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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, September 24, 2009

Alice Kagawa Parrott, Honolulu native, artist

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Alice Kagawa Parrott

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Alice Kagawa Parrott, a Honolulu native and internationally known textile artist, died Sept. 10 at her home in Santa Fe, N.M. She was 80.

Her works are included in the collections of such museums as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Oslo, Norway, and she was featured in a one-woman show at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York, according to The New Mexican newspaper of Santa Fe.

Parrott's works are also displayed in a number of Isle government buildings, including the Kalanimoku Building in Honolulu and the new judiciary complex in Hilo, Hawai'i.

In 1996 Parrott was one of 12 artists recognized in a retrospective exhibit, "Reflections: The Japanese American Master Artists of Hawaii" at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.

Following her graduation from the University of Hawai'i in 1954, Parrott attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. She moved to Albuquerque to teach ceramics and weaving at the University of New Mexico. In 1956 she married Allen Parrott and the couple moved to Santa Fe, where they opened a weaving and crafts shop, The Market.

She is survived by her son, Timothy Parrott, and a brother, Wallace Kenso Kagawa of Honolulu. A private family memorial will be held in Hawai'i.