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Japanese Photography Critic Mariko Takeuchi Named Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Bard College

Jennifer Wai-Lan Huang
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Council for International Exchange of Scholars has announced that Mariko Takeuchi, photography critic, independent curator, and faculty member of Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, has been awarded a 2008–09 Fulbright Visiting Scholar grant. Takeuchi was awarded a grant to conduct research at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, on “Education of Photography Appreciation at Academies and Art Institutions in the United States.” Takeuchi is one of approximately 1,000 foreign faculty and professionals who received Fulbright Visiting Scholar awards to lecture and conduct research in the United States; a similar number of U.S. scholars received awards to lecture and conduct research abroad.

The Fulbright Scholar Program was established in 1946 to increase mutual understanding between Americans and people from other countries through the exchange of individuals, knowledge, and skills. Since its inception, the program has awarded approximately 100,000 grants to U.S. and foreign scholars. The program, which is administered in the United States and 140 foreign countries, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with additional funding from participating governments and host institutions. Final selections for the grants are made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which is composed of 12 educational and public leaders appointed by the president of the United States.

Born in 1972 in Tokyo, Mariko Takeuchi has written numerous texts for catalogues and photography books including Ryudai Takano: 1936–1996 (Sokyu-sha, 2006) and Ryuichiro Suzuki: Odyssey (Heibonsha, 2007). She is a regular contributor and photography critic for various magazines such as Asahi Camera and Studio Voice. She is also in charge of the Japanese photography section and writing for The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford University Press, 2005). She is a part-time lecturer of Waseda University and a guest researcher of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

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