Mayuko Kono

Mayuko Kono was born in Japan and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received a BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2005 and an MFA from Pennsylvania State University in 2011. She was an Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in 2014. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Japan.

Curriculum Vitae


Born 1981, Japan
Lives in Los Angeles, CA


2017 Dream House, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2017 Cut from the Left, Tmoro Project, Santa Clara, CA
2016 Planning the Improbable, Sketching the Impossible, Washington Street Art Center, Somerville, MA
2011 Twenty-Something, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2011 A Bull Inside A Corgi’s Stomach, Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, University Park, PA
2010 Unbound, Coleman Burke Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Free Ice Cream, Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, University Park, PA
2009 Big, Big Bangs/ Small, Small Bucks II, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2009 Reconnection, Frederick Layton Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2009 Hiroshima Art Project 2009: Kippomaru, Yoshijima District, Hiroshima, Japan
2009 Generate: An Exhibition of Work by MIAD Alumni, Milwaukee, WI
2008 Big, Big Bangs/ Small, Small Bucks, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2008 Joseph Bolstad and Mayuko Kono, Zuishoji Art Projects, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Aqua Art Miami, Hotcakes Gallery, Miami, FL
2006 Exchange: A MARNmentors Exhibition, Hotcakes Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2006 In:Site North Avenue Gateway, temporary public art on North Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
2006 North by Northwest, Diamond Ink Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2006 Juventus 2006, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
2006 North by Northwest, Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI


2011 MFA Pennsylvania State University
2005 BFA Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design


2014 Headlands Center for the Arts, Artist in Residence Award, Sausalito, CA
2009 Pennsylvania State University Graduate Assistantship, University Park, PA
2005 Milwaukee Artist Resource Network Mentorship Program, selected Mentee, Milwaukee, WI
2005 Outstanding Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Honorable Mention, International Sculpture Center
2004 New York Studio Residency Program, The Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design, New York, NY
2003 Mary Nohl Scholarship, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee, WI


Kunstverein NY, “Document, Kunsterverein NY x White Zinfandel,” online project by Ashley Rawlings, 2012
artscape, “Hiroshima Art Project 2009: Kippomaru Exhibition,” review by Naoko Sumi, September 15, 2009, “Joseph Bolstad + Mayuko Kono Exhibition,” review by Chihiro Murakami, October 2, 2008
Young Friends of the Institute “Juventus 2006: Proclivities,” exhibition essay by Karin Patzke, 2006, “Episode 30: Edible books and lots of reviews!,” podcast review, March 26, 2006
Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, “Exchange: A MARNmentors Exhibition,” exhibition catalogue, 2006
MKE, “Found and Lost: Fleeting Artworks Enliven North Ave.,” Whitney Taylor, June 1, 2006