Makoto Fujimura is a contemporary artist, curator, writer, and founder of the International Arts Movement and Fujimura Institute. He was named a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum in 2009.
Fujimura was born in 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts. Educated bi-culturally between the U.S. and Japan, he graduated from Bucknell University in 1983 and received an MFA from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with a Japanese Governmental Scholarship. His thesis painting was purchased by the University, and he was invited to study in the Japanese Painting Doctorate program.
A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009, Fujimura served as an international advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts. In 2014, the American Academy of Religion named Makoto Fujimura as its “2014 Religion and the Arts” award recipient. His work has been featured in numerous museum exhibits, including Tikotin Museum in Israel and Gonzaga Jundt Museum. New York Times columnist David Brooks has called Fujimura’s work “a small rebellion against the quickening of time.” Poet Christian Wiman has termed Fujimura’s new book Art+Faith: A Theology of Making “a tonic for our atomized time.”
Fujimura is married to Haejin Shim Fujimura, the Managing Partner of Shim & Associates, P.C. and the CEO of Embers International, Inc. They work together to connect creation of beauty with bringing justice into the world to end human trafficking in our generation.
January 29, 2021 | “Art + Faith: A Theology of Making” an Online Conversation with Makoto Fujimura
August 7, 2020 | “Culture Care: Mending to Make New” an Online Conversation with Makoto Fujimura
September 19, 2017 | “Culture Care” an Evening Conversation in Indianapolis, IN with Makoto Fujimura
November 4, 2016 | “Culture Care in a Fragmented Modern World” an Evening Conversation in Washington, DC with Makoto Fujimura
March 31, 2016 | “Beauty in a Broken World” an Evening Conversation in Columbia, SC with Makoto Fujimura
Related Trinity Forum Readings
“Babette’s Feast” by Isak Dinesen, featuring an original introduction by Makoto Fujimura
“Four Quartets” by T. S. Eliot, featuring an original introduction by Makoto Fujimura
Publications and Scholarly Works
• Art+Faith: A Theology of Making (2021)
• Golden Sea (2013)