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Resume of SU KWAK 


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Born in Busan, Korea
Lives and works in Washington, DC

Education

1979    MFA, The University of Chicago, IL

1976    BA, The University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016

Cosmic Light, June Kelly Gallery, New York

2013

Su Kwak Light Journey: An Odyssey in Paint, curated by Dr. Jungsil Lee,

2012

Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Indiana organized by; traveled to the
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, catalogue

2009

Light and Time: New Paintings, Sun Art Center, Sun Gallery, Seoul, South Korea; catalogue
Light and Time: New Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York; catalogue

2006

Healing Light, Sun Art Center, Sun Gallery, Seoul, South Korea; catalogue

2004

Healing Light, June Kelly Gallery, New York; catalogue

2002

Light Series, Jean Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea; catalogue

2001

Beyond Light Series, Ellen Kim Murphy Gallery, Seoul, South Korea; catalogue

2000

Recent Paintings, Korean Cultural Service, Washington, DC
Recent Paintings
, University of Maryland Gallery, College Park, MD

1997

 Double Vision, Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service, New York

1996

Divided Light Series, Sun Gallery, Seoul, South Korea; catalogue

1993

Recent Paintings, Humphrey Gallery, New York
Visions of East and West, University of Maryland Gallery, College Park, MD

1992

Light Passages, Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service, New York
Inner Light Series,
New York Academy of Sciences; traveled to:
University of Chicago, Midway Gallery, Chicago, IL;
International House Club, World Trade Center, New Orleans, LA and
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC

1986

Recent Paintings, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL

1983

The Burning Bush Series, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York

1982

The Burning Bush Series, Elmhurst College Gallery, Elmhurst, IL


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017

Celebrating 30 Years, Gallery Artists: Drawings and Photographs at June Kelly Gallery
East Meets West in New York,
HK Art and Antiques Gallery, New York
Life Movement, HK Art and Antiques Gallery, New York

2016

Collateral Damage, The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

2015

The Sun Shines for Us All, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Visual Arts Exhibition Artist Fellowship Program 16, 200 I Street Galleries, DC
Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC
Chosen Homeland: Searching for Women’s Identity & Unity, the Korean Cultural Center, Washington, DC
Love & Healing, MK Gallery, Vienna, Virginia

2014

New Art Collection, curated by Marsha Ralls, Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC

2012

Celebrating 25 Years, June Kelly Gallery, New York

2011

20 Years, 20 Artists, The Ralls Collection, Washington, DC
Spread Your Vision Invitational,
Ewha Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2010

Featured Artists, Andrews Art Museum, Andrews, NC
First International Flag Festival,
Jeolla Province, South Korea
33rd Anniversary 330 Artists,
Sun Art Center, Sun Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2009

Gallery Artists, Sun Art Center-Sun Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2007

Pure and High: Lee Gyuill Collection, Lee’s Gallery, Seoul, South Korea 
New Acquisitions 2006, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
Art DC International Art Fair, Gallery Athena-Paris, Washington, DC

2006

The 1st Art & Welfare International Design Invitation, Gongju National Museum, Gongju , South Korea

2005

Festival of World Written Languages: 5th World Calligraphy Biennale, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea

2004

A Universe of Art, organized by Corporate Art Directions, Credit Suisse First Boston, New York

2003

Art for Art‘s Sake, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
New Acquisitions, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
4th World Calligraphy Biennale of Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
100 Year Anniversary of Korean Immigration to America, L.A. Hyun Gallery, Los Angeles.CA
Contemporary Korean and Japanese Paintings, Jean Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Meditation, Gallery Light, Seoul, South Korea

2002

100 Artists’ Show, Gallery Light, Seoul, South Korea
An Exhibition of Contemporary American Art in the Residence of Ambassador and Mrs. Thomas C. Hubbard, Art in Embassies Program, Seoul, South Korea

2001

24th Anniversary Show, Sun Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2000

Seoul Art Fair, Seoul Arts Center, represented by Sun Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

1999

Contemporary American Women Artists, Art in Embassies Program, United States    Department of State Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva, Switzerland official residence
Eat Art, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York
New Wind: Korean American Artists, curated by Jack Rasmussen, Rockville Art Place, Maryland, traveled to the Maryland Art Place, Baltimore

