Stephanie S. Lee

김소연

My humble wish is for you to seize a tiny sparkly moment out of endlessly chaotic everyday life routines to be grateful for
and for that moment of gratitude to be accompanied by my paintings.

여느 날과 다름없는 매일의 바쁜 일상속, 비록 그것이 찰나의 순간일지라도 그 안에서 반짝이고 있는 작은 감사함을 그대가 발견할 수 있다면,
그리고 그것이 나의 그림과 함께라면 더 바랄것이 없겠습니다.

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Statement

Stephanie S. Lee reinterpret the traditional Korean Folk Art (Minhwa) from the Joseon Dynasty by connecting it with a modern perspective. She depicts the never-ending aspirations and desires of human beings with symbols and compositions similar to those used in traditional Korean folk art. By portraying a luxurious, modern context in a traditional Korean setting, using Minhwa’s bright and positive aspects, she reilluminates the essence of life – the pursuit of happiness – which transcends time and era in her paintings.
By integrating Korean tradition with New York’s modern life, tradition and modern, old and new, east and west, material and ideal all coexist harmoniously in her work.

Luxurious modern objects such as jewelry, high-end teacups, and recognizable luxury brand items are often placed in her paintings. However, the objects in her paintings are not employed to critique the negative aspects of materialism. Rather, the painting is an interpretation of how the materialistic yearnings of humankind can be a positive element in modern society if such energies are directed to urge people to do their earnest best to obtain their desires. Lee hopes to let viewers see through this fundamental human philosophy beyond the materialistic substances.

For example, diamonds in her painting represent pure goodness. As carbon dioxide stone changes into a diamond after extreme pressure and heat, it symbolizes one's positive spirit that became stronger overcame hardships and obstacles in their life. Instead of being destroyed, it turned into something beautiful that reflects light to shine on others.
Minwha was also painted under a period of several wars but still maintaining the bright colors and humor and wishes for each other's well being. Lee was impressed with that spirit and sees the resemblance in diamond with what Minhwa paintings contain.

"People in modern days often seem to confuse the pursuit of happiness with materialistic desire. But I believe that the substance of life is seeking one’s happiness, thus human being’s life journey is an interaction between these essential desires with its environment. While the objects and its appearance may have changed over time, one’s immortal passions—wealth, health, beauty, knowledge, and accumulation of fame—have never withered, and are everlasting.
When we realize what we are truly seeking for is the happiness of us and others, our lives can be more meaningful and appreciative."
- Stephanie S. Lee


Stephanie S. Lee (김소연) 작가는 한국전통민화의 상징성, 대칭성, 장식성을 응용하여 한지, 분채, 금분, 먹 등의
전통재료를 이용해 현대와 과거를 넘나드는 작업을 한다.

작가는 한국의 전통민화를 현대의 모습과 비교, 재해석 함으로서 전통과의 연결상실을 회복해 보고자 함과 동시에
시대를 초월한 인류의 공통된 염원인 '행복의 추구'와 그 너머의 철학적 의미를 찾고자 한다.

작품속의 현대물들은 인간의 욕망을 현상적으로 보여주고있지만, 물질주의를 비판하는것이 아닌, 보이지 않는 정신세계를 이해하는 통로가 되는 매개체로서의 역할을 상징한다.
작가는 과거와 현재, 전통과 트렌드, 한국에서의 정서를 기반으로 뉴욕에서 살아가는 삶을 그리며 모습은 다르지만 그 속에 흐르는 근원적이고 긍정적인 삶에대한 욕망을 통해 순환, 윤회, 조화, 공존 등의 철학적 의미를 찾고자 한다.

Critics

The Book: A Symbol of Materialism

In the Cabinet of Desire I & II, a diptych by Stephanie S. Lee, books are completely absent. What at first appear to be formalistic chaekgeori paintings of books are actually paintings of luxury gift boxes, particularly those of Western brands. In portraying these conspicuously foreign and exotic material goods in a traditional Korean setting, Lee suggests that the desire to flaunt wealth and personal possessions is enduring and unchanging. Her painting expresses this fundamental, human philosophy in a way that bridges both the past and the modern times. However, the objects in Lee’s painting are not employed to critique the negative aspects of materialism. Rather, the painting is an interpretation of how the materialistic yearnings of humankind can be a positive element in modern society, if such energies are directed to urge people to do their earnest best to obtain their desires.

