Mayumi Lake


2003     Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

2000     The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois Master of Fine Arts, emphasis in Photography

1998     Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, Photography Department

1997     The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, Bachelors of Fine Arts, Photography


2018    Unison, Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York, NY

2017    Unison, Bolt Project Space, Chicago Artists Collation, Chicago, IL 

2014    Latent Heat, Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York, NY

2010    Æther, Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York, NY

2009    Ex Post Facto, Witzenhausen Gallery Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2008    Ex Post Facto Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York, NY

2006    My Idol, Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York, NY

2005    Poo-Chi, Cornelius Pleser Galerie, Munich, Germany
            Poo-Chi, Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York


2020     89th Processional Members Show, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2019     More Pink Noise: Works by The Stella Photo Collective, Var West Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
            Portals, Curated by Elliot Reichert, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL              
            Placed Out Time, Setouchi Triennale, Kagawa, Japan
            The Body Is Work, Curated by Elliot Reichert, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL

2018     Late August, Early September, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
            Truth Claim, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL
            How Many Miles to Babylon? Miyako Yoshigana Gallery, New York, NY
            Pink Noise: Works by the Stella Collective, The Mary-Frances and Bill Veeck Gallery, Chicago, IL

2017     Wa-Jin, Japan Information Center, Chicago, IL
            Seeing Through the Garden, Sensyu-Izutsuyashiki, Higashikagawa, Takamatsu, Japan 

2016    Preview 6: We've Met Before, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL
            Within the Portfolios, Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, Chicago, IL    

2014    Nocturnal Labyrinth, Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York, NY

2012    Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, IL
            Living Culture, Japanese American Service Committee, Chicago, IL

2011    Till All Is Green, Miyako Yoshinaga Art Prospects, New York, NY
            Staged Photography, Paci Contemporary, Brescia, Italy
            Sexy, 16th Annual Asian American Showcase, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL
            Sexier, Zhou B Center, Chicago, IL (Curated by Larry Lee)

2009    The Shasin-ka Slide Show, NAKANAKA: Japanese Arts and Culture Series, Drom, New York, NY
            Womanliness, Galleria PaciArte, Brescia, Italy

2008    Focus: Midwest, Midwest Museum of Contemporary Art, Carmel, IN

2007    Thinking the Multiple, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
            This Is Not A Self Portrait, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL
            PHOTOARTE, Brescia Italy
            Free Rein/Full Play – New Chicago Photographer, Ellen Curlee Gallery, St. Louis, MO
            Bangkok International Art Festival, Bangkok, Thailand

2006    A Travel on the Contemporary Photography, Galleria PaciArte, Brescia, Italy (Catalog)
            The Distant Mirror, M.Y.Art Prospects, New York, NY
            Festival of Love: Video Series, Asia Society, New York, NY

2005    Gimme Some of That: Appropriating Feminist Strategies, 1926 Exhibition Studies Space, Chicago, IL (Catalog)
            Director’s Lounge, Berlin, Germany

2004    She-Snap, Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
            FOTOAMERICA 2004, Santiago, Chile (Catalog)
            Re:Source, Art In General, New York , NY
            Relating to Photography, Fotographie Forum International, Frankfurt, Germany

2003    Occurrences, The Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL (Catalog)
            Tanqueray No. ten Night Life Chicago, Gallery 312, Chicago, IL

2002    No Live Girls, Lance Fung Gallery, New York, New York
            Peep Show 28/No Live Girls , The Lusty Lady, Seattle, WA and San Francisco, CA
            Interrogating Diversity, The Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL

2001    Media Impossible, Ssamzie Space, Soul, Korea (Catalog)
            Hidden, Center for Asian Arts and Media, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

2000    Summer Show, Gallery 312, Chicago, IL
            Uncut Special Edition, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England
            Exchange Video Screenings, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, London,
            England; School of Multimedia Art, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
            Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1999    Yellow/Face, Pilsen East Gallery, Chicago, IL (Catalog)

1998    Scope 3, Artists Space, New York, NY
            Mirror Images: Women, Surrealism and Self-Representation,
            MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA


