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Yoshi Kitai

Visiting Assistant Professor, PNCA, Printmaking

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

Art Building 302
900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301


  • MFA 2004 Washington University in St. Louis School of Art (Printmaking & Drawing)
  • BFA 2002 PNCA (Printmaking)
  • General Certificate 1999 Pierce College


Yoshihiro Kitai was born in 1969 in Osaka, Japan and moved to the United States in 1995. He studied and focused on ceramics before coming to the U.S. He received his BFA degree in Printmaking from PNCA in 2002 and his MFA in Printmaking/Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. In his prints, Kitai mixes a Western style of abstraction and a Japanese style of metal leafing, conceptually focusing on his perspective as a foreigner in the United States. Kitai is represented by Froelick Gallery in Portland, Oregon. His works are in several public and private collections, including Oregon Health and Science University, the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center at the Portland Art Museum, Hallie Ford Museum of Art and Pierce College in Tacoma, Washington. Kitai’s art has been reviewed in several publications including: Willamette Week, Portland Mercury, and Art Ltd magazine. Kitai is associate professor, and Printmaking Department Head.

Willamette University

Studio Art

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6738 fax