1998

Six Artists, Myung Sook Lee Gallery, New York Contemporary American Art, Art in Embassies Program, Seoul, South Korea
Asian American Women Artists, curated By Norma Cohen. New World Art Center, New York       Korean American Artists, curated by Deena Crosso, University College Arts Gallery, University of Maryland

1997

20th Year Anniversary Show, Sun Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Summer Group Show, Marisa del Re Gallery, New York

1996

Seoul International Art Fair '96, Seoul, South Korea
Visions of the Next Generation, Seoul Arts Center Museum, South Korea
Summer Group Show, Marisa del Re Gallery, New York

1995

A Celebration of Ten Years of the Art of Science and Technology, curated by Jeannette Murray, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC
Introductions, Kouros Gallery, New York
Inaugural Exhibition, The American Center for Physics, College Park, MD

1994

Holiday Group Show, Kouros Gallery, New York
Gallery Artists, Sylvia Schmidt Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Art from America, Artempo Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Members' Gallery Show, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

1993

Summer Group Show, Marisa del Re Gallery, New York
111 International Artists for Peace, Gallery Bhak, Seoul, South Korea
Building Bridges, International Monetary Fund Art Gallery, Washington, DC

1992

The Landscape: Subject of Renewed Scrutiny, Foster Gallery, University of  Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Journeys, Martin Luther King Library, Washington, DC

1991

Tenth Annual Juried Exhibition, juried by Caroline-Adler, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York, Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hempstead, NY
Global Color, Women's Caucus for the Arts, Washington, DC
International Exhibition, George Mason University Gallery, Arlington, VA

1990

International Artists Show, Martin Luther King Library, Washington, DC

1989

Gallery Artists and Invitational, Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, New York
China-June 4, 1989, Blum-Helman Gallery, New York

1988

Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA, juried by Marge Goldwater of the Walker Art Center 
5th Annual Open Studio: Ten Chinatown Art Exhibition, Asian-American Arts Center, New York

1987

Gallery Group Show, B.R. Kornblatt Gallery, Washington, DC

1986

Exuberant Abstraction, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL

1985

Chicago Artists Show, Xerox Center, Chicago, IL

1984

Inaugural Show of Gallery Artists, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
A Pebble for Peace, North Park Gallery, Chicago, IL

1983

Art from Henry Street, City Gallery, New York Cultural Center, New York

1982

Annual Juried Exhibition '82, juried by April Kingsley of the Sculpture Center,
The Queens Museum, New York
Fifty Views of Art, Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York
The Visual Arts at Henry Street, Henry Street Settlement Arts for Living Center, New York
Christmas Show, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York
Art from Henry Street, Kingsborough Community College Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1981

Annual Juried Exhibition, St. John's University Art Gallery, Jamaica, NY



Selected Public Collections

Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, IN
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea
Dae Lim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea
Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea
Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
Youngeun, Museum of Contemporary Art, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Jeollabuk-do Cultural Department, Jeonju, South Korea
Sun Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
Jean Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
Doosan Dong-A Co., Ltd, Seoul, South Korea
Korean Embassy, Washington, DC
Marriot Marcus DC. Art Collection, Washington, DC
Asian American Arts Centre, New York
Arthur Anderson, Chicago, IL
Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson, San Francisco, CA
Thrall, Inc., Chicago, IL
WilmerHale, New York
Hyatt Hotels, Oakbrook, IL


Catalogues

2012

Wei, Lilly “Fiat Lux:  the Works of Su Kwak”, Kita, Sandy “ Shared Heritage:  Su Kwak and the University of Chicago”, Lee, Jungsil Jenny “Su Kwak:  Light Journey-An Odyssey in Paint”, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University

2009

Kita, Sandy “Making Faith Real:  Su Kwak’s Light and Time Series”, June Kelly Gallery, New York
Park, Rhai Kyoung “Kwak Su:  New Paintings,” Sun Gallery, Sun Art Center

2006

Lee, Jae Ean, “Su Kwak: Healing Light, Healing Painting,” Sun Art Center, Sun Gallery Exhibition

2004

Sussman, Elizabeth, Su Kwak: Healing Light, June Kelly Gallery, New York

2002

Kim, Bok Young, “Conversation with Light: A New Series of Paintings by Su Kwak,” Jean Art Gallery

2001

Heartney, Eleanor, “Su Kwak: Beyond Light and Into Spirit,” Ellen Kim Murphy Gallery
Park, Young Taek, “Su Kwak: Paintings Soaked with Light,” Ellen Kim Murphy Gallery

