Celebrate America’s Independence and Alexandria’s 274th Birthday during a special reception at the Canal Gallery this July 8th, 2023 from 7:00PM to 10:00PM! This special exhibition will run from 7/8/23 to 9/3/23.
“We the People…” will explore the artist’s own personal journey as a Korean immigrant who has lived in the United States for over 30 years, conceptualizing through art the triumphs and struggles of two countries that have been tethered throughout modern history by war, culture, technology and political ideology.
“I’ve taken the subject, both in form and imagery, of the American Flag and its historical meanings through an immigrant’s eyes, now seen through a feminine interpretation.” – Hee Sook Kim.
HEE SOOK KIM
Hee Sook Kim is an accomplished visual artist who has gained recognition for her work across the world. She has been awarded grants and accolades such as Pollock-Krasner and Fleisher Art Memorial Wind Challenge, and her art has been exhibited in solo and group shows at celebrated venues, including the Bronx Museum, Taipei Art Museum, and Lincoln Center. Currently, she is a Professor in the Fine Arts Department at Haverford College, Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 2002.
Kim earned her MFA and BFA in painting and printmaking at Seoul National University and an MA in printmaking at New York University. She has been the recipient of several prizes including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (New York, NY), the Fleisher Art Memorial Wind Challenge Award (Philadelphia, PA),Joyce DeGuatemala /Jason Vourvoulias Award at Brandywine Workshop (Philadelphia, PA), the Special Prize Arte Laguna (Venice, Italy), a Leeway Foundation Grant (Philadelphia, PA), a State Foundation of Culture and Arts Acquisition Award (Hilo, Hawaii), Honorary Mention in the Encyclopedia of Living Artists, and a Merit Award from the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. In 2017 she received the Innovative Teaching Award from Haverford College.
Kim’s pieces are in many collections throughout the United States, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan and have received numerous reviews in national and international journals, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Artsy Curatorial, On Verge, Contemporary Art Curator, New York Arts Magazine, Truce Magazine, Korea Times, etc. Kim’s entire Kyo catalogue can be found here.