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August 30, 2013
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SRU art professor emeritus earns PCA ‘Artist of the Year’ honor

Akiko Kotani, Slippery Rock University professor of art emeritus, has been named “Artist of the Year” by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

She will be honored at a 5:30 p.m., Sept. 7, reception. A display of her art will continue through Nov. 3.

The center’s award, believed to be the oldest and most revered tradition at the center, has honored an outstanding artist since 1949. After a retrospective of all previous honorees in 2001, PCA rededicated itself to marking the “old” tradition again at an annual event to honor the outstanding regional artist. The center added an “Emerging Artist of the Year” award. The mix of work by both an established artist and an emerging artist recognizes the dynamic role of artists in PCA’s past, present and future.

This exhibition is funded in part by The Pittsburgh Foundation, Heinz Foundation and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Kotani, best known for her work in paper and fibers, describes her interest in art in a video available at: She has displayed her work in a number of galleries, including the contemporary gallery mx espai 1010 in Barcelona, Spain. She retired from SRU in 2000, but has remained active as an artist.

The center is located at 6300 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh. Details are available at

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