​Naomi Sawada

Naomi Sawada is the Manager of Public Programs at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She holds a BA (Anthropology 1995) and Diploma (Art History 1996) from UBC. She has assisted in the research of exhibitions and programs at Science World British Columbia in Vancouver (1986-1991) and at the UBC Museum of Anthropology (1991-1995). As a co-curator of exhibitions and curator of programs, she helped to develop the mandate and operating policies at the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby, BC (1995-2000). With John O’Brian and Scott Watson, she co-edited All Amazed: for Roy Kiyooka (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and the Vancouver Art Forum Society, 2002), and, with Scott Watson and Jana Tyner, co-edited Thrown: British Columbia’s Apprentices of Bernard Leach and Their Contemporaries (Vancouver: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2011). Thrown was a finalist for the 2012 Roderick Haig Brown Regional BC Book Prize. She served on the Board of Directors of 221A and, since 2014, has served on the Board of Directors of the Asian Canadian Studies Society. She joined the Board of the NWCF in 2015. ​