Berkeley College Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


Contact:  Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
201-291-1111, ext. 1-5122




Berkeley College is exhibiting the work of two artists — Natsuko Hattori and Natsuki Takauji — at the Brooklyn Gallery, 255 Duffield Street, Brooklyn, NY.  This exhibit is now on display and will continue through June 30.  The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. 

Robert Keiber, Berkeley College Curator, said, “Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a celebration of the culture, traditions and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US.  We’re pleased to exhibit the work of both these  talented, well-known artists.” 

Artist Natsuko Hattori was born in Fukuoka, Japan.  She studies with Bruce Dorfman, renowned artist, at the Art Students League of New York, and sees fabric as her medium of choice.  The Art Students League presented her with the Student Concours Mixed Media award (first prize), a Merit Scholarship and the Red Dot Prize.  At the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY, she received the Grand Harvest Emerging Artists award at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn.  

She has exhibited her work at the Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art in Japan and in New York City at Gallery 61, Studio 57 Gallery, Joy Grace Institute and Caelum Gallery.  Last month her work was on display at the Berkeley College New York City Midtown Gallery.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Natsuki Takauji studied at Waseda University in Tokyo, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in creative writing.  For a while she worked as a teacher and novelist, but came to realize what she wanted to do was paint.  Ms. Takauji came to New York in 2008 and starting drawing and painting intensively under Knox Martin, Bruce Dorfman and Charles Hinman in the Art Students League of New York.  She has since evolved to work in sculpture, welding and carpentry, using mixed media such as fabrics, wood and steel—all currently at her studio in Long Island, NY. 

Ms. Takauji has exhibited her artwork at the Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY; Ouchi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, New York, NY; the Renaissance Java Café, Brooklyn, NY; and the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, NY.  She had a solo exhibition at the Atlas Café, Brooklyn, NY.  And she was featured at the Berkeley College New York City Midtown Gallery in November 2012.

For more information about these artists and the exhibits, contact Mr. Keiber at or 212-252-2065.

Photo Caption:  Artwork by Natsuko Hattori, one of the featured artists with work on display at the Berkeley College Brooklyn Gallery from April 1 through June 30.

Photo Caption: Artwork by Natsuki Takauji, one of the featured artists with work on display at the Berkeley College Brooklyn Gallery from April 1 through June 30. 

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