1996

Lee, Ku Yeol, “Light Series: Hope and Peace,” Sun Gallery
Cohen, Ronny, Dr., “Su Kwak,” Sun Gallery

1988

Goldwater, Marge, “Jurors' Statements,” 29th Three Rivers Arts Festival June

1982

Kingsley, April, “Introduction,” Annual Juried Exhibition '82, The Queens Museum

 

Reviews and Publications

2016

Choi, Heeun, “Su Kwak: Cosmic Light Series at June Kelly Gallery New York,” Korea Times New York, March 16, 2016

2013

“New York artist has retrospective show,” The Register-Guard, Oregon Life, May 30
“Expressing Spirit with Color and Light,” Korea Daily Seattle, July 3
Chong, Christina, “Su Kwak Published a book, ‘Healing Words,” The Korea Times Washington, DC, July 10
“Doh, J.S. “Light Journey:  An Odyssey in Paint, Su Kwak Retrospective,” The Korea Times Washington, DC, July 16
“Light Journey: Su Kwak’s Retrospective Exhibition,” Korea Daily Chicago, January 2

2011

May, Stephen, “20 Years, 20 Artists,” Art news, summer, 2011

2009

Choi, Tae Man, “Su Kwak’s Exhibition,” Art in Culture, December, p.175
Suh, Sung Rok, “Su Kwak’s New Paintings,” Monthly Art Magazine, December, pp. 140 – 143
Garcia, Cathy Rose, “Light, Hope Fill Su Kwak’s Paintings,” The Korea Times:Arts & Living, October 27
Park, Rhai Kyoung, “Weaving Light and Time,” Public Art, October
Koh, Mi-Seok, “With Light Singing Comfort,”Dong-A Ilbo, dongA.com, Oct. 23
Kang, Min Young, “Cut and Sutured Canvas Presents Healing and Hope,” The Sae Gae Times, October 19
Youngran, Lee, “Korean American Artist, Su Kwak’s Exhibition,”The Herald Business, Oct.24
Kim,Young-Tae, “Su Kwak: Abstract Painting Leading to the World of Light,”
CBS Daily NOCUTNEWS, November 4
Ryu, SangWoo, “Su Kwak: Artist Who Heals With Light,” Newsis, October 8
“Su Kwak’s Recent Work: Weaving Light and Time,” Public Art Magazine, October
“Korean American Artist Su Kwak’s Exhibition at Sun Gallery,”Yonhap News:Culture News, October 20
“Su Kwak – Light and Time,” Weekly Hankooki Magazine, October 20
“Healing with Painting: Su Kwak’s Light and Time Exhibition,” 24 Hour News Channel, October 31

2006

Mi-Seok Koh, “Suffering Blooms into Art,” Dong-A Ilbo, July 3
Kyung-Kab Kim, “Healing Light, Living Light,” Korean Economic News, July 3
Lee, Young Ran, “Color, Hope and Peace,” Herald Economic News, July 7
Jung, Mo June , “Peace giving light,” Wolgan Misool Art Magazine, August  
Sussman, Elisabeth, “Healing Light,” Art In Culture, May, pp. 162-164
“Su Kwak: Healing Light,” essays by Elizabeth Sussman and Jae Ean Lee,
Sun Art Center, Sun Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
“Su Kwak,” Galleries Downtown, The New Yorker, August 2          
Park, Sukie, “Su Kwak,” The Korea Daily, July 1
Bok Young Kim, “Conversation with Light, Art In Culture, May, pp. 165-167

2002

Jung, June Mo, “Song of Light, Singing of Light,” Su Kwak Exhibition, Jean Art Gallery, Art in Culture, October
Choi, Kwang Jin, “Su Kwak Exhibition,” Jean Art Gallery, Wolgan Misool, October
Yoon, Jin Sup, “Joy and Suffering in Life, Light as Revelation,” Art in Culture
Lym, Hyuhg Doo, “Kwak Su, Jean Art Gallery, Yonhapnews, August 30
Suh, Churl In, “Kwak Su: My Life in Korea and America,” Jubu Sangwhal, June

