Master of Fine Arts in Contemporary Art Practice
Portland State University, Portland, Ore., 2010
Bachelor of Journalism, concentration in Photojournalism
University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Mo., 1991
Bachelor of Spanish Literature
Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan, 1987
Sakura Sakura (solo), Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center: Japanese American History Museum, Portland, Ore., 2015
Halcyon Days: The Camera in the Garden, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Ore., 2014
Perimeter: We Live Here Now, The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Ore., 2011
Album – Artist Portraits of Artists, The Art Gym 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Ore., 2010
Grown Ups, Disjecta, Portland, Ore., 2010
Being Pulled (solo), Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, Ore., 2010
Images of the 442nd (solo), Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center: Japanese American History Museum, Portland, Ore., 2010
A Portland Chronicle (solo), Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, Ore., 2009
Reply All, Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, Ore., 2009
Sakura Sakura, Reed College Kaul Auditorium, Portland, Ore., 2009
Go For Broke (solo), Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, Portland, Ore., 2008
Memory Marches Fourth (solo), 23Sandy Gallery, Portland, Ore., 2008
Portland Community College, Introduction to Photography and Digital Photography, Portland, Ore., winter 2014 -- present
The Art Institute of Portland, Photojournalism, Portland, Ore., winter 2014
Portland State University, Color Photography and Theory, Portland, Ore., fall 2010, fall 2013, summer and fall 2014
Portland Community College Faculty Internship, Digital Photography, Portland, Ore., fall 2009 – spring 2010
Newspace Center for Photography, Visual Memoir, Portland, Ore., winter and summer 2014
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
The Oregonian, staff photographer/videographer, Portland, Ore., June 2000 – September 2013
The Virginian-Pilot, staff photographer, Norfolk, Va., March 1993 – May 2000
SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS
Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, Part of a team of journalists at The Oregonian
examining systematic flaws within the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
Communication Arts Photography Annual, for editorial and institutional
Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grant (Portland, Ore.), 2014 fro a series of photographs of sakura (cherry) trees at the Japanese American Memorial Plaza, which manifest not only my personal memory but also Japanese American history; and 2009 for photographic portraits and oral history recordings of Japanese American World War II veterans
Pictures of Year – International awards, for feature photo story and illustration
Society of Professional Journalists award, comprehensive coverage of the Japan tsunami disaster
Casey Medal for Distinguished Coverage of Children and Family Issues, Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families
Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association awards, for photo essays
Virginia Newspaper Photographer of the Year, Virginia News Photographers Association
RELATED AND ADDITIONAL SKILLS
Photoshop, Final Cut, Aperture, ,Bridge, digital film scanner, digital printer, and traditional dark room. Fluent in Japanese and conversational in Spanish
LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS
"Photo Council Brown Bag Lunch Talk," Portland Art Museum, Portland, Ore., 2014
“Images of the 44nd,” The 8th Airforce Historical Society, Beaverton, Ore., 2011
“Aftershock: A Report From Japan,” World Affairs Council of Oregon, Portland, Ore., 2011
“Photography Discussion,” 2010 Art Beat Week, Portland Community Center Southeast Center, Portland, Ore., 20
Meyer Memorial Trust, Portland, Ore.
Regional Arts & Culture Council, Visual Chronicle, Portland, Ore.
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, Portland, Ore.
Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, Ore.
“As If Happiness Had Been Melted Away.” The Oregonian. 11 May. 2011. <http://www.oregonlive.com/O/index.ssf/2011/05/to_a_photographer_returning_to.html>.
Newspace Center for Photography Exhibitions 2002 -2011. Newspace Center for Photography. 2011
Album – Artist Portraits of Artists: The Art Gym 30th Anniversary Exhibition.
The Art Gym Marylhurst University. 2010. 80-83.
Communication Arts Photography Annual 51. Vol. 52. No. 3. July/Aug. 2010. 177
Communication Arts Photography Annual 47. Vol. 48. No. 4. Aug. 2006. 76-77
PUBLICITY ABOUT WORK
Lacky, Kayo. "Motoya Nakamura Hopes 'Sakura Sakura' Inspires People to Reflect on Their Own Lives." Oregon Public Broadcasting. March 13, 2015. <http://www.opb.org/artsandlife/article/motoya-nakamura-hopes-sakura-sakura-inspires-people-to-reflect-on-their-own-lives/>
Kook-Anderson, Grace. "A tree and artist with roots in two worlds." The Oregonian, March 13, 2015.
"Darkroom To Digital: An Oregon Art Beat Special." Oregon Public Broadcasting. Feb. 04, 2015. <http://www.opb.org/artsandlife/series/darkroomtodigital/>
Lloyd, Mike. “Motoya Nakamura: Japan’s Disaster Hits Home.” The Oregonian. 11 May, 2010.
Cantor, Allyn. “Perimeter: We Live Here Now.” The Gallery Guide. 6 Feb. 2011
Sullivan, Julie. “Rising Above: Photos Salute the Celebrated Military Service of Sons of Internees Who Fought during WWII.” The Oregonian, 24 Jan. 2011.
“Now on Exhibit: Motoya Nakamura: Images of the 442nd.” Oregon Museums Association, Jan. 2010. <http://www.oregonmuseums.org/News.asp?NewsID=202>.
JURY MEMBER AND CURATOR EXPERIENCE
“THEN.NOW.HERE.” Photolucida, Portland, Ore., 2013
Curator for exhibition at Oregon Historical Society and other Portland venues
Visual Chronicle of Portland, Regional Art & Culture Council, Portland, OR, 2009 – 2011
Selection Committee member