Art Nomura is engrossed with the innovative uses of media, including Trans- and 360° media. He has worked as a painter, sculptor, potter, filmmaker, writer, and New Media artist since 1968. Several of his works have themes directly connected to the Asian American experience. His work has screened on PBS, cable, and in festivals, galleries, museums, and universities worldwide. Nomura has taught media production and writing since 1981.
From 1981-1985 he co-managed the Video Annex of the Long Beach Museum of Art, and taught media production at Cal State LA, Cal State Long Beach and Pitzer College. From 1985 – 1990 he directed and taught video art production in the Studio Art Department at the University of California, Irvine. He has taught film/video production, editing, screenwriting, TV studio production, computer animation, and film history in Portugal, Italy, Germany, and New Zealand and the United States. In 2003 Nomura received a Fulbright Research Scholar Grant to live in Japan and shoot his documentary, Finding Home.
Born in Manzanar Concentration Camp, California during WWII, he is Professor Emeritus in Film/TV Production at the School of Film and Television, Loyola Marymount University. He continues to teach select courses and fostering intercultural dialogue at LMU between writing, gardening, traveling, bicycling, xi gong, Pilates, social activism, design/construction, and art-making activities.
He grew up in black south Los Angeles, white Orange County, and brown East Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Garfield High School, Los Angeles; California State University, Los Angeles (B.A. Representational Art); and UCLA (MFA, Theater Arts). He is a Vietnam-era veteran, married to performing artist Mary Daval, and is father to three children and grandfather to three above-average grandchildren.