Stephanie S. Lee’s painting explicitly reflects the dual symbolic nature of books in a contemporary culture based on materialism. Using the foreshortening technique of chaekgeori as the predominant visual structure, Lee reinterprets the lost connection with tradition while drawing on themes and techniques common to modern art. Lee does this by depicting the never-ending aspirations and desires of human beings with layouts and compositions similar to those used in traditional Korean folk art. While the objects of desire may have changed over the course of time, those immortal passions—wealth, health, beauty, knowledge, and accumulation of fame—have never withered, and are everlasting. By searching for philosophical meanings beyond phenomenal substances, Lee seeks the core value of life transcending time and era.

The Book: A Symbol of Consumption

Stephanie S. Lee’s theme for her contemporary chaekgeori is “consumption.” By actively seeking personal gratification through images of books and commodities, the popular genre of chaekgeori and the demand for such works seem to be an envious imitation of elite conspicuous consumption. This desire is what Lee abstracts in her works.

In the right panel entitled 'Desire', books, calligraphy brushes, tea, and fruit—all symbols of good fortune, auspiciousness, and knowledge—are illuminated by the sun. In contrast, the adjoining left panel 'Modern Desire' depicts luxury gifts and valuable liquors lit by the moon. This painting affirms the current state of people’s lives in modern times, a state wherein long-cherished desires and vanity coexist. Lee suggests that instead of looking at human desire in a negative perspective, we should accept, refine, and use it as a positive force to move forward to a better tomorrow.

Lee’s paintings display a diverse and affluent collection of luxuries typically out of the financial reach of the ordinary person. However, these extravagant objects are not used to reveal the negative aspects of materialism. Rather, we can interpret in them how the extravagantly materialistic yearnings of humanity can serve as a positive element of modern society. Using layout and composition similar to traditional folding screens, Lee suggests that the ideal life that we all yearn for is not unattainable and can easily be found in one’s own mundane, quotidian existence. Additionally, she takes the opportunity to investigate and reflect on the never-ending aspirations and desires of human beings. She attempts to show the contrast of “the old” and “the new” by juxtaposing them, under the light of the sun and the moon. While the objects of desire may have metamorphosed with the passage of time, the undying desires of human beings-wealth, health, beauty, knowledge, and fame-have not changed.

Lee has abstracted “consumption” as the theme for her contemporary chaekgeori by actively seeking personal gratification through images of books and commodities, as if the popular demand of chaekgeori was an envious imitation of elite conspicuous consumption.

Jinyoung Jin, Director of Cultural Programs, Charles B. Wang Center
An excerpt from the “Chaekgeori: The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens” | Dahal Media, SUNY Press, 2017




“...김소연 민화에서 주목할 또 하나는 빼어난 장식성과 단순하면서도 세련된 기법이다. 구성과 형식, 기법 등에서 현대 민화에 새로운 형식의 패턴Pattern을 제시한 조형성은 그녀의 민화가 지닌 장점이다.

궁극에 김소연의 민화는 시공간을 초월한 인간의 삶의 최대 목적은 ‘행복추구’라는 단순논리에 근원을 두고 있다. 이 근원에서 전통 민화가 추구했던 조형어법을 자신만의 현대적 화풍으로 재구성하여 민화의 미적가치를 넓혀가고 있는 것이다. 즉, 무병장수, 충효, 사랑 등 보편적 욕망이나 대의보다는 사적인 희망과 욕망을 세련된 장식미와 조형미로 구현하고 있다. 시대는 선택할 수 없다. 주어질 뿐이다. 그러나 시대정신은 주어지는 것이 아니라 만들어지는 것이다. 현대 민화가 과거에 머물러 있는 정신이 아닌현대인의 시대상을 담아야 하는 까닭이다.

현대인은 욕망의 과잉시대에 살고 있다.갖고 싶고, 이루고 싶은 욕망이 끝이 없다. 김소연의 민화는 인간의 행복을 물질소유의 여부로 판단한듯 보이지만, 결국은 정신적 만족의 여부가 행복의 가치를 좌우한다는 것으로 해석할 수 있다.