2019, 2018, 2017 Individual Artist Grant, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Chicago, IL

2019, 2018, 2017, 2013, 2007 Faculty Enrichment Grant, School of The Art Institute of Chicago

2018-2019      HATCH Residency, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago IL 

2016-2017      Chicago Artist Coalition Bolt Residency, Chicago, IL

2013, 2007     Catwalk Institute, Catskill, NY

2013, 2007     Faculty Enrichment Grant, SAIC

2009               AIR Artist-in-Residence Krems, Krems, Austria

2005               Roger Brown House Residency at New Buffalo, Michigan, SAIC

2003               Skowhegan Fellowship

2002               Photo-Eye Awards “Best Figure Study and Nude Book” for monograph Poo-Chi

2001               Artists Fellowship Grant, Illinois Art Council

2000               Bruce Goodman Memorial Fellowship

1999               Honorable Mention, Professional Development Fellowship for Artists and Art Historians, College Art Association

1998               T.C. Colley Award, Rhode Island School of Design


Ex Post Facto (hardcover), One Picture Book #55, Nazraeli Press, 2009
Poo-Chi (hardcover), essay by Joanna Frueh, Nazraeli Press, 2002


2019   Amanda Calobrisi, “Liberating the flower from the frame: A conversation with Mayumi Lake” ADF Web Magazine, September 26
           Robin Dluzen, The Body is Work exhibition review, Visual Art Source, April 29

2018    Lindsay Hutchens, Post-Truth and Proud of It: A Review of “Truth Claim” at Carrie Secrist Gallery, NEW CITY, July 30th

2017    Jonathan Blaustein, The Best Work I Saw at the Filter Festival: Part 2, project review,

2016    Mayumi Lake, Noovo Editions, Online Monograph, 

2014    Dr. Marquard Smith, The Erotic Doll, Yale University Press

2011    Pamela Pianezza, Visa for Elsewhere, MUZE, Oct-Dec 2012 Number 65, Bayard Editions, France, pg 32-39

2010    Yvette Duran, Mayumi Lake – Æther, exhibition review,
            I Love Sex, Fanzine 10 x 15, Madrid, Spain

2008    Clayton Maxwell, Artist interview on Ex Post Facto, Eyemazing, Fall 2008 issue

2007    Jill Conner, Anime and Role-Play: Bubble gum Crisis, Whitewall issue6 (Summer), p.132-137

2006    Walter Robinson, Photo New York, Artnet Magazine, October 11
            R.C. Baker, Best in Show, exhibition review, the Village Voice, June 7-13, p.83
            Sex in the First Person, the Village Voice, February 8-14 issue, p.126-127

2005    Dr. Katrien Jacobs, Libi_Doc:Journeys in the Performance of Sex Art, p136-141, Masca
            Jessica Kraft, exhibition review, Contemporary Magazine, issue 75, p.67
            Reiko Tomii, exhibition review, Art Asia and Pacific, Fall issue, p.84
            Gimme Some of That Exhibition catalog

2004    FOTOAMERICA 2004 Exhibition catalog

2003    Poo-Chi, with an essay by Joanna Frueh, European Photography, issue 73/74, p.44-49
            Unfolding – a Group Essay , NY Arts, January
            Joanna Frueh, Passion Pink and Heroes,, issue #7

2002    Joanna Frueh, The Pink of Revolution, n. paradoxa, volume 10, KT Press, p.27-35
            Lamaretta Simmons, To See an Illusion, F Newsmagazine, SAIC, November
            A Very Large Array, 2002 Photo-eye Awards brochure, Photo-eye

1999    Elane Ng, Yellow Face Show Exhibition catalog


           Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
           The Museum of Fine Arts, Huston, Huston, Texas
           Facebook, Chicago IL, 
           The Museum of Sex, New York, NY
           Joane Flasch Artists' Book Collection, Chicago, IL  
           Asia Society, New York, NY
           Joy of Giving Something foundation, New York, NY
           Video Art World, Barcelona, Spain            
           Randolfo Rocha Collection, Belo Horizonte, M.G. Brazil
           Tanqueray collection, New York, NY