to the United States to study art and fulfill her ambition to be an artist.
Much of Ms. Stringer’s work is centered on a fictional entity she created, the Umeyama Time Teleportation Museum (UTTM). For this she made paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures for an installation within an art gallery, as if it were a large exhibit on loan from UTTM to that real-life gallery. Umeyama, a fictional nineteenth century scholar in the Tokugawa shogunate, for whom the museum was named, is said to have been the world’s first time traveler. He is said to have created ink paintings as a record of what he saw in the modern-day world of the US. The mission statement of the fictional UTTM museum is central to Ms. Stringer’s intention in making this work: We (UTTM)/I (myself) believe that maintaining and being aware of diverse perspectives is crucial for communication, compassion and survival in this contemporary milieu.