현대 민화가 더는 무명화가의 그림이 아닌 이상 자신만의 스토리와 독창성 획득은 필수이다. 이는 민화가 무의미한 감각적 욕구충족이 아닌 현대인의 꿈과 희망을 비추는 심경心鏡이자 현대미술에서논의의 대상(예술)이 되기 위한 요건이다. 결국, 인간의 기본 욕망을 표현하는 많은 작가 중 한국 민화의 대표성을 이어가는 것은 뚜렷한 자기 세계를 지속하는 작가일 것이다. 개별성 짙은 조형미를 추구하는 김소연 작가의 색다른 민화 탐미에 흥미를 갖는 이유이다.”

변종필 미술 평론가, (전)양주시립장욱진미술관장, (현)제주현대미술관장 | 월간민화, 2017년 3월호 ‘지상초대전’중 발췌



"...김소연은 민화와 명품이라는 생뚱맞은 조합으로 민화의 새로운 세계를 열어줬다.
뉴요커답게 맨해튼 5번가에서 볼 수 있는 명품을 민화와 접목시켰다. 호랑이의 외형을 다이아몬드처럼 재해석한 착상은 압권이다. 이미지가 명료하면서 임팩트도 크다.
새로운 세계 속에서 경험한 또다른 세계를 과감하게 민화 속에 투영한 시도는 민화의 세계를 확장시켜 주는데 기여하고 있다.”

정병모, 경주대학교 교수 | 2017 박물관 수 별관 오픈전 도록중 발췌



욕망이라는 이름의 도자기

프랑스 철학자 자크 라캉(Jacques Lacan, 1901-1981)은, 욕망은 도덕질서가 금지하는 어떤 것을 지향한다고 했다. 조선시대 역사 속에서 욕망과 도덕은 시소를 타는 상대적인 가치였다. 유교 도덕이 성할 때에는 욕망이 움츠렸고, 욕망이 성할 때는 도덕이 한발 물러섰다. 정조 때 비로소 도덕의 시대에서 욕망의 시대로 변했다. 물건에 인간의 욕망이 깃들어 있기에, 이념의 시대에서 물건의 시대로 바뀐 것이다. 이런 변화상을 극명하게 보여주는 것이 책거리다. 책거리는 조선을 대표하는 정물화다. 일상의 물건을 그리는 서구의 정물화와 달리, 책거리에는 유교국가인 조선시대에 가장 선호한 책과 물건들이 등장한다. 그 속에 장엄한 역사가 있고 다채로운 스토리가 깃들어있다.

그런데 책거리에 욕망이 가득 차 있다. 뉴욕에서 활동하는 스페파니 리(Stephanie S. Lee)는 그의 장식장에 로얄 코펜하겐(Royal Copenhagen) 도자기들을 가득 진열했다. 로얄 코펜하겐은 현대인의 욕망을 보여주는 상징이다. 1775년 덴마크 황태후였던 줄리안 마리의 후원으로 설립된 덴마크 왕실 도자기로, 물결무늬 아래에 ‘PURVEYOR TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN OF DENMARK’(덴마크 여왕 폐하를 위한 납품업체)라는 문구가 적혀 있다. 조선시대에는 완물상지(玩物喪志), 즉 물건에 빠지면 뜻을 잃는다고 늘 경계했다. 물건은 근원적으로 금지된 욕망의 원인이기 때문이다. 작가는 조선인의 욕망인 책과 청나라 물건을 뺀 자리를 현대인이 선호하는 고급 도자기로 가득 채웠다. 현대인의 욕망을 극대화하기 위한 그만의 장치인 것이다.

정병모, 경주대학교 교수 | 계간수필 (2020 봄호 통권 98호)중 발췌

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b.1977 Pusan, South Korea.
Lives and works in New York.

Education

2018 Master of Science in Museums and Digital Culture, Pratt Institute, Manhattan, NY
Major: Museums and Digital Culture
with Advanced Certificate in Conservation & Digital Curation and Circle Award for Academic Achievement

2011 Korean Traditional Folk Art Painting, Pusan National University, South Korea

2001 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Major: Graphic Design
with Excellence Award for Outstanding Merit in Graphic Design and Circle Award for Academic Achievement

Solo Exhibitions

2019 "Modern Virtue in Pigment & Ink", Closter Public Library, Closter, NJ
2016 "Echoing Roar", Art Mora Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2016 "Back to Circle", Piermont Public Library, Piermont, NY
2016 "Books vs. Pocketbooks", Ridgewood Public Library, Ridgewood, NJ
2016 "Roar", Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, NY
2016 Artist of the month exhibition, Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY
2015 "Wish", Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, NY

