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Norie Sato is an artist living in Seattle. Her artwork for public contexts is derived from site and context-driven ideas. Her practice also includes works for galleries, museums and other installations. She strives to add meaning and human touch to the built environment and considers edges, transitions, and connections as important as the center. Her projects are located around the country, including for the San Diego International Airport Reflection Room; San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2; Arabian Library and McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center, both in Scottsdale; Miami International Airport; the Seattle Justice Center; Iowa State University's Hach Chemistry Building; Salt Lake City Light Rail; the new Port of Portland Headquarters; and University of Wisconsin/Madison's new Biochemistry Building, Current projects include mosaics for Ft. Worth's new Chisholm Trail Parkway and an artwork for the Union St. East-West Connector for Seattle's waterfront. She works in sculpture and 2-dimensional work, and in various media including glass, metal, terrazzo floors, integrated design work, landscape, video and light. She is a former member of the Public Art Network Council and former commissioner of the Seattle Design Commission


In ProgressMarston Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
In ProgressCary Old Elementary School/New Community Arts Center (collaborative with Jim Hirschfield & Sonya Ishii), Cary, NC
In ProgressUnion Street East-West Connector, Seattle, WA
2007-2015Fort Worth Chisholm Trail Parkway,Fort Worth, TX
2012-2015San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, San Ysidro, CA
2011-2014San Diego International Airport Reflection Room, San Diego CA
2008-2012Biochemistry Building, University of Wisconsin/Madison
2008-2011Atlantic/Central Base Employee Services Bldg., Seattle, WA
2008-2011Hach Chemistry Building, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
2009-2011San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2, San Francisco, CA
2010The University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory, Iowa City, IA
2007-2010South Charlotte Improvement District II at the Charlotte Trolley Museum, Charlotte, NC
2008-2010Port of Portland Headquarters Building, Portland, OR
1998-2009StART "System Artist" for light rail, Sound Transit (regional transit), Seattle WA, including system-wide projects for OCS Poles, tactile wayfinding, and a plaza.
2002-2009Valley Metro Rail, Phoenix/Tempe, AZ, design team/station artist with Bill Will
2008Salt Lake City Intermodal Transit Hub, exterior artwork, Salt Lake City, UT
1998-2007San Diego Hilton Bayfront, San Diego, CA, light wall artworks
1998-2007Miami International Airport, South Terminal Expansion, Large Windows and terrazzo floor
2003-2006Arabian Library, exterior & interior artworkScottsdale AZ
2004-2006McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center, exterior artwork, Scottsdale AZ
2003-2005Port of Seattle Police Department Headquarters lobby at Seattle Tacoma International Airport, Seattle WA, interior artwork
2003-2005Iowa State Labs, Ankeny Iowa, interior artwork
2005City Hall, Federal Way, WA, interior artwork
2005Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Chapman University, Orange CA
2000-2002Seattle Justice Center, Artist Team w/ Pam Beyette, Michael Davis, Richard Turner: Courts Lobby, Courts Stairwell, and Police Lobby
2000-2002Univ. of WA Bothell/Cascadia Community College Campus, exterior artwork
1997-2000Palmer Human Development and Family Studies Building, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, with RDG Bussard/Dikis, Architects, interior water wall, terrazzo floor
1996-2000Miami International Airport, Terminal-wide Refurbishment, collaborative with Brad Goldberg and Garrison Roots, Miami, FL
1998-2000Gallivan Center and Courthouse Stations, Light Rail UTA TRAX, Salt Lake City, UT
1995-1999North Creek Diverson Project: Bothell, WA. King County/METRO Sewer Pump Station artwork: 1995- 1999. Exterior Sculptural Copper Drain
1992-1998Portland (OR) Westside MAX Light Rail Artist Design Team, 1992-1998. Artwork integrated into the west side expansion stations (11 stations): architecture, landscaping and siting, park & ride lots. Collaboration with architects, landscape architects, engineers and five member artist team( with Tad Savinar, Richard Turner, Mierle L. Ukeles, Bill Will).
1996-1998Biochemistry Building, Terrazzo Floor. University of Wisconsin/Madison
1996-1998International District Village Square, Seattle. Non-profit mixed-use community facility. Exterior plaza benches and paving, donor recognition, with Stuart Nakamura, Hai Ying Wu
1995-1998Portland (OR) City Hall Renovation: Collaborative artwork with Tad Savinar & Bill Will: "Brief Cases", interior wall work of cast bronze and stainless steel plates in a major public area of the renovated historic structure.
1994-1995Spokane Community College: wall installation, "Double Dream Book" Spokane, WA
1991-1992Seattle Tacoma International Airport Concourse Renovation, "Wings of Transmission", Permanent Sculptural installation
1991-1993Dallas Convention Center Expansion, Artist Design Team.. Collaborative project with William J. Maxwell, Garrison Roots, Philip Lamb: Terrazzo floor(1100,000 sq. feet)
1990-1991In Public: Seattle 1991", Seattle Arts Commission Art in Public Places Program, temporary installation on waterfront of Seattle, 1990/91
1988-1990Clark College, Vancouver WA. Site-directed architectural floor-to-skylight glass work. Washington State Arts Commission Percent for Art Program.
1988Washington State University, Glenn Terrell Friendship Mall and Central Campus Master Plan competition. One of 3 finalist Design Teams (Jim Hirschfield and Kazuyuki Murata, collaborators)., Washington State Arts Commission Percent Project
1989Pacific First Centre, Seattle, site specific sculpture in etched glass, televisions and neon
1985The King County Courthouse (King County Arts Commission) Large Video Photographs
1982Rainier Square Atrium, temporary video installation, the Seattle Arts Commission


