Anderson Japanese Gardens hosting lecture

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Doctor Helen Nagata will be visiting Anderson Japanese Gardens Thursday, April 16 to give a presentation titled, “Katsura Imperial Villa: Experiencing Nature with the Heart.”

The discussion starts at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Japanese Gardens’ Visitor Center.

The Katsura Imperial Villa is located in the western outskirts of Kyoto and is one of the most revered Japanese imperial villas still in existence from the seventeenth century.

Dr. Nagata’s discussion will center around the garden’s design and architectural structures.

She will also discuss the aesthetic experience of nature while introducing fundamental aspects of the Villa’s function and composition.

Helen Nagata is an Associate Professor of Art History specializing in East Asian art at Northern Illinois University (NIU).

At NIU she has curated exhibitions while continuing research and publications on Japanese paintings and prints of the Edo period (17-19th centuries).

She holds degrees from Stanford University (Ph.D. Japanese Art History) and the University of California at Berkley (BA’s in Art History, Practice of Art with Honors, English Literature; MA in art history) and studied at Gakushūin University in Tokyo, and Usaka University School of Foreign Studies.

She has served as curator of Asian and Ethnographic Art at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design and trained in East Asian art conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

All lectures are free for Anderson Japanese Garden members and are only $5 for non-members.

Reservations are requested and can be made by visiting

For more information contact Sara at 815.316.3307.



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