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Masako Onodera

School of Art and Design

Office: 309C Applied Arts
Phone: 715/232-1166


  • M.F.A. Metals
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • 2008
  • B.F.A. Interior Design
    • Joshibi University of Art and Design
    • 1989

Courses Taught

ART 215, Art Metals 1

ART 315, Art Metals 2

ART 415, Art Metals 3 (repeatable)

ART 399, 499, Independent study, undergraduate level

ART 799, Independent study, graduate level

ART 255, Art workshop: Papermaking, Study abroad program to Japan, forthcoming, May 2015

Selected Public Collections

  • Toledo Museum of Art
    • Toledo, OH
  • The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction
    • Bloomington, IN
  • Mobile Museum of Art
    • Mobile, AL
  • Museum of Contemporary Craft
    • Portland, OR
  • Kamm Teapot Foundation
    • Sparta, NC
  • Tennessee State Museum
    • Nashville, TN
  • Bowling Green State University
    • Bowling Green, OH


Masako Onodera utilizes craft techniques in her art and connects the audience emotionally to the materials and practices employed. Her creations suggest an experience of the body altered by the tactile and visual characteristics of the object. 

Onodera was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2011 and received the Society of North American Goldsmith’s Educational Endowment Scholarship in 2006 and 2007. Her work is featured in many of the Lark Books 500 series, Metalsmith magazine and part of many private and public collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Craft, OR, the Mobile Museum of Art, AL, and the Toledo Museum of Art, OH. She currently juried and organized the exhibition Resolutely Ambiguous to showcase contemporary metalsmiths’ work at the Walker Shop in Minneapolis, MN. The artist graduated with an MFA in Metals from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and is an assistant professor in Art Metals at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.