Maiko Sugano makes art to express gratitude and respect for nature. She combines wood, steel and stone for outdoor sculptures, using the techniques of traditional Japanese woodworking for the structure and the shape. Her aim is to mix contemporary art with Japanese traditional aesthetics to lead people to engage with nature in a new way. Born in Tokyo in 1974, Sugano graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts (formerly the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music) in 1997. After working for a design firm, she embarked on a round-the-globe trip, and ended up living in San Francisco in 2000. In 2004 she completed her M.F.A. at California College of the Arts. In 2009, she received a grant through the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists, offered by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, to research art and art environments at the MARTa Herford Museum in Germany. In 2014 she completed her Ph.D. in fine art at the Tokyo University of the Arts. She currently teaches at the Graduate Institute of Applied Arts at Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan. For more information about the artist, visit https://www.maikosugano.com/. To attend the Zoom lecture, visit https://smu.zoom.us/j/95801605458.