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My name is Madeline Sumida. This is a photo of me with some examples of my family’s art collection. The ink brush painting is an heirloom from Japan. I’m holding an ashtray that my great grandfather made in the Fort Missoula internment camp during World War II; though intended for a most mundane function, the molded concrete and meticulously polished stones of the work clearly demonstrate the artist’s aesthetic. The painting behind is one of my own, inspired in part by the family artwork I grew up admiring.