“Floating Worlds” On Display At University Library

MADISON—The public is invited to an opening reception to view the work of Minako Ota, a New Jersey-based artist, at the Library on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, in Madison, on Sunday, Sept. 13, between 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Ota will offer commentaries at 4 p.m. The title of the exhibition, “Floating Worlds” is the English translation of “Ukiyo-e,” in traditional Japanese art, the ephemeral beauty and pleasure into which the viewer is transported.


“Ms. Ota paints canvasses with an unusual fusion of East and West influences to create a modern version of the floating world,” comments Eleanor Friedl, the curator of this exhibition.

Born in Japan, Ota studied traditional Japanese painting at Tama Art University, Tokyo, from 1983 to 1986, and then studied painting conservation at the University of Cambridge. After graduation she worked in the field of conservation until she moved to Moscow in 2007, where she started painting again and exhibited her work.

The public may view the paintings following the exhibit’s opening, during library hours, which are 8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday; and 2 – 10 p.m. Sunday. There is no admission charge for the reception or viewing.

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