CHIEKO MURASUGI was born in Tokyo, raised in Toronto, and based in San Francisco for 20 years before moving to North Carolina in 2012. She has degrees in Experimental Psychology (BA McGill, Ph.D. York U) and Studio Art (BFA York U, MFA UNC-Chapel Hill). She has exhibited her work nationally in galleries and museums, and her paintings reside in the public collections of the City of Raleigh and Duke University. Recently, she was awarded a Hambidge Center Residency and a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Support Grant. She is a co-founder and co-curator of BASEMENT, a provisional, artist-run project space in Chapel Hill, NC. She and her neuroscientist husband are the parents of two adult children.