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"Chiura Obata"                                                                          Photographed by g. Paul Bishop, '54
 No. 6                                                                                                             1954-2018 GPB-P


Chiura Obata
1885 - 1975

Professor of Art


Prof. Chiura Obata Soon to RetireFrom
Faculty of UC


Former students, faculty colleagues and other friends of Prof. Chiura Obata, associate professor of art at the University of California, will honor the distinguished Japanese artist at a dinner Sunday at the Yamato Sukiyaki House in San Francisco. It is a farewell to the graying, 68-year-old artist, who will retire at the end of the academic year.

A prolific and versatile artist, Obata is widely known both in this country where [he] has lived for half a century and in his native Japan. He has been a member of the University faculty for 21 years with the exception during World War II when he was evacuated with other Japanese to camps of the War Relocation Authority. In addition to being professor of art, Obata is curator of the William Dallam Arnes Collection of Japanese Prints.

Sunday's dinner, in the nature of a testimonial, will be attended by 160 friends including Erie Loran, chairman of the University of California Art Department, and prominent members of the Japanese-American colony. Prof. Stephen Pepper, one of those active in planning the affair, will serve as master of ceremonies. In addition to Prof. Pepper, others instrumental in arranging the affair include Merle Weidmen and Doris Heinz of San Francisco, former pupils: and William F. Calkin, a friend.

Time to coincide with Obata's retirement Paul Bishop, noted portrait photographer, has arranged for a showing of the artist's watercolors at the Bishop studio, 2125 Durant Ave., for Sunday, May 31, [1953], from 2 to 5 p.m. At this time friends and admirers of the Japanese artist will have an opportunity to greet him and view his latest work.


_____. "Prof. Chiura Obata Soon to Retire From Faculty of UC." Berkeley
     Berkeley Daily Gazette. (21 May 1953), p.10.



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