Selected Art Fairs

2017 K-MINAF (제 1회 민화 아트페어), SETEC 서울무역전시장, Seoul, South Korea
2017 Affordable Art Fair, The Metropolitan Pavillon, New York, NY
2016 Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong
2015 Scope Art Show, New York, NY
2015 Affordable Art Fair, The Metropolitan Pavillon, New York, NY
2014 Spectrum Miami Art Show, Miami, FL
2014 Affordable Art Fair, The Tunnel, New York, NY
2014 Shenzhen Internaional Art Fair, Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center, China
2014 Fountain Art Fair - 69th Regiment Armory

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Group Exhibition, “Minhwa: The Color of Korea”, The Belskie Museum of Art & Science, Closter, NJ (forthcoming)
2021 Communicate Beyond Words, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY (forthcoming)
2021 Chaekgeori: Today, Centre Culturel Coréen (프랑스한국문화원), France (forthcoming)
2021 Women on the Edge of Time, Taller Boricua Gallery, New York, NY (forthcoming)

2020 Minhwa - Paintings for Hope, Queens College Art Center, Queens College, Flusing, NY (forthcoming)
2020 Interweaving, Alfred Van Loen Gallery, South Huntington Public Library, NY (forthcoming)
2020 Minhwa Exhibition, Málaga, Spain (forthcoming)
2020 Our Planet, Queens College Art Center, Queens College, Flushing, NY (forthcoming)
2020 Chaekgeori: Today, National Library of Korea(국립중앙도서관), Seoul, South Korea (forthcoming)
2020 Minhwa: Painting of the People | 民畫 백성의 그림, Zen Art Gallery, Catskill Zendo Monastery, Summitville, NY (forthcoming)
2020 Female Gender Identity and Equality, Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery, Iona College Arts Center, New Rochelle, NY
2020 Edward Hopper House Museum Artist Member Show, Azarian McCullough Art Gallery, St. Thomas Aquinas College, NY
2020 Red Envelope Show, Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2020 A Good Beginning, Here, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

2019 Threads and Pigments, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2019 NJSeoul: New Art from the Korean Diaspora, Bergen Community College, NJ
2019 Visual Arts Members’ Exhibition, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2019 Chaekgeori Today II, Indang Museum, Daegu, South Korea
2019 Recall, Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, NY
2019 Between the Lines, Blue Mountan Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2019 Chaekgeori Today, Dongduk Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2019 Korea Society of Exhibition Design Studies, KOSES 국제초대전, National Museum of Korea (국립중앙박물관), Seoul, South Korea
2019 Mono Prismatic Visual K-Wave, Queens College Art Center, Flushing, NY
2019 Art Minhwa Reporter Member’s Exhibition, Korean Artist & Artisan Gallery (한국문화정품관), Seoul, South Korea
2019 Edward Hopper House Artist Member’s Exhibition, Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts, Orangeburg, NY
2019 Red Envelope Show, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

2018 Insight in Sight, Art League of Long Island, Dix Hills, NY
2018 Korea Society of Exhibition Design Studies, KOSES 국제초대전, National Museum of Korea (국립중앙박물관), Seoul, South Korea
2018 Art & Soul, Prince Street Gallery, SOHO, NY
2018 East Meets West, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2018 Archipelagos of the Creative Mind, Pratt Institute Library Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2018 Art As Sanctuary II, Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ
2018 Parthibition, Space Ciel Gallery, Pompton Lakes, NJ
2018 Saehwa|세화전, Gallery IS, Seoul, South Korea
2018 Member’s Annual Group Exhibition, The Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

2017 Queens: envisioning habitats, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2017 Evolving, The Korean Cultural Center DC (워싱턴한국문화원), Washington, D.C.
2017 Dynamic Dimensions, Belskie Museum of Art & Science, Closter, NJ
2017 Group Exhibition, “City Bites III”, Alessandro Berni Gallery, Chelsea, New York
2017 Five Person Exhibition, “빛맑은 바람 전"-박물관 수 별관오픈전, Museum Soo, Daegu, South Korea
2017 Group Exhibition, “Multi-Lane II”, Demouzy Contemporary Gallery, Rockville Center, New York
2017 Five Person Exhibition, "현대민화의 길을 찾다-월간민화 창간 3주년 기념 특별전", 나락실 갤러리, Seoul, South Korea
2017 Group Exhibition, "Dynamic Dimensions", Martin Hicks Gallery, The Belskie Museum of Art & Science, Closter, NJ

