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Art school established which fostered famous artists


The First School of Fine Arts was Founded to Foster Future Artists in 1880


Kyoto Art School Touji School Building (1893)
Artists' wishes to found a school of fine arts were met in 1880, when Kyoto Prefectural School of Fine Arts, the first public school of fine arts in Japan, was established inside the Kyoto Imperial Garden. The management of the School was later transferred from the prefectural Government to the municipal authorities. As it became bigger with more courses added, including industrial arts and sculpture, the school often changed its name. In 1909, Kyoto College of Fine Arts, the advanced school for the graduates, was established and attached to the School.
The School of Fine Arts was succeeded by Doda Municipal High School of Arts and Crafts. The College of Fine Arts became Kyoto City University of Fine Arts after World War II. In 1969, amalgamating Kyoto City Junior College of Music, the University changed the name into Kyoto City University of Arts. Both Kyoto Prefectural School of Fine Arts and Kyoto College of Fine Arts have produced many great artists and industrialists, including the prize winners of an Order of Cultural Merit such as Seibo Kitamura, Insho Domoto, and Shoko Uemura.
Today many future artists are devoted to creation of a new art culture at the High School and the University.

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