Ayako Abe-Miller is a sculptor and Japanese Sumi (ink) painter. She was born in the northern part of Japan, and has lived in Tokyo, Australia, Singapore, New York City, and currently resides in South Carolina. She earned her Associate of Arts degree in English Literature from Toyo University in Tokyo, Japan and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in sculpture from Converse College in South Carolina, and her Master of Fine Art with concentration in sculpture at Clemson University in South Carolina. Her Japanese calligraphy has been published in scholarly journals in Japan and her sculptures, installations, and live performances have been accepted, exhibited and performed in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally including in South Carolina, Georgia, New York, California, Maryland, Florida, Missouri, Michigan, North Carolina, New Mexico, Italy, Bulgaria, and Portugal. In 2012, she was commissioned to make a large scale, metal sculpture for the new medical school of the University of South Carolina in Greenville, South Carolina. Currently, she is commissioned to create a permanent, public textile sculpture for OneColombia, the City of Colombia, South Carolina for installation in their new Richland Library Ballentine branch Library, which will be installed in 2016.