Starting Saturday, October 13, the Southern Utah Museum of Art will be the first museum to display the traveling exhibition, Encounter Korea, designed to introduce Korean art to America.
The exhibition features seven Korean-American and Korean artists with varying media including sculpture, painting and video work, curated in collaboration between SUMA and the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles (KCCLA).
Jessica Farling, Director of the Southern Utah Museum of Art at Southern Utah University is thrilled to be partnering with the Korean Cultural Center to share seven uniquely Korean perspectives with southern Utah.
“Given that Cedar City has a sister city in Korea, this seemed like the best place to start as we strive to bring diverse exhibitions to the campus of Southern Utah University and our surrounding communities."
South Korean and Korean-American artists have arrived in the international art world in recent years with a voice that resonates across both East and West. The Korean art scene has emerged from the traditions of its history to now reflect a world of connectivity and technology. This exhibition brings together a group of artists that highlight the technical mastery and conceptual finesse of their culture and reflect the way South Korea wants to project its image onto the world.
“Culture trumps everything. Be it diplomatic ties or economic relations, when they are built through a cultural approach, the sustainability of the relationship becomes more solid,” said Nak Jung Kim, director of KCCLA. “Understanding each other’s cultures will build mutual trust and will eventually make barriers between us meaningless.”
“Unique partnerships, such as this one with KCCLA, provide SUMA with the opportunity to bring other world cultures to our museum, which otherwise would not be possible,” said Farling. “Museums can, and should, be a place for multicultural dialogue.”
As the museum director, Farling provides leadership and vision for SUMA as an experiential learning environment with a balanced commitment to education and community. She is familiar with the media and available for an interview. Simply visit her profile.
Jessica Farling Director/Curator of the Southern Utah Museum of Art
Specializing in community outreach and engagement, museum exhibition curation, and collection management