In Memoriam: Keiko Kadota

Keiko Kadota at the Impact Conference, Bristol, 2013


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Keiko Kadota on January 10, 2017. She was a great friend and important mentor to many artists within and outside Japan, promoting international understanding through her many projects. As the Director of the Nagasawa Art Park (NAP) residency mokuhanga training program (1997-2011) and its successor the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory (MI-LAB) her work has been of special importance in advancing an understanding of mokuhanga, Japanese woodcut, as a creative practice internationally. The network of strong friendships she fostered has resulted in many mokuhanga exhibitions, classes, conferences, presentations and other events in all parts of the world. She was also a supporter of related craft traditions and had a deep understanding and appreciation for washi, Japanese handmade paper. In addition to her work as Director of two Japanese residencies, she initiated the tri-annual International Mokuhanga Conferences. The third of these conferences, IMC2017, will be held in Hawaii September 28 to October 1, 2017. The MI-LAB program will continue to accept applications for residencies, and the Tokyo CfSHE office will continue to offer classes and exhibitions related to mokuhanga. The passion and dedication of Keiko Kadota will be deeply missed, but her programs will continue her legacy of promoting international understanding and cooperation through mokuhanga.

In celebration of her accomplishments, MI-LAB is preparing an exhibition for June 2017 in Cyprus, which has been designated by the EU as European Capital of Culture for the year. It concerns the history of MI-LAB and NAP between 1997 and 2017 with an overview of the development of mokuhanga internationally. As a part of its research, MI-LAB will conduct a survey of NAP and MI-LAB alumni regarding their mokuhanga print publications, their other creative work including work with washi paper, their careers in educational fields, and the launch of new studios and residencies. This research will be presented at the Third International Mokuhanga Conference, Hawaii, with a small farewell celebration for Keiko, whose work so profoundly influenced the lives of so many artists, craftspeople and educators.
 (Written by April Vollmer for MI-LAB Committee Board)

For further information about Keiko Kadota’s continuing programs: Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory (MI-LAB) residency program:; International Mokuhanga Conference (IMC2017) Hawaii:




二か所の日本国内レジデンスのディレクターを兼ねるかたわら、彼女は3年毎に行われる国際木版画会議を創設、開始する運びに持っていきました。第3回の会議はIMC2017として初めて日本国外のハワイで9月28日から10月1日に開催されます。MI-LAB プログラムは、引き続きレジデンスプログラムの申請を受入れます、又東京CfSHE事務所は引き続き木版画に関する講習、展示会を提供していく所存です。


彼女の業績を祝い、MI-LABは、2017年6月欧州連合(EU)の欧州の今年の文化首都として指定されたキプロスでの展覧会を準備しています。この展示は、MI-LAB と 長沢アートパーク(NAP)の1997年から2017年の歴史と木版画の国際化の発展の概要に関するものです。

MI-LAB 委員会会員 エイプリル ヴァルマー 書

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Upcoming Talks and Book Signings



Thursday, February 25 at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Manhattan Graphics Center, New York City

Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri, Brooklyn, NY

August 8, 2016 at the Morgan Art of Papermanking Conservatory and Educational Foundation , Cleveland, Ohio



Book Reviews in Magazines

The book recently received a nice review in Professional Artist magazine. You can purchase the issue here.ProfArtistAdvTV

G&E, Grabado y Edicion, Print and Art Edition Magazine, Madrid also published a review. I published an article Mouhanga Renaissance with them last year, and you can subscribe to this excellent publication here.

An excellent interview by Misako Yomosa about the book and my show in Tokyo was published on the front page of issue 49 of Washi-Dayori Review, Kyoto, Japan. In Japanese.

April and Misako Yomosa at CfSHE gallery, Tokyo
April and editor Misako Yomosa at CfSHE gallery, Tokyo the day of the interview for Washi-Dayori.

November 2015 – Manhattan Book Signing at Central Booking

IMG_9881Book signing/small work show

Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop will be available for purchase at the Book Fair; also please feel free to bring books already purchased to the gallery for signing. View work by gallery artists; meet the book author; see some of the tools and prints illustrated in the book.


The Gallery for Artist’s Books, Art & Science and more…

Fair Hours:
November 6, 6-9pm
November 7 and 8, 12-6pm
Free Admission

After the success of its inaugural year in 2014, CENTRAL BOOKING is bringing back Buy the Book Fair as a yearly event in our Lower East Side space. As part of New York Print Week organized by the International Fine Print Dealers Association in conjunction with the Annual IFPDA Print Fair, Buy the Book Fair 2015 features print and the artist’s book, with exhibitors from around the country and the world in an intimate gallery setting. Last year there was nothing but kudos for the diversity and quality of all the exhibitors and ongoing demonstrations/participatory events. Not to mention the opportunity to view what is new at CENTRAL BOOKING and our over 120 artists who work with book art.

Book Signing October 18, 2015

VOLL_9780770434816_296Sunday, October 18 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Kentler International Drawing Space
353 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, New York 11231

Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop will be available for purchase at the signing party; also please feel free to bring books already purchased to the gallery for signing. View the drawing show by gallery artists; meet the book author; see some of the tools and prints illustrated in the book. Kentler International Drawing Space has a special connection with Japanese woodcut since the gallery hosted the show New York Mokuhanga last fall.

Southern Graphics Council International 2015

SGCI in Knoxville, Tennessee, March 18 to 21, 2015.1-DSC02455
April Vollmer’s photo album from Tennessee

April Vollmer promoting the book and talking with printmakers from across the country at the SGCI conference.

Building on prior conferences held in Knoxville in 1992 and 1995, the 2015 SGC International Printmaking Conference will include numerous exhibitions, 18 panel sessions, 9 INKubator sessions, more than 15 exchange portfolios, a mentoring program, a diverse product-publishers-program fair, the 2015-2018 SGCI Member Traveling Exhibition, 22 technical demonstrations, a full day of open portfolio sessions, and some unique special projects.

Roberta Waddell Review

Artists, curators, collectors, gallerists, and print and Asian art enthusiasts will find April Vollmer’s remarkable publication, Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop, indispensable.

Vollmer considers the Japanese woodblock print (mokuhanga) as it reflects Japanese culture in a succinct history of the medium with a special focus on collaboration and superb craftsmanship, hallmarks of the ukiyo-e print in Edo and Meiji Japan. She emphasizes how the Japanese woodblock print can inspire artists in the 21st century by utilizing non-toxic, “green” materials, which readily combine with traditional processes and new printing technologies. With a selection of recent work she features contemporary artists, who creatively have reconsidered mokuhanga. Her comprehensive guide to traditional tools and materials (including an enlightening discussion of Japanese paper), and lucid, illustrated, step-by-step instructions on all aspects of cutting a block and pulling a print make this publication a uniquely invaluable manual and guide. Equally valuable to artists is her appendix listing supplies and suppliers, classes, residencies and conferences. I wish I had had this publication while Curator of a Western print collection with strong holdings of Japanese prints!

Roberta Waddell, Retired Curator of Prints, The New York Public Library