CURRICULUM VITAE

Sun Young Kang is a book and installation artist. Originally from South Korea, Kang resided in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA for a decade before recently relocating to Buffalo, NY. From small intimate books to room size installations, she uses paper with its duality of strength and delicacy to create physical and conceptual space. Kang received her MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 2007, and BFA in Korean Painting from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea. Kang is a recent recipient of Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Award 2017-2018 and was a fellow of the Center for the Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia from 2013 to 2015 and a participant in the Diplomatic Art 2015, the 2013 Sofia International Paper Art Biennale, and the Pittsburgh Biennial 2008. Her work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally at venues including Whanki Museum, Seoul Korea, Queens Museum, NY, Whatcom Museum, WA, Carnegie Museum of Arts, Pennsylvania State Museum, the Susquehanna Art Museum, PA, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Mainline Art Center and Philadelphia Art Alliance, PA. Her work is also included in the Pennsylvania State Museum permanent collection, Museum of Modern Art Franklin Furnace Artist book collection, and in numerous libraries’ special collections.

 

EDUCATION

• MFA, Book Arts/Printmaking, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, May 2007

• BFA, Korean Painting, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, February 2001

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

• 2019, Artist in Residence, Artspace O, Seoul, Korea

• 2019, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, VT

• 2018, Publication Fellowship, Peripheral Vision Press, TX

• 2017-2018, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Award, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NY

• 2017, PRIX WHANKI Competition Award, Whanki Museum/Whanki Foundation, Seoul, Korea

• 2017, Artist in Residence at Soulangh Cultural Park through COPE NYC Artists in Residence International Exchange Program, Tainan, Taiwan

• 2016, Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

• 2013-2015, Visual Artist Fellowship, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

• 2014, Award Commission for Annual Benefit, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

• 2013, Visiting Artist in Residence at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

• 2013, Finalist of Grand Prize ((AMATERAS Annual Paper Art Exhibition/competition), Sofia, Bulgaria

• 2012, AWARD For Young Artist Winner (AMATERAS Annual Paper Art Exhibition/competition), Sofia, Bulgaria

• 2011, The State Museum Purchase Award, Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2011, Harrisburg, PA

• 2011, Honorable Mention, ART of the State: Pennsylvania 2011, Harrisburg, PA

• 2011, AWARD For Young Artist Winner (AMATERAS Annual Paper Art Exhibition/competition), Sofia, Bulgaria

• 2011, Honorable Mention, ART of the Book, Rochester Public Library, Rochester, NY

• 2009, Juror's Award, SYMBOLON: Symbols and Self, Pittsburgh, PA

• 2009, Wellesley College Purchase Award at the Hybrid Book Fair, Philadelphia, PA 

• 2009, Jaffe Center for Book Arts Purchase Award at the Hybrid Book Fair, Philadelphia, PA

• 2009, Regional Award, Philadelphia Center for the Book at the Hybrid Book Fair, Philadelphia, PA

• 2007, Elizabeth C. Roberts Prize For Graduate Study in MFA Book Arts/Printmaking, Philadelphia, PA

• 2006, Harry Eaby/Piccari Press Scholarship, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

