Northcutt Steele Gallery

Nishiki Sugawara-Beda

Word Terminal

September 7–October 13

Artist Reception & Gallery Talk: Thurs. Sept. 29, 5–7pm
(Talk begins at 6pm)

*Catered, Free, and Open to Public*
1st Floor, Liberal Arts Building, MSUB Campus



Word Terminal is a group of sensitively-layered mixed-media paintings and delicately-arranged paper sculptural installations by Idaho-based artist Nishiki Sugawara-Beda. Collectively, these works reflect upon the intimate, complex relationships between written language and visual image.

Informed by personal experiences and experimentation with the traditional materials and forms of Japanese calligraphy, Sumi-e (Japanese ink painting), and printed seals, Sugawara-Beda’s exhibition offers a cross-cultural invitation to explore the intellectual and embodied dimensions of reading text and image. 

Nishiki Sugawara-Beda immigrated from Japan to the US as a young adult and has exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally. She received a BA from Portland State University and MFA in Painting from Indiana University (2010). She is currently Assistant Professor of Art at University of Idaho. 


Sugawara-Beda's exhibition is supported by Idaho Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.


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The Northcutt Steele Gallery is located on the 1st floor of the Liberal Arts Building on MSUB campus. The gallery is open Monday – Friday from 8am-4pm, and by appointment.

For media inquiries and images contact Dr. Leanne Gilbertson, Director of Northcutt Steele Gallery,  /; (406) 657-2903.


Nishiki Sugawara-Beda, Inaugural II, Sumi ink and acrylic on paper mounted on wood, 22 x 30 in., 2016. © Nishiki Sugawara-Beda.




Nishiki Sugawara-Beda, detail of Kotodama Converse, rice paper, calligraphy Chinese ink, mesh wire, fishing line, dimensions variable, 2015. © Nishiki Sugawara-Beda.


The suspended paper sculptural installation in the exhibition, Kotodama Converse (detail above), takes the domed form of a group of floating, printed Mobius strips into which the viewer physically enters, figuratively completing the artwork by moving through it. Sugawara-Beda views the installation as an artwork in its own right while also providing a contemplative entrance point for viewing the subtleties of her calligraphic and Sumi-e inspired paintings.