2006-2007Romare Bearden Park Art Master Plan, Charlotte, NC
2002-2003Seattle International Airport: Pooled Funds Art Master Plan
2002Boise (Idaho) Pioneer Corridor Plan, Urban Design & ArtSchematic/Master Plan, incorporating housing, zoning/use, landscape, art, with Walker/Macy
1997Bellevue, WA: Historic Interpretive Markers Master Plan, with Carolyn Law
1996Central Park Trail Art Plan for an urban walking trail through one of SeattleĀ’s oldest and diverse neighborhoods.
1995Alki/Duwamish Corridor Schematic Design: member of schematic design team for this waterfront & partially industrial corridor in West Seattle. Commissioned by City of Seattle (Dept. of Neighborhoods), with state Dept. of Natural Resources and Port of Seattle funding. Team with MAKERS (Urban planning/architecture firm)
1992-1993Site Standards for Seattle Center, Design Team Member, responsibility for the Art Plan for Seattle Center, Seattle's premier urban park and cultural center.
1990Denver International Airport, Art Program Master Plan/Artist Design and Planning Team


2002"OMOI-DE" Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, June 6-27
2001"PAUSE" video installation collaborative with Heather Dew Oaksen, Suyama Space, Seattle, November 9-Jan. 4, 2002.
2000"NORIE SATO", Alcott Gallery, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Feb. 18-Mar. 9
1997"RECENT WORK", Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Nov. 5-30
1995"MACHINE MEMORY", Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle June 1-July 2
1994"GHOST MOVEMENTS", Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR, April 7-30
1993"TRANSFORMATIONS AND GHOSTS", Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle Jan. 21-Feb. 28
1991"NORIE SATO", Index Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver WA, Feb.11-28
"RECENT WORK",Washington State Capital Museum. Olympia WA Sept. 21-Dec.1
"NEW WORK", Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR, Nov. 7-30
1990"WINGS OF TRANSMISSION". Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, March 1-April 1
1989"NEW WORK", Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR. June 1-30
1987"INCIDENTS OF INTERFERENCE", Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, Oct. 8-Nov. 1
"INCIDENTS OF INTERFERENCE II," Reed College Gallery, Portland, Nov 15-Dec.20
1986"MEMORY ZONES"works on paper and glass, Linda Farris Gallery,Seattle. Jan 9-Feb 2.
1984"VIRTUAL IMAGING", DOCUMENTS NORTHWEST: NORIE SATO, Seattle Art Museum, Sept. 20-Oct. 21.
"PHOSPHOR THEATER: INTERFERENCE DISPLAY", Video Installation, Vancouver Art Gallery, B.C. April 27-May 27.
1983"PERIPHERAL VISION" solo show, Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, Feb. 24-March 11.
1981LINDA FARRIS GALLERY, Seattle: "Image Decay", June 18-July 14.
1980MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, N.Y.: "Video Viewpoints" lecture


