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The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays (Private Event)

December 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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Please join
Takashi Shinozuka, Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta
for a special award ceremony

Dr. Donald A. Wood

Friday, December 15
5:30 – 7pm
Remarks at 6pm
Birmingham Museum of Art
Cocktail Attire
By Invitation


The Government of Japan recently awarded Dr. Donald A. Wood one of the most prestigious honors in the world of culture, The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays. This esteemed award was made in recognition of Dr. Wood’s significant contributions to cultural exchange and his dedication to the promotion of Japanese arts. On Friday, December 15, Takashi Shinozuka, Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, will host an award ceremony and reception at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

During his illustrious forty-year career, Dr. Wood has distinguished himself as a prominent historian of Asian art, publishing extensively on subjects that range from Japanese calligraphy, porcelains, gardens, and other cultural topics. As Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art for more than thirty years, he has organized countless acclaimed exhibitions of Japanese art. Along with the groundbreaking exhibition Kamisaka Sekka: Rimpa Master – Pioneer of Modern Design, which he curated in collaboration with the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Dr. Wood has also introduced numerous exhibitions featuring Japanese modern design elements, traditional woodblock prints, stoneware, ikebana, and samurai material to the American public.

In addition, Dr. Wood is credited with acquiring and maintaining an exceptional array of Japanese cultural works for the permanent collection at the Birmingham Museum of Art. His wealth of knowledge and experience steeped in Asian Art results in him attending various lectures and forums as a guest speaker and serving as a consultant for other museums promoting Japanese culture to the public.


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