Biographical Notes
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Takayo Noda is a collage artist, printmaker, writer, and illustrator. She was born in Tokyo, Japan, and studied at Gakushuin University in Tokyo. She moved to New York City with her then husband in 1961 and has lived there since. She, however, travels back to Japan regularly.

She devoted most of her time as a wife and mother until her son became a high school student. However, the art training she had in Japan helped her to work for Women's Day magazine as a freelance crafts designer. Occasionally, she had the opportunity to exhibit her collages at one of the local galleries in the West Village during those years.

It was her long-time dream to become an artist since she was very young but she felt the art training she had had in Japan was not good enough to advance her career in art; hence she wanted to have further training to cultivate her artistic mind and develop more skill to reach a true professional level. Therefore, it was a natural progression for her to go back to school to pursue art in depth, as soon as her son became old enough. She studied with Robert Conover at The New School for Social Research and Michael Ponce de Leon, Seong Moy, and Leo Manso at the Art Students League. She started showing her work publicly in 1981 and has received numerous awards.

Selected Awards
  • Gold Medal of Honor for Graphics, Audubon Artists, NYC
  • Silver Medal of Honor for Graphics, Audubon Artists, NYC
  • First Prize for Graphics, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
  • Award in Honor of Krishna Reddy, Society of American Graphic Artists, NYC
  • Salmagundi Club Award, Allied Artists of America, NYC
  • Purchase Prize, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI
  • Acquisition Award, University of Hawaii Hilo, Hilo, HI
Selected One-Person Shows
  • Zimmerli Art Museum, Brunswick, NJ
  • The National Arts Club, NYC
  • Tiffany & Co. Windows
  • Donnell Library, NYC
  • Interchurch Center, NYC
  • Port Washington Public Library, Port Washington, NY
  • Pen and Brush, NYC
Selected Group Shows
  • National Academy of Design, NYC
  • Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
  • UBS Gallery, NYC
  • Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
  • Newark Art Museum, Newark, NJ
  • Museum of American Illustration, NYC
  • Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
  • United Nations, NYC
  • International Exhibitions in India, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, England
Selected Collections
  • Zimmerli Art Museum; all of her illustrations from two picture books, Dear World and Song of the Flowers
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Art Students League
  • National Arts Club
  • Lotos Club
  • Silvermine Guild Center for the Arts
  • 1998, MTA Arts for Transit, NYC Transit Program, Subway Poster, NYC
  • 2006, MTA Arts for Transit, original design for six faceted glass windows for Sutter Avenue subway station on L-line in Brooklyn, www.mta.info/mta/aft
  • 2003, Dear World, children's picture book, poems and illustrations, Penguin, Dial Books for Young Readers; received starred reviews by Kirkus Review and School Library Journal
  • 2007, Song of the Flowers, children's picture book, poems and illustrations, penguin, Dial Books for Young Readers; received acclaimed reviews by School Library Journal, Booklist, and Cookie Magazine
Television & Radio
  • 1993, Guest artist on "Creative Living" national series, KENW-TV
  • 2005, Guest artist on "Act Two" WLIW 21-TV
  • 2006, Featured artist on Minnesota Public Radio, Winona company makes a glass into art
  • The New York Times, January 29, 1995, Vivian Raynor
  • The New York Times, May 10, 1998, Helen A. Harrison
  • Kirkus Review, January 2003, John Edwards Peters
  • School Library Journal, March 2003, Genevieve Gallagher
  • School Library Journal, March 2006, Hope Marie Cook
  • Kirkus Review, March 2006
  • The New York Sun, July 14, 2008, Beautifying Brownsville with Stained Glass, Nell Gluckman, www.nysun.com
  • Allied Artists of America
  • Audubon Artists
  • Society of American Graphic Artists
  • National Association of Women Artists
  • Boston Printmakers
  • Art Students League, lifetime member
  • Lotos Club
  • Artists' Fellowship
  • Academy of American Poets
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in American Art
  • Who's Who in American Women