Chiyo Ishikawa

Chiyo Ishikawa

Class

CCL Class of 2010

Institution

Seattle Art Museum

Title

Susan Brotman Deputy Director for Art and Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture

Institution at time of Fellowship

Seattle Art Museum

Mentor

Kimerly Rorschach, Seattle Art Museum

Chiyo Ishikawa works with Director Kimerly Rorschach to plan SAM’s artistic program, overseeing the Curatorial, Conservation, and Museum Services Division. Dr. Ishikawa joined SAM in 1990 after serving as an NEA curatorial intern in the Department of European Painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and in the Department of Paintings Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where she was also a Theodore Rousseau Fellow. She has a Ph.D. in art history from Bryn Mawr College (1989). Her 2004 book on a work of art from the Spanish royal collection, The Retablo of Isabel la Católica by Juan de Flandes and Michel Sittow (Brepols), won the Eleanor Tufts Book Award from the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies.

Among exhibitions Ishikawa has curated are Spain in the Age of Exploration 1492-1819; Renaissance Art in Focus: Neri di Bicci and Devotional Painting in Italy; and Leonardo Lives: The Codex Leicester and Leonardo da Vinci’s Legacy of Art and Science. She was local curator for Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris; Gauguin & Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise; Rembrandt, Van Dyck & Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London; and The Gates of Paradise: Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Renaissance Masterpiece, among many other shows.

Ishikawa’s 2004 book on a work of art from the Spanish royal collection, The Retablo of Isabel la Católica by Juan de Flandes and Michel Sittow (Brepols), won the Eleanor Tufts Book Award from the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies. She was awarded the Spanish Order of Isabel la Católica in 2004 for her work on Spain in the Age of Exploration 1492-1819. She participated in the Center for Curatorial Leadership program in 2010.