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Mottainai: Waste Not


  • Japanese Friendship Garden 2215 Pan American Road East San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)

Cat Chiu Phillips creates installation work in public spaces often using traditional handicraft methods while encouraging collaborations within the community. By using various found materials, discarded items became an interest because of its contextual value. Inevitably this has inspired her to create installation and public art projects using various recycled products.

Her public art commissions include the San Diego International Airport, Nashville International Airport for Bonnaroo, Riverside Art Museum, Westfield Horton Plaza and UTC in San Diego, City of Pasadena, City of Vista, City of Solana Beach, Las Vegas Arts and Culture Commission, Amelia Island (FL) Travel Commission, and Atlanta Beltline Project. Phillips has received awards from the California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has been an educator in the public schools for over 17 years.


Opening Reception

Saturday | May 5, 2018
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, JFG Exhibit Hall
RSVP required | $5.00 entrance fee (includes JFG admission)
Day of entrance fee: $15.00 at JFG front gate

Exhibit and opening reception inquiries can be sent to Emiko Scudder at (619) 232-2784 or registrar@niwa.org.