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Mitsuko Brooks

Los Angeles, US

Mitsuko Brooks was born on Misawa Air Force Base in (Aomori Prefecture) Japan, and is a bicoastal artist. She earned her B.F.A. at Cooper Union in New York and her MFA from UCLA in Painting & Drawing.  Brooks is a member of Japanese American Womxn Speak, The Asian American Women Artists Association and The Diasporic Asian Art Network, and attended the semester residential program The Oxbow School. She has interned and worked for non profits since her teenage years: Asian Services in AIDS Communities, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition for HIV & AIDS, Paper Tiger TV, Asian Art Centre/Asian Artist Archive, the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock and many others. Since 2018 Brooks has been serving Little Tokyo Service Center's +LAB in Los Angeles as Community Arts Coordinator. She completed artist residencies with The Queens Museum Set on Freedom Artist Retreat (2016), The Wassaic Project (2014), The Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (2012), and The School of Making Thinking (2013). Brooks was awarded The Sally Van Der Lier Fellowship, the Artists’ Fellowship, Inc., The Bette Midler Scholarship, and The Resnick Grant. She has exhibited internationally and nationally at The San Francisco Art Institute, California College of Arts, SOMArts, Materials for The Arts, The Center for Strategic Art & Architecture,  and Rush Arts Gallery. Brooks' artist books, zines and mail art collages are in permanent collections at Smithsonian's Archive of American Art, Canada's Artexte Information Centre and Barnard College's Library in New York.