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Art Exhibition: Japan: A Visual Journey


Tuesday, April 11, 2017 – Friday, May 5, 2017

Main Campus—Black Hawk Hall Upper Level

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The exhibition will be open Monday–Thursday 7:00am–8:00pm and Friday 7:00am–5:00pm.

Gallery Talk

Tuesday, April 17 at 1:00pm

About the Exhibit

Japan: A Visual Journey, exhibited at Hawkeye Community College, is Naomi McCormick’s, first one-woman show. Her paintings and drawings were inspired by her 2016 one-month trip to Japan with her husband and by a lifetime of friendships with people of Japanese heritage. Her paintings and drawings depict simultaneously the warmth and hospitality of the Japanese people and Japan’s preservation of a rich historical, spiritual and aesthetic heritage in the 21st century. She dedicates her exhibit to the memory of Professor Charles Nakamura, her kind and wise major professor at the University of Los Angeles, California (UCLA) where she earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1976.

About the Artist

 Dr. Naomi McCormick has been a licensed clinical psychologist for 37 years. Dr. McCormick earned her doctorate at UCLA, after which she was a distinguished teaching professor at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh for 20 years. Dr. McCormick was the 25th President of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and had been a fellow of both the Society and the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. McCormick has published over 80 articles and chapters and three books. Instrumental in establishing a behavioral medicine program at Allen Memorial Hospital between 1997 and 2000, she was a practicing psychologist and CEO of Clinical Health Psychologists in Waterloo between 2001 and 2015.

Naomi McCormick took classes at the junior school of the Art Institute in Chicago during childhood and adolescence. Her late father was a talented amateur ceramicist. Dr. McCormick drew all her life but hadn’t painted for decades until taking classes with Kim Behm and Jennifer Bates at Hawkeye Community College. Her oil painting, Reactive Self, was exhibited, December 1, 2015 through February 7, 2016, at the Cedar Valley Biennial Student Art at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. A second psychologically-themed oil painting, Archetypes, was exhibited April 7, 2015 through May 6, 2016 at the 17th annual Hawkeye Student Exhibition, where it received the Grandy/ Ashwood Social Science Award. The exhibit, Japan: A Visual Journey, at Hawkeye Community College, is McCormick’s first one-woman show.


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