Naomi Sawada


Naomi Sawada is the Manager of Public Programs at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She holds a BA (Anthropology 1995) and Diploma (Art History 1996) from UBC. She has assisted in the research of exhibitions and programs at Science World British Columbia in Vancouver (1986-1991) and at the UBC Museum of Anthropology (1991-1995). As a co-curator of exhibitions and curator of programs, she helped to develop the mandate and operating policies at the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby, BC (1995-2000). With John O'Brian and Scott Watson, she co-edited All Amazed: for Roy Kiyooka (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and the Vancouver Art Forum Society, 2002), and, with Scott Watson and Jana Tyner, co-edited Thrown: British Columbia’s Apprentices of Bernard Leach and Their Contemporaries (Vancouver: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2011). Thrown was a finalist for the 2012 Roderick Haig Brown Regional BC Book Prize. She is a member of the Board of Directors of 221A, the Northwest Coast Ceramics Foundation and the Asian Canadian Studies Society.

Last updated: May 8, 2024