2013"Chamber Music", Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA Feb. 8-May 5
2010"Show of Hands" Northwest Women Artists 1880-2010, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham WA , April 24-Aug. 8,
2006Catherine Person Gallery, Seattle, 3-person exhibition, April 6-29
2003"Art and Justice", (art about the Seattle Justice Center), CitySpace, Seattle Jan.31-April 11
1998"Betty Bowen Award 20th Anniversary", Wa State Convention Center, Sept. 30-Jan. 3, 1999
1996Meyerson and Nowinski Gallery, Seattle, October 1-31
1994"ON TRACK", Art on the Westside Light Rail Project, Marylhurst Art Gym, Portland
1993"WASHINGTON VOICES IN CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE", Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue WA Jan. 22-March 21
1990"OFFICIAL LANGUAGE", San Francisco Art Institute, 10/11-11/17
1989"COMPUTERS AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS" University of Oregon, Visual Arts Resources, Eugene. Travels to various locations.
1988"HOME SHOW", Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, CA. Sept. 10-Oct. 9
1987"15TH AVENUE STUDIO II: The Mechanics of Contemplation", Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, video installation, Aug. 3-Oct. 4
198513TH NORTHWEST FILM/VIDEO FESTIVAL, Award. Northwest Film/Study Center, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.
1984"VIDEO: A RETROSPECTIVE (Part II, West Coast Focus),Long Beach Museum of Art Long Beach CA, Nov. 25-Dec. 23)
1983"IMPRESSIONS I: EXPERIMENTAL PRINTS". Institute of Contemporary Art of theVirginia Museum, Richmond, VA. 10-person exhibition. Nov. 30-Jan 15
1984"EMERGENCE OF VIDEO ART", Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, N.Y.
1981SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NY: "19 Artists--Emergent Americans" 2-d work and video, Jan. 30 - April 5, catalog by Peter Frank.
TOKYO VIDEO FESTIVAL, Japan. Award for videotape. December
NORTHWEST FILM/VIDEO FESTIVAL, Northwest Film/Video Center, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, Award for videotape. Aug. (Gene Youngblood, juror)
1980"NEW YORK, SEATTLE, LOS ANGELES", videotape exhibition organized by the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y., and traveling to Europe, Japan and the U.S.
1979MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, N.Y. "Projects: Video XXIV" videotapes, February.
1978BROOKLYN MUSEUM, N.Y.: "8 West Coast Printmakers", May
1976BROOKLYN MUSEUM, N.Y.: "30 Years of American Printmaking/20th National Print Exhibition", November-January 1977. Catalogue by Gene Baro.
and/or, Seattle: "3 Video Installations" group video show


2014Governor's Arts and Heritage Individual Artist Award, The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) and Governor Jay Inslee, Seattle, WA
2014Public Art Network Leadership Award, Americans for the Arts, Nashville, Tennessee Conference
2013Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Achievement, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA
2012YEAR IN REVIEW, 2012, Air Over Under, San Francisco International Airport, Public Art Network Recognition
2010YEAR IN REVIEW, 2010, Spirit of Inquiry (with Bill Will) at Valley Metro Rail Rural/University Station, Tempe, AZ, Public Art Network Regonition
2010American Institute of Architects Seattle Chapter, Honorary Membership, 2010
2008Artist Images, Univ. of Washington Libraries, 2008
2007VALLEY FORWARD CRESCORDIA AWARD 2007, Environmental Excellence/Art in Public Places category: Cactus Mirage, McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center, Scottsdale, AZ
2008YEAR IN REVIEW, 2008, Ghost Palms, MIA and Cactus Mirage, Scottsdale, Public Art Network, Americans for the Arts
2007YEAR IN REVIEW, 2007, Safety Spires (with Dan Corson), Public Art Network, Americans for the Arts
YEAR?GOLDEN TROWEL (1st Place in terrazzo), National Masonry Institute, Wisconsin Chapter, for Biochemistry Bldg, Univ. of Wisconsin
2009,1999,1994HONOR AWARD and Special Award, National Terrazzo and Marble Assoc., 2009, Miami International Airport; 1999, for the Biochemistry Bldg. and International District Village Square projects; Dallas Convention Center, 1994.
1989/90WASHINGTON STATE ARTS COMMISSION, Artist Fellowship in video, 1989/90
1983BETTY BOWEN MEMORIAL ART AWARD, Seattle Art Museum, 1983
1981,1979NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS: Artist's Fellowships, 1981, 1979.
1987NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS: Art in Public Places Planning Grant for Artists, research involving incorporation of electronic arts in public spaces, 1987