We posted last month that AKB48's Producer Akimoto Yasushi was considering hiring lyricists to help with the songwriting for the 48' groups. In the same article were hints of things to come - Cultural Festival, Art Club, and more.
On Wednesday February 8th, he announced on his Google+ that an AKB48 Art Club will be established, with Katayama Haruka as the President, and called for member submissions of their art. He has also "accidentally" leaked in a subsequent post that there will be an AKB48 Art Exhibition in June 2012.
More information was revealed on a post on Thursday. Yasusu is planning to rent a space in Tokyo, and ask experts in different fields of Art to come in and give lessons to the members. Eventually the artwork created by the members will be published in a monthly art magazine Bijutsu Techouu (美術手帖). Many members have submitted their creations and there are enough pieces for the time being.
Shukan AKB will be another interactive channel for the Art Club. He then said maybe the Art Club will be asked to design CD covers, concert posters, costumes and more. He is also considering calligraphy and photography.
Katayama Haruka (Captain), Nakamata Shiori, Takajo Aki, Suzuki Shihori, Ishida Haruka, Nito Moeno, Nakagawa Haruka, Ota Aika, Maeda Ami, Tanabe Miku, Nakaya Sayaka, Sato Natsuki, Hirata Rina, Fujie Reina
Furukawa Airi (Team KII), Yamashita Yukari (Team E), Umemoto Madoka (Team E), Yakata Miki (Team KII), Isohara Kyoka (Team E), Takagi Yumana (Team E), Sato Mieko (Team KII), Shibata Aya (Team E), Kobayashi Ami (Team E), Matsumura Kaori (RS), Ishida Anna (Team KII), Kato Tomoko (Team KII), Kaneko Shiori (Team E), Tsuzuki Rika (Team E)
Kawakami Rena (Team M), Koyanagi Arisa (RS), Ota Riona (Team M), Kotani Riho (Team N), Yamagishi Natsumi (Team M), Hikawa Ayame (Team M), Kadowaki Kanako (Team N), Azuma Yuki (RS), Nakagawa Hiromi (RS), Shinohara Kanna (Team N), Fukumoto Aina (Team N), Nishizawa Rurina (RS), Mita Mao (RS), Kinoshita Momoka (Team M), Shimada Rena (Team M), Murakami Ayaka (Team M), Yamaguchi Yuuki (Team N), Ishida Yuumi (RS), Hayashi Momoka (RS), Koga Narumi (RS)
Shimono Yuki (RS), Imada Mina (RS)
So what do you think about the members?
One interesting thing is that the only AKB48 Senbatsu member present is Takajo Aki. I guess it's expected the the rest of the senbatsu members are quite busy. A number of popular SKE and NMB senbatsu members are also missing.
source: 1 and 2