Sachiko Akiyama

Office: Art & Art History, Paul Creative Arts Center, Durham, NH 03824
Sachiko Akiyama

Sachiko Akiyama received her MFA from Boston University. She is best known for her sculptures that combine hand-carved wood forms with other materials such as clay, resin and metal. She has exhibited in the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions at the Akinofuku Museum (Hamamatsu, Japan), the University of Maine Museum of Art (Bangor, ME), and group exhibitions at the Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI), Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY), and Field Projects (NYC, NY). Her work has been reviewed favorably in Art New England, The Boston Globe, and The Portland Press Herald. Among numerous honors, Akiyama was awarded a Joan Mitchell Award, an Artist Resource Trust Grant, and residencies at UCross and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is the 2018 recipient of the Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant. Her work is in the permanent collections of Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park and Gordon College.


  • M.F.A., Sculpture, Boston University
  • B.A., Amherst College

Research Interests

  • Drawing
  • Sculpture

Courses Taught

  • ARTS 525: Introductory Woodworking
  • ARTS 532: Introductory Drawing
  • ARTS 567: Introductory Sculpture
  • ARTS 598: An Artist's Life
  • ARTS 625: Wood/Wood Carving
  • ARTS 667: Sculpture Workshop: The Figure
  • ARTS 796: Ind Stdy/Sculpture
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Art&Art History

Selected Artistic Activities & Publications

"Your Plus-One," Mount Airy Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA (2019).

"Impact," Museum of Art, UNH (2019).

Union Leader. (2019). "UNH Studio Artists Make an Impact on Seacoast". Retrieved from

"Sagas," Group Exhibition at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA (2019). Retrieved from

work purchased for Gordon College permanent collection (2019).

McCartin, J. (2019). "Portsmouth Sculptor Sachiko Akiyama wins $25K Artist Advancement Grant." The Portsmouth Herald. January 13, 2019. The Portsmouth Herald.

"The Artist Revealed", Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (2018).

"Enigma and Persona", Gallery at Great Barrington Arts Center, Gordon College (2018). Retrieved from

"Tap Root," George Marshall Gallery, York, ME (2018). Retrieved from

"A Few Conversations Between Women," 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA (2018).