2016 Group Exhibition, "Saehwa - 세화전: 안녕, 당신을 위한 새해 인사", Gallery Hanok, Seoul, South Korea
2016 Group Exhibition, "The Power and Pleasure of Posessions in Korean Painted Screens", Skylight Gallery, Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University, NY
2016 Group Exhibition, “The Primacy of Color”, George Billis Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2016 Four Person Exhibition, “Syncretized”, Space 776, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Group Exhbition, Yeosu International Art Festival, Yeosu Expo Convention Center, South Korea
2016 Group Exhibition, Suwon City Hwasung Project, Complex Art Space Haenggungjae Gallery, South Korea
2016 Group Exhibition, "Aspects: Works by Korean Artists in America", University Gallery, Ivan Wilson Center for Fine Arts at Western Kentucky University, KY
2016 Three Person Exhibition, 3 generations, Palisades Park Public Library, NJ

2015 Group Exhibition, "Yeon Mal Yeon Si (연말연시전)", Nabi Museum of the Arts, Teaneck, NJ
2015 Call for Chelsea Group Exhibition, "(Re) envisioning art’s aura in the age of turbocapitalism", Galleria Ca’ D’oro, Chelsea, NY
2015 Group Exhibition, "Solstice", Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Pieromnt, NY
2015 Group Exhibition, "KACAL16", Hutchins Gallery, Brookville, NY
2015 Group Exhibition, "Who am I? What do you see?", Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2015 Four Person Exhibition, "Common Interests", Nabi Museum of the Arts, Teaneck, NJ
2015 Group Exhibition, "Heart - Center of Life", Weil Cornell Medical College Samuel J. Wood Library, New York, NY
2015 Four Person Exhibition, "Replenished", Hutchins Gallery, Brookville, NY
2015 Group Exhibition, "The 8th Youth Art Award & Invitational Art Exhibition", John W. Meagher Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, Jersey City, NJ
2015 Group Exhibition, "Size Matters - Small but Significant Works", Piermont Flywheel Gallery, NY
2015 Six Person Exhibition, "re-illumination", SIA NY gallery, Chelsea, NY

2014 Group Exhibition, "20 Artists", Piermont Flywheel Gallery, NY
2014 Group Exhibition, "Passion 15", Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ
2014 Group Exhibition, "Community Art Project", Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2014 Three Person Exhibition, “Emerging Scape”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2014 Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
2014 Group Exhibition,"Public Collection (新院展)", Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2014 Five Person Exhibition, “Nature within Us”, Powerhouse Arena Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Group Exhibition, “꿈과 행복으로 소통하는 아름다운 우리 그림”, Gyeonggi Provincial Museum, Gyeonggi, South Korea
2014 Group exhibition, “The 36th H.M.A. International Art Festival”, Gallery Chosun, Seoul, South Korea
2014 Group exhibition, “2014 우수작가 신춘기획 초대전”, Gallery La Mer, Seoul, South Korea
2014 Fountain Art Fair, New York, NY
2014 Group Exhibition, “Traditional Group Show”, Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, NY

2013 Group Exhibition, “Winter Salon Show”, Space 776, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Group Exhibition, “Happy Together”, Elga Wimmer Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2013 Group Exhibition, “Community Art Project”, Yegam Art Space, Flushing, NY
2013 Group Exhibition, “대한민국 부채예술대전”, Gallery La Mer, Seoul, South Korea
2013 Group Exhibition, “The First Sextet”, Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ
2013 Group Exhibition, “Arirang”, Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ
2013 Group Exhibition, “행복한 우리 민화전”, Pusan Citizen Hall, Pusan, South Korea

Curatorial Projects

2021 Group Exhibition, “Minhwa: The Color of Korea”, The Belskie Museum of Art & Science, Closter, NJ (forthcoming)
2021 Group Exhibition, “Communicate Beyond Words”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY (forthcoming)

