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Endangered Animal Public Art Sculpture - Eastern Fox Squirrel
Eastern Fox Squirrel Sculptures by Tamao Nakayama / Photo by Craig Garrett

The Endangered Animals Project, an expansion of Alphabet Animals 2024,  adding 10 NEW sculptures along the Connecticut Ave. NW corridor between Woodley Park and Cleveland Park. The project combines an educational component with aesthetic excellence, as well as celebrating our local artists. By adding ten more sculptures, we hope to continue to create more vibrant communities through the arts in Washington, DC. Through the CHAW-Cleveland Park Main Street-Woodley Park Main Street Partnership, this expansion of the project will provide artistic touchpoints for local businesses as well as residents, further strengthening the connection of creativity with a flourishing neighborhood. The Alphabet Animals encourage residents, business owners, artists, makers, and passersby to explore the inter-connectivity of community through the entry point of unexpected encounters with high-quality art in public spaces–and this new expansion to Endangered Animals adds an important new focus on protecting the wild and wonderful world around us.

Past News

Public Art, OmniRide & KPWB Bus Stop Beautification Project on June 29th, 2023

I designed another bus shelter! It just got installed. 

It is located on Old Triangle Rd at Steele Ct, Dumfries, VA.
On Thursday, June 29, 2023, Keep Prince William Beautiful (KPWB), together with the Town of Dumfries and OmniRide, hosted the unveiling of the Dumfries Bus Shelter Beautification Project. This project has transformed designated bus shelters in the Town into canvases of public art designed by local artists. It includes a litter removal program and is intended to improve the community and ridership experience.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and Tenleytown Main Street Public Art on November 4th, 2022

Tamao Nakayama created vividly colored panels to celebrate the healthy and active community that has grown up around Tenleytown. Thin lines and bold changes in color put the people in motion. Tamao’s artwork represents a vibrant town that is made for and supported by people of all ages and cultures.
Thanks to all the people who made the project come alive. I’m very happy to be part of the project Art In Motion!

Public Art, OmniRide & KPWB Bus Stop Beautification Project on August 24th, 2022

My first public art was just installed. It’s really exciting to see the bus station. I was very happy to be involved in OmniRide & KPWB Bus Stop Beautification Project. The bus shelter I designed is on Old Bridge Rd. and Antietam (across from Woodbridge High School), so I wanted to design something colorful and joyful for kids. I made this artwork, “Seven Animals On A Path To The River”, with the idea of promoting the beauty of Virginia’s wildlife. I hid small animals in the colorful forest, so people can have fun finding them. I hope my work enhances people’s everyday lives and raises public awareness about environmental stewardship.

Press Release: Fox 5 DC, Prince William Living

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Podcast Interview Aired On June 23rd, 2022

I had an opportunity to talk about my artwork and my biography. It was quite an experience. My hands are still sweating with nervousness. “Oh, how brave am I to take an interview in English!?” Although during the interview my brain was working super hard, so smoke almost came out from my ears, evidently on the podcast my mouth was moving much slower than I thought it was. However, because of my slow snail talk, every word I said was very true. I can not say enough thank you to The Truth In This Art and the host, Rob Lee, to be so awesome. They made the interview comfortable and welcoming for me. The Truth In This Art is documenting and supporting the vibrancy and development of arts and culture. Visit their website and enjoy their podcast!

The Open Space Arts at Stonebridge

Selected Group Exhibition

The Open Space Arts Gallery
15000 Potomac Town Center, Woodbridge, VA
April 2nd – April 30th/2022, and May 4th – May 29th/2022
Reception: Thursday, April 21st, 4pm
Juror(s): Prince William Art Society Committee

Target Gallery In Torpedo Factory Art Center
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Selected Group Exhibition “Hypothese

Target Gallery
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St. Alexandria, VA 22314
September 11 – October 31/2021
Reception: Friday, October 8, 7pm
Juror: Sue Wrbican 

Summary: This exhibition is all about the process of intellectual experimentation and/or the exploration of new ideas and techniques in an artist’s practice. The goal of this theme is to create a dialogue of work in conversation with each other about embarking outside one’s traditional boundaries of understanding. Whether it be based in cerebral or scientific research or experimenting with a new technique or conceptual idea, each work in the exhibition will embody this concept of questioning and discovery.