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Message from the President

When time allows, I make it a practice to take a walk early in the morning. On a fine day, when I look at the eastern heavens, the first light of the day tinted in a light-purple color overlays the vermillion sky at dawn as if I were appreciating a painting by Monet. Looking up directly above my head, I see the gradation from pale vermillion to light blue spreading as if I were looking upon the very sky admired by Hokusai and Hiroshige 200 years ago. To the west, the glossy indigo shows the clear and graceful moon, reminiscent of a snow specter in white kimono in old tales. The early-morning moon has the beauty of a soul on the brink of vanishment, a vague, subtle and profound (yūgen / 幽玄) beauty which I am unable to express in words. "Gen (玄)" of "yūgen" is common to "gen" of "gentō (玄冬, a poetic name for winter)," a suggestive color said to be attained by blending "sei (青, blue)" of "seishun (青春, a poetic name for spring)," "shu (朱, vermillion)" of "shuka (朱夏, a poetic name for summer)," and "haku (白, white)" of "hakushu (白秋, a poetic name for autumn)" all together. Being fascinated by such morning scenes, I share the feeling of Monet, while strolling and rubbing my drowsy eyes.

Since the dawn of time, the Japanese people have loved and respected the moon in various scenes. Maybe this is why there are apparently nearly 200 terms for the moon in the Japanese language. By the way, why is the moon so beautiful? Perhaps not all living things feel the moon to be beautiful. Only to those living things having a sensitivity to beauty does the moon look beautiful. The heart that feels beauty makes the moon beautiful. The heart that feels beauty is unique to humans, not found in the wild. This is where human dignity and nobility lie.

Sensitivity to the beauty of melody, sensitivity to the depth of taste, sensitivity to the high and noble fragrance of flowers ... The sensitive mind enriches our daily life. Art, based on sensitivity, can convey that which cannot be described using even a thousand words. Setting material affluence aside, and aiming at true wealth, Aichi University of the Arts (AUA) delivers messages, which cannot be sufficiently expressed in words alone, through music and the fine arts.

Concurrently, AUA has a duty as a lighthouse for arts. Various ships traverse the open sea of art, confirm their present location and chart a course by referring to the beacon light from the lighthouse. Some ships may sail east, some may sail west, some may soar up into the sky or dive in deep water. There is no correct and exact answer in art; as many new different forms of art may be born as the number of aspiring artists. AUA watches over the birth of new art as it is.

While aiming to nurture art of the highest international standard, AUA is expected to continue with its efforts to broaden the base for the arts and increase the number of art fans. To meet this requirement, AUA must promote artistic exchange and collaboration with various different fields. When art is nurtured to be the best and utilized for society, the stimulus of utilization deepens art in one aspect. Although new stimuli, like a double-edged sword, are also accompanied by pain, but such is the nature of creation. Just as this is the case in all healthy activities of society, art is no exception. Art is an ongoing adventure; where there are no new ideas, there are no fresh and attractive musical performances or artworks. Let us have the encourage to knock on new doors and accept new challenges.

Akira SHIRAKI

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Name

Akira SHIRAKI

Profile

Graphic Designer

Born in 1954 in Mie Prefecture. Graduated from the Faculty of Art, Aichi University of the Arts in 1979.Entered GK Industrial Design Institute in 1979. Became an assistant at Aichi University of the Arts in 1983, a lecturer in 1992, associate professor in 1997, professor in 2007, and Dean of Faculty of Art and Graduate School of Fine Arts in 2015. Became the 10th president of Aichi University of the Arts in 2018.

Creation

World Design Exposition 1989 Pictogram Design

Linimo Graphic Design (Aichi Rapid Transit Co.,Ltd.)

Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum Symbol Design  etc.

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Linimo Graphic Design

president_shiraki_gallery03.jpg National Sports Festival in Aichi
president_shiraki_gallery04.jpg Poster of "I Love Music."

List of Successive Presidents

First President UENO, Naoteru April 1, 1966 to June 3, 1972
Second President KOZUKA, Shinichiro June 4, 1972 to Sptember 5, 1977
Third President TOYOOKA, Masuto December 1, 1977 to November 30, 1983
Fourth President KONO, Takashi December 1, 1983 to November 30, 1989
Fifth President TATEHATA, Yoshikado December 1, 1989 to November 30, 1995
Sixth President KAWAKAMI, Makoto December 1, 1995 to March 31, 2001
Seventh President SHIMADA, Shozo April 1, 2001 to March 31, 2007
Eighth President ISOMI, Teruo April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2013
Nineth President MATSUMURA, Koji April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018
Tenth President SHIRAKI, Akira April 1, 2018 to present