2001

Yoon, Jin Sup, “Joy and Suffering in Life,” Light as Revelation, “Art in Culture, March
Lee, Hye Sun, “Interview with Su Kwak,” Wolgan Misool, February
Lee, Sung Koo, “Materialization of Spiritual World,” Hankook Economics News, January 12
Sun Ae Park, “Gift of Peace through Painting,” Korea Times, January 13
Yoon, Jung Kook, “Light: Symbol of Redemption,” Dong Ah Daily, January 10

2000

Do, Jung Sook, “Invitation to Light,” Feel Section, Chosun Daily, Washington, DC, January 18

1997

Lee, Chung Gul, “Invitation to Light,” Vogue Korea, April

1996

Yoon, Jin Sup, “Visualization of Inner World,” Wolgan Misool, Korea
Hong, Chan Sik, “Interview with Su Kwak,” Dong-a Ilbo, Seoul, South Korea, April 5
Lee, Yong, “Abstract Landscape Painted with Light,” Kyung Hyang Daily News, Seoul, Korea, April 5
Chung, Gung Hyun, “Korean American Artist: Su Kwak Exhibition,” Chosun Daily News, Seoul, Korea, March 27
Shin, Jung Hee, “Korean American Artist: Kwak Su Exhibition,” Daily Economics News, Seoul, Korea, April 1
Lee, Young Lan, “Expression of Inner World,” International Economic News, Seoul, Korea, April 4
Pack, Chang Hyun, “Sublimination of Painting: Expression of Hope and Peace, “ Korean Economic News, Seoul, Korea, April 2

1993

“Korean Artists at Two N.Y. Galleries,” Manhattan Spirit, April 7
Kim, Ok Kee, “Expression of Life Force,” The Sae Gae Times, March 8

1992

Calas, Terrington, “East Meets West in Compelling Landscapes,” The New Orleans Times-Picayune, March 27
Grusin, Sarah, “Sight Scenes,” Washington Flyer, May-June


Television / Video

2013

YouTube, “Artist’s Talk: Su Kwak – Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art”, June 1

2009

Arirang, Korea’s Global TV, “Heart to Heart: 25minute documentary interview by JH Ahn,” November 2
KBS, “Culture News:  Su Kwak’s Exhibition by SD Hahn,” November 1
YTN, “Su Kwak’s Exhibition interview by JA Kim,” October 31

2006

S.B.S. Production, “Night Line: Art News,” July 5
Kim’s Arts Network International, “Interview with Su Kwak,” dibart (digital broadcasting of art), July

2002

S.B.S. Production, “Su Kwak Exhibition, News and Daily Economics,” September 11
S.B.S. Production, “Light in the Heart by Su Kwak, New Books,” April 16

2001

MBC production, “Powerful colors in current Exhibitions,” Morning News, January 17
S.B.S. production, “Culture News, “January 17
A & C, “Su Kwak,” Art and Culture News, January 16

2000

V.O.L.M –TV, “Su Kwak: Artist of Light, inerview by Sarah Lee,” May 21
K.B.N. News Line, “Su Kwak’s Exhibition at the Korean Cultural Center, Washington, DC” May 14
Korean Broadcasting Network (KBN) “Su Kwak’s Exhibition,” KBN News Line   January 30

1996

Korea Broadcasting Service (KBS), News Forum, “Su Kwan’s New Works at the Sun Gallery, April 3
A & C Kolon (A&C), News, “Su Kwak’s new works at the Sun Gallery, “April 4
Korea Broadcasting Service (KBS), “A Cultural Outing,” Presentation of Su Kwak’s new
Works by Critic Ku Yeol Lee, April 10


Awards

2000

Award, Korean Government, for contributing to advancing Korean culture overseas

1998

Individual Artist Award, Maryland State Arts Council

1982

Artist-in-Residence, Henry Street Settlement Arts for Living Center, New York

1980

Prize, excellence in the fine arts, Fairweather-Hardin Gallery, The University of Chicago


Other Professional Activities

2014

Artist Talk, “Meet the Artists,” The Women’s Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, April 3

2013

Kwak, Su, “Healing Words,” Pauline Press, Seoul, South Korea

2011

Artist Talk, “Meet the Artists,” The Women’s Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

2002

Kwak, Su, “Light in the Heart: Art and Love,” a memoir, Dana Giwhack Press, Seoul, South Korea

1985 - 1996

Lecturer, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

1983 - 1984

Lecturer, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1983 - 1984

Assistant Professor, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL


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