2020 Group Exhibition, “Minhwa - Paintings for Hope”, Queens College Art Center, Flushing, NY (forthcoming)
2020 Group Exhibition, “Interweaving”, Alfred Van Loen Gallery, South Huntington Public Library, NY (forthcoming)
2020 Group Exhibition, “Minhwa: Painting of the People | 民畫 백성의 그림”, Zen Art Gallery, Catskill Zendo Monastery, NY(forthcoming)
2020 Group Exhibition, “A Good Beginning, Here”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

2019 Group Exhibition, “Querencia | 퀘렌시아”, Gallery CHUN, Flushing, NY
2019 Group Exhibition, “Threads & Pigments”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2019 Group Exhibition, “Mono Prismatic Visual K-Wave”, Queens College Art Center, Flushing, NY
2019 Yu Han Yu’s Solo Exhibition, “The Majesty of Tibet”, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY

2018 Group Exhibition, “Eudaimonia | 에우다이모니아”, Gallery CHUN, Flushing, NY
2018 Group Exhibition, “Diaspora”, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2018 Solo Exhibition, “Rounded”, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2018 Group Exhibition, “East Meets West”, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2018 Group Exhibition, “Parthibition”, Space Ciel Gallery, Pompton Lakes, NJ

2017 Group Exhibition, "Queens: envisioning habitats", Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2017 Five Person Exhibition, "Evolving", Korean Culture Center in Washington, DC
2017 Group Exhibition, "Dynamic Dimensions", The Belskie Museum of Art & Science, Closter, NJ

2016 Four person Exhibition, “Syncretized”, Space 776, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Three person exhibition, 3 generations, Palisades Park Public Library, NJ

2015 Four person Exhibition, “Common Interests”, Nabi Museum of the Arts, Teaneck, NJ
2015 Four Person Exhibition, “Replenished”, Huchins Gallery, Brookville, NY
2015 Master Jaichoon Kim's Invitational Solo Exhibition, “The Royal Blossom”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

2014 Three person Exhibition, “Emerging Scapes”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2014 Group Exhibition, “Nature within Us”, Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Group exhibition, “The First Sextet”, Riverside Gallery, NJ

2012 Sueim Koo’s Solo Exhibition, “My Diary in Landscapes”, Riverside Gallery, NJ

Design & Installation Projects

2019 Group Exhibition, “Visual Arts Members’ Exhibition”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2019 Minhwa - Korean Folk Paintings in New York, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2019 Wonju Seo's Solo Exhibition, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

2018 Dan Rubin’s Solo Exhibition, “Tribal Baroque: Moments and Metamorphoses”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2018 Visual Artist Member’s Annual Group Exhibition, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2018 Tina Seligman’s Solo Exhibition, “Solar-Lunar Transcriptions”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2018 “The Costume Art of Imperial Peking Opera”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

2017 “The Sport of Kings in Queens: Celebrating 350 Years of Thoroughbred Horse Racing”,The Queens Historical Society, Flushing, NY
2017 “Past Performances: Legends of Turfs in Queens”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2017 Group Exhibition, "Going Places", Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2017 Group Exhibition, "Taking it to the streets: 1950's NYC Through the Lens of Flushing Photographer Frank Oscar Larson", Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2017 Group Exhibition, "JHS 185 Edward Bleeker Student Arts Exhibition", Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

2016 Group Exhibition, “Lucky in Love”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY (www.ny1.com)

2015 Group Exhibition, “Who am I? What do you see?”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2015 Exhibition, “Stable Views: Life in the Backstretch of the Thoroughbred Racetrack”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2015 Two Person Exhibition, “Dynamic Writing: A Century of Calligraphy”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

Workshops & Teaching Experience

2020 Group Workshop, “Bring Your Own Korean Tiger Home”, Touro College, Forest Hills, NY
2020 Group Workshop, “Tiger & Magpie: Good Luck Painting from Korea”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY

2019 Group Workshop, “Making a Korean Tiger Ornament”, Korean Cultural Center DC (워싱턴 한국문화원)
2019 Public Talk, “Introduction to Minhwa”, Korean Cultural Center DC (워싱턴 한국문화원), Washington, D.C.
2019 Group Workshop, “Make Your Own Minhwa Fan”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2019 Group Workshop, “Bring Your Own Korean Tiger Home”, Touro College, New York, NY
2019 Public School Workshop, “Experience Korean Folk Art”, Northern Valley Regional High School, Dermarest, NJ
2019 Public School Workshop, “Minhwa for the Lunar New Year”, Northern Valley Regional High School, Old Tappan, NJ

