Yue Nakayama is a Houston based artist and filmmaker whose work addresses interpersonal communications within multicultural environments and across belief systems. She uses both documentary and fictional narrative strategies in her video work. Disruptions and disjunctive associations made from navigating mismatched narratives lead to a queer environment of contemplation and meditation. Communication and exchange that reflect the human condition are humorously portrayed with existential overtones. The projects are often presented as video installations of many forms that activate the space and further investigate the relation between the work and the viewer. Screenings and exhibitions of her work have been held in various venues across the United States and beyond including Museum of Fine Arts Houston, ICA Philadelphia, and Visual Art Center - University of Texas Austin. Nakayama is the recipient of the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund - Dallas Museum of Art, and Houston Arts Alliance Individuals Artists Grant. Residencies she has been awarded include the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and The Lighthouse Works Fellowship.



2020 TBD, Diverse Works, Houston, TX (upcoming)*
2019 TBD, Bryant Gallery, Denison University, Granville, OH (upcoming)*
2019 The Extraordinary, Hunter East Harlem Gallery, New York, NY (upcoming)
2019 Devil’s Pie, Private Eye Gallery, Houston, TX
2019 20/92 Video Festival, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA
2018 I Throw My Body on This Hot Pile, The Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA
2018 Whop, Whop, OXBOX, Saugatuck, MI
2018 Core Exhibition, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
2018 2017-2016-2015, Matchbox Gallery, Houston, TX *
2018 Moonmist pop-up exhibition, Houston, TX
2018 I Think We Meet Here, Visual Art Center UT Austin, Austin, TX
2018 ImageOHIO 18, Shot Tower Gallery, Columbus, OH
2017 Muscle Memory, Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2017 VOX XIII: ARE ‘FRIENDS' ELECTRIC?, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
2017 Glassell Benefit, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
2017 The Dangerous Professors, Triumph, Chicago, IL
2017 Core Exhibition, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
2016 Nakayama + Oh, High Tide, Philadelphia, PA*
2016 For Sale By Owner, Hilltop Antiques, Skowhegan, ME
2016 LIVE/WORK, Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA
2016 Summer Show, Marginal Utility, Philadelphia, PA
2016 Happiness Greens Our Irrelevance, MAMA Gallery, Los Angels, CA
2016 Prism: The Multiplicity of Identities, Fox Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2016 Open Video Exhibition, ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
2016 Please Come In, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
2015 Video Snack 5, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
2015 LIVE @ ARTIST-RUN, Satellite Projects, Miami, FL
2015 From Paper to Infinity, Educational Commons, Philadelphia, PA
2015 Labels, Philomathean Society Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2015 LIKE, Addams Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2015 Open Video Exhibition, ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
2014 The New Academy, WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Das Unheimliche, Mulberry Gallery, Granville, OH*
2012 Denison Studio Art Thesis, Newark, OH
2011 Annual Art Show, Tyler School of Art, Roma, Italy
2010 Vail Scholarship Exhibition, Bryant Art Center Gallery, Granville, OH*
2010 The Five College of Ohio Student Biennial Art Exhibition, Delaware, OH
2009 Vail Scholarship Exhibition, Bryant Art Center Gallery, Granville, OH*
2009 The Art Show, Bandersnatch, Granville, OH

* solo/two-person exhibitions


2019 Houston Local Experimental Music Fest [HExFest] III, Houston, TX
2019 At Sacred Seed Pop-Up, Mayflower Mobile Art Gallery, Omaha, NE
2019 Waking Up From Cryosleep, Rye Wax, London, UK
2019 You’re Every Song I Ever Sing, Flatland Gallery, Houston, TX
2019 ART MOVIES! #1 Too WEIRD for the Festivals! Too Movie…ISH for the Open Calls!, Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2018 Invisible Film Program, 4th Istanbul Design Biennale, Salt Galata Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
2018 Steinberg/Nakayama/Yates, Internal Eternal, Houston, TX
2018 How We Live, Lease Agreement Gallery, Huntsville, TX
2018 Core Screening, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
2018 12 Minutes MAX, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX
2017 Festival du Film Invisible, Geneva University of Art and Design, Geneva, Switzerland
2017 Interposition, Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA
2017 Core Screening, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX


2016 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
2016  MFA Fine Arts, Time-based media certificate, University of Pennsylvania, PA
2012  BFA Studio Arts, Cinema concentration, Denison University, Granville, OH
2011  Temple University Rome, Rome, Italy

Grant & Award 

2019 Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund, Dallas Museum of Art
2019 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
2018 Houston Arts Alliance Artist Grant
2017-2018 Eliza Prize
2016-2018  Core Fellowship
2016 Skowhegan Scholarship Award
2015  The Lawrence Shprintz Master of Fine Arts Award
2014-2016 Penn Design Merit Scholarship Award
2010-2012  Vail Scholarship for Excellence in Fine Arts
2008-2012  Tyree/Parajon Scholarship
2011 Keith Boone-Anderson Ranch Award


2019 The Lighthouse Works Fellowship, Fishers Island, NY
2018  Ox-Bow Fall Residency, Saugatuck, MI
2018 Fellowship Award, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2016 - 2018 Core Program - Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
2011 Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO


2018 Visiting Artist, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
2018 Visiting Critic, Rice University, Houston, TX
2016 Visiting Artist, Southwestern University, Austin, TX
2016 Lighting Lecture 2, ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
2015 Lighting Lecture 1, ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


2019 Nakayama, Yue, et al. “Steinberg/Yates/Nakayama.” Knell Literary and Arts Journal, 20 Apr. 2019.
2018 Huete, Betsy. "The 2018 Core Exhibition at Lawndale Art Center." Glasstire. May 7, 2018. online
2018 Glentzer, Molly. "The Obligatory Video: Core Show Heavy on Moving Images." Houston Chronicle. May 04, 2018. online.
2018 The Core Program 2017/18. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 2018. print.
2018 Casparie, Sabine. “I think we meet here: Shana Hoehn, Yue Nakayama, and Felipe Steinberg at UT Austin Visual Arts Center.” Arts and Culture Texas. Feb 12, 2018. online
2017 Peripheral Vision Issue 7, Salon 2017. online
2017 The Core Program 2016/17. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 2017. print.
2016 Nakayama, Yue, and Shaina Gates. "An Opacity of Means." Symbiosis - The Crossroads of Art and Writing, May   2016, 48-50. print
2015 Kim, Sarah. "Interview with Yue Nakayama." Title Magazine. December 15, 2015. online.
2012 Nakayama, Yue. Das Unheimliche. 2012. print