The Art of Ema Tanigaki

Metals, Sculpture, Fine Wire, Jewelry, Light

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Ema Tanigaki • Sculptor, Jewelry Designer and Photographic Pre-print Artist • email Ema

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Albuquerque, NM 87102-1313 USA
(505) 765-5555
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A Little Trivial History

In elementary school my art teacher pulled me to the side and said, "I should not say this to you. You are one of the good students aren't you? The other teachers will be angry for talking to you about this, but have you considered becoming an artist when you are older?" She felt I had talent, but my academic achievement put me on a different path.

After some bumps and bruises to my academic career, basically caused by being a teenager, I proceeded to follow the path I felt was destined for me, pure science: Mathematical Physics. I graduated Summa Cum Laude in Biophysics from the local University in Buffalo NY (SUNYAB). On hindsight I would have been better served with an educational background in engineering or even vocational school, however engineers and technicians do not have the passion good scientists and artists have. But my desire to learn how the Universe works has served me in countless ways. Even now I study the underlying structure of everything around me to decipher the patterns and create my own.

Sometime in the 90's I met John Healey and was seduced by his curiosity and ambition that equaled mine. I found myself more interested in his work and developing and adapting technology to artistic uses than where my own path was leading me. Also I realized that success in the path I was taking was as likely to lead to a new super weapon as to lead to a cure for some disease, so I changed paths. A mad artist is much safer than a mad scientist. Thereafter I was set back on the correct path that my wise teacher foresaw so many many years ago.

Ema Tanigaki's resumé

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ema tanigaki

born: Kanazawa, Japan 1968
position: Independent Artist
location of studio: Albuquerque, New Mexico



State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S. Summa Cum Laude 1995 Department of Medicine, Biophysics.


Assistant to John Healey 1991~1996
Partner Healey Studio LLC 1997~present
Teaching Assistant-The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass - 1999


Jewelry in New Mexico – Albuquerque Museum of Art – Albuquerque, New Mexico 2018
Albuquerque NOW - Albuquerque Museum of Art - Albuquerque, New Mexico 2009
All Things Considered IV - National Basketry Association - traveling exhibit - 2009
Originals 2007: New Mexico Women in the Arts - Harwood Museum- Taos New Mexico 2007
Beyond the Basket: Contemporary Work in Fiber, Metal & Wood - del Mano Gallery, CA - June/July 2007
Connected: Annual Exhibition of Basketry and Connective Techniques - Cervini Hass Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona - February 2007
Contemporary Baskets 2006 - del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California - June/July 2006
Hot Tea! - del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California - April 2006
“Bend-Twist-Wrap: Contemporary Work in Wire” - Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, Connecticut- Feb 2006
Selected Works - del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California -January 2006
SOFA Chicago 2005 - Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois - October 2005
Contemporary Baskets- del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California -July 2005
SOFA Chicago 2004 - Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois - November 2004
Show&Tel - Zimmer Children’s Museum, Los Angeles, California - June 2004
Contemporary Baskets 2004 - del Mano Gallery, California - June/July 2004
SOFA New York 2004 - Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, New York - June 2004
SOFA Chicago 2001~2003 - Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois - October 2001, 2002, 2003
Glass Weekend ‘01, ‘03 - Wheaton Village, New Jersey - July 2001, June 2003

Special Events

“Collectors’ Dinner” Fundraising Event - Albuquerque Museum o f Art - Albuquerque, New Mexico 2014

Museum Collections

Albuquerque Art Museum - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Racine Art Museum - Racine, Wisconsin


Award of Merit - Originals 2007: New Mexico Women in the Arts - Harwood Museum- Taos New Mexico


500 Baskets - Lark Books - 2006
Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot - Magazine of Handweavers Guild of America - Fall 2005
Surface Design Journal - Summer Edition 2005

Gallery Representation

Cervini Haas/Gallery Materia - Scottsdale, Arizona
del Mano Gallery - Los Angeles, California
Jane Sauer - Thirteen Moons Gallery - Santa Fe, New Mexico
Mariposa Gallery - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Museum of Arts and Design, gift store - New York, New York