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Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Ph.D. was born in Chile and grew up in a Japanese- Chilean family. She is both a visual artist and a cultural anthropologist who creates installations that blur the line between ethnography and art to convey experiences of extraordinary nature and address issues of social justice. She is guided by the notion that ethnographies and visual art are both means of illuminating, communicating, and feeling our presence in the world.

She has received numerous awards and grants for her artwork. Among them: the International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition, Materials Hard +Soft, the Wing Luke Memorial Museum, Saint John’s University, California Story Fund, California Council for the Humanities, the International Award for Excellence in the Area of Art,
International Journal of the Arts in Society, and the Chilean Government Sponsorship, Ministry of Culture, Chile. As a scholar, she has received grants from Fulbright, Tinker Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the California Council for the Humanities. She has been a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia, and at Harvard University.

She has exhibited her work at galleries in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Among them the Monterey Museum of Art, de Young Museum of Art, Valene L Smith Museum of Anthropology at California State University, Chico, David Rockefeller Center at Harvard University, Oliver Art Center at the California College of the Arts, Eranos
Foundation, Ascona, Switzerland, Francisco Pratt Puig Cultural Center in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, and the Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile. Her work, Mending the Past, is currently in a five-year national tour as part of the travelling exhibit Resilience: A Sansei Sense of Legacy.

Lydia has been Artist in Residence at the De Young Museum of Art, Center for Art and Public Life at the California College of the Arts, Djerassi Artists Program, Kala Art Institute, and the Inaugural Virginia Tech Residency for Improvisation, Inspiration, Incubation, and Immersion at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.
She lives in Oakland, California, and teaches at the California College of the Arts.

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