Location: Honolulu, Hawai’i, United States
John Morita, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in photo etchings, photography and videography.
Visual art is a powerful media in which Mr. Morita has contributed works for more than four decades. He first became involved with photography when he won a first place prize in photography and second place in the experimental category. In addition, he was aided by the GI Bill. He first earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Chaminade College in 1965 and later returned to academia to fine tune his art by earning a BFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1974 and a Master of Arts in printmaking from San Francisco State University in 1976. For more than 45 years, Mr. Morita has been creating art and exhibiting his work in numerous one-man shows.
These one-man shows include being featured at the Galerie Marina Dinkler, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Art Center, the Soker/Kaseman Gallery, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Alternative Museum, and the Wakayama International Print Biennial among various other institutions. Mr. Morita’s work has also been featured in collections. Known for his unique vision and mastery of his crafts, he has lectured in art at the University of Hawai’i and at the Windward Community College. He has also served on the board of directors of the Kapiolani Community College. Mr. Morita served in the US Army from 1966 to 1969.
In addition to the two awards aforementioned, Mr. Morita won the 1st Prize at the International Print Triennial in Berline in 1987 and was the recipient of the Print Club Selection Award from the Print Club of Philadelphia in 1988. The Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and Arts presented him with the Fellowship Merit Award in 1995 and he was also a National Education Association Fellow in Printmaking in 1996. Some of Mr. Morita’s most notable work is covering the Charles Ware family from 1972 to 1990 and covering the Palestinian First Intifada. He was later invited to cover more human rights tours to Israel and Palestine.
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