Unparalleled Beauty of Saga Goryū
Bruce Wilson is a tour-de-force! His reputation as a talented artist in the ikebana community iseclipsed only by his devotion to the art. The Ikebana Iwaya Fund was humbled by Bruce’s invitation to visit his iconic Maryland farm. As the source of inspiration for Bruce, it is the beautiful setting for his demonstration of Saga Goryū ikebana. Saga Goryū’s beauty is underrepresented in the recent burgeoning catalog of ikebana videos. His gift as a seasoned professor shines as he punctuates each arrangement with interesting anecdotes.
Bruce Wilson is a Professor Emeritus of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he was a founder of the college’s Asian Studies program. Offering one of the very few credit-bearing ikebana courses inthe United States, he taught
“Japanese Arts and Ways,” which introduced students to the concept of the Japanese arts as forms of spiritual discipline.
Bruce began his study of ikebana with Kyoko Ueda of the Ikenobo School. He then, for many years, studied Kiku with Georgie Davidson, and became a teacher in that school. He now holds the rank of Seikyoju with the Saga Goryū School in Kyoto. He has published translations of classical Chinese poetry, as well as essays and reviews in comparative literature and on ikebana.
He has presented at: The U.S. National Arboretum; The Japan-America Society of Washington, DC; the National Geographic Society; the National Cherry Blossom Festival; the Walters Gallery; and Otakon-2021. Bruce has exhibited abroad in Kyoto, Japan; Dusseldorf, Germany; and Amman, Jordan.
Bruce Wilson is a Past President and member of Ikebana International Washington, DC, Chapter #1. He offers instruction in ikebana both on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and on his Chesapeake bayside farm in Dameron, Maryland.