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 Miki McCrossen Hayakawa  (1899 - 1953)

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Lived/Active: California/New Mexico / Japan/Mexico      Known for: figurative, still life and landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Miki Hayakawa was a painter in California and New Mexico of portraits and still lifes and was much influenced by the work of French artist Paul Cezanne.

Born in Memuro, Hokkaido, Japan, she was the daughter of a Japanese Consul.  In 1908 she arrived with her mother, Chiyo Hayakawa, to the San Francisco Bay area where they joined the father, Man Hayakawa.  She defied the wishes and traditions of her father, a pastor, and left home as a teen-ager to become an artist.  Earning scholarships, she received her formal art training at the California School of Fine Arts, where she won honorable mentions, and the California College of Arts and Crafts in Berkeley.

She lived in the Bay Area---Alameda, San Francisco---until the late 1930s and then moved south to Pacific Grove and Monterey, and in 1942 to Stockton.  She became very involved in California during the 1920s and 30s, exhibiting and earning awards for her work.  Memberships included the San Francisco Art Association and San Francisco Women Artists.

During WWII and after Pearl Harbor, the government relocated Hayakawa's family to internment camps, first at Tanforan Assembly Center in San Francisco and then on September 17, 1942 to Topaz, Utah where they remained until their release on October 19, 1945.  Miki was not in a relocation camp.   By March, 1942, she was in Stockton, California, and in July and September of that year was in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she settled.   Her parents returned to San Francisco after their release from Topaz in 1945.

In Santa Fe in 1947, Miki married Preston McCrossan, a New Mexico weaver and dealer in American Indian art.   She remained in Santa Fe, where she continued to paint, and worked with a group of artists that included John Sloan, Alfred Morang, and Jozef Bakos. 

In 1953, she died in Santa Fe.

Sources include:

Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West

Information to AskART by Phil Kovinick, April 2006

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Hokkaido, Japan on June 7, 1899. The Hayakawa family immigrated to San Francisco Bay area in 1908. Defying her family, Miki left home as a teenager to become an artist. She studied on scholarships at the CSFA and CCAC. She was a resident of Alameda (1925), San Francisco (1932), and Pacific Grove (1939). During WWII she and her family were interned in a relocation camp in Santa Fe, NM. There she became an integral member of a group of artists which included John Sloan, Jozef Bakos, and Preston McCrossen whom she married in 1947. She died of cancer in Santa Fe on March 6, 1953. Greatly influenced by the work of Cézanne, her oeuvre includes landscapes, portraits, and still lifes. Exh: Berkeley League of FA, 1924; CSFA, 1924 (1st prize); SFAA, 1924-31; LACMA, 1927; SF Women Artists, 1930s; SFMA Inaugural, 1935; Monterey State Fair, 1937 (2nd prize); Foundation of Western Art (LA), 1937; GGIE, 1939. In: Museum of NM.
Source:
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Who's Who in American Art 1940; Women Artists of the American West.
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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