For Immediate Release
June 18, 2018
Yuriko Hoga traveled thousands of miles from her hometown near Tokyo to attend Lower Columbia College from 1970 to 1972.
She and her father, a well-known bronze sculptor, met the late Frank McCrum of Longview while he was attending a Lions International convention in Tokyo in 1969. That connection led to Yuriko's trip to Southwest Washington the following year.
During her time at LCC, Yuriko studied English language and art. After returning to Japan, she continued to pursue her art and became an elementary art teacher. Yuriko works with mixed media, including metal, fiber, clay, plaster, paper and watercolor. Japanese department stores have carried her jewelry designs.
While studying at LCC, Yuriko received a $200 scholarship from the Longview Junior Service League. She returned the favor in 1994, when she visited Longview to present a $5,000 gift to the college for art scholarships. She has made many other donations to the LCC Foundation over the years as well.
Yuriko is returning to Longview once again this July. During her visit, LCC will host an exhibit of her artwork. The exhibit will run from July 5 through 12 in LCC's Main Building.