2018 Panel Discussion, “K-Wave: The State of Contemporary Korean Fashion, Art and Music”, Newark Museum, NJ
2018 Artist Talk Program, “Salon Sunday ”, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
2018 Public School Workshop, “Lunar New Year Painting”, P.S. 150 Q, Sunnyside, NY

2016 Group Workshop, “Making My Own Book Bag with Korean Chaekgeori Painting”, Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University, NY
2016 Korean Folk Art class teacher, Manhattan Korean School, at The NYC Museum School, NY
2016 Family Workshop, “Make Something for Mom”, Flushing Town Hall, NY

2015 Public School Workshop, “Korean Tiger and Magpie”, Flushing Town Hall, NY

Awards

2019 Certificate of Commendation, County of Bergen, New Jersey
2019 Hornor & Recognition, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, New Jersey
2018 Distinguished Achievement Certificate, Korean American Contemporary Arts, Ltd., New York
2015 Special Prize, The Traditional Culture Arts Promotion Association, South Korea
2015 Winner, Call for Chelsea 2015, NY
2014 Artist Award for Exceptional Artwork, The 46th Public Collection (新院展), Japan
2014 Special Honor Prize, Hyung Sang Fine Art Grand Conetst, South Korea
2014 New Artist Prize, The 36th International H.M.A. Art Festival, South Korea
2013 Three Prize of Selection, The Traditional Culture Arts Promotion Association, South Korea
2012 Special Prize, Contemporary Women Fine Art Association, South Korea
2012 Prize of Selection, The Traditional Culture Arts Promotion Association, South Korea
2001 Excellence Award for Outstanding Merit in Graphic Design, Pratt Institute, NY
2001 Circle Award for Academic Achievement, Pratt Institute, NY

Judging Experience

2020 Queens Arts Fund Grants Panelist
2016 The 26th Complex Medical Art Show at Weill Cornell Medical Library
2016 The 40th Annual Children’s Art Contest at the Korean Times
2016 The 25th Complex Medical Art Show at Weill Cornell Medical Library
2014 The 36th Annual Children’s Art Contest at the Korean Times
2013 The 14th Annual Youth’s Art Contest at the Korean Times
2013 The 35th Annual Children’s Art Contest at the Korean Times

Press

Spectrum NY1 News(Flushing Town Hall)
The New York Times
Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com)
The Clarion Circle (www.clarion.pressly.com)
Queens Ledger(www.queensledger.com)
The Clarion Circle (www.clarion.pressly.com)
North Jersey Newspaper(www.northjersey.com)
Article from AXS(www.axs.com)
Asia Week New York (www.asiaweekny.com)
The Statesman ARTS(www.sbstatesman.com)
한류스토리(http://kofice.or.kr)
KOFICE 한국문화산업교류재단(http://kofice.or.kr)
The Korean Channel '문화가 있는 날'(www.tkctv.com)
TKC TV News (8/17/2015 News 10:35)
AM 1660 Radio interview '김향일의 모닝 인터뷰' (www.am1660.com)
Article from AXS(www.axs.com)
Artist Spotlight article from Examinor.com(www.examiner.com)
Art Minhwa 월간민화 3/2016 (www.artminhwa.com)
Art Minhwa 월간민화 1/2016 (www.artminhwa.com)
The Korea Times 3/9/2016(www.koreatimes.com)
NY Culture Beat 'Wish' (www.nyculturebeat.com)
NY Culture Beat 'Emerging Scape' (www.nyculturebeat.com)
NY Culture Beat 'Common Interests' (www.nyculturebeat.com)
The Korea Times - The Drawing Room (www.koreatimes.com)
The Korea Times - Culture (www.koreatimes.com)
The Korea Times - 한국일보 '연말연시전' (www.koreatimes.com)
& many more

Affliations

The Garage Art Center, Inc. (www.garageartcenter.org)
Korean Folk Art Organization (www.koreanfolkart.org)
NY Regional director of Korea Minhwa Association (사단법인 한국 민화협회 뉴욕지부장) (www.folkpainting.net)
The Drawing Room New York (www.thedrawingroomnewyork.org)
Teaching Artist & Visual Arts Member at the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA) (www.flushingtownhall.org)
New York Society of Women Artists (www.newyorksocietyofwomenartists.com)
Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center (www.edwardhopperhouse.org)