‘Shigeo Fukuda and His Circle’ Opens at Colorado State’s International Invitational Poster Exhibition Satellite Oct. 1

Acclaimed Japanese graphic artist, Shigeo Fukuda will be the focus of an exhibit that will run in Colorado State University’s Morgan Library’s First National Bank Gallery Oct. 1- Nov. 9. A satellite show of the 16th biennial Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition, the exhibit will feature seven Fukuda posters, as well as another 11 posters from his contemporaries, Maskazo Tanabe, Shuzo Kato, Kazumasa Nagai and Yoshiteru Asai.

Guest speakers will be introducing Fukuda and his work at the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 1at Morgan Library’s First National Bank Gallery. The opening reception, hosted by Friends of Colorado State University Libraries, is free and open to the public.

Known for his cutting antiwar and environmental advocacy posters, Fukuda died in January 2009. The exhibit is designed as a tribute to the influential Japanese graphic designer who was an expert at communicating messages with minimal graphics. Fukuda won a major prize in the first CIIPE in 1979 and was the honor laureate exhibitor in 1981 and juror in 1983. Fukuda’s frequent presence in Fort Collins in those early years was pivotal in gaining international recognition for CIIPE.

The public can view the International Poster Collection held by CSU’s Archives and Special Collections in the Morgan Library. It contains nearly 2,000 posters from past CIIPE shows, including 20 by Fukuda. The International Poster Collection can be viewed online at lib.colostate.edu/posters/.

The Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition is hosted by the Department of Art in the School of the Arts at CSU. The biennial event is the only exhibition of its kind in the United States. The main exhibit runs Oct. 2-Dec. 22 at the University Art Museum.

This satellite CIIPE exhibit is hosted by Colorado State University Libraries and Friends of Colorado State University Libraries. For more information, visit lib.colostate.edu/about/news/.

For more information about the opening reception, contact Jane Barber at (970) 491-5712 or jane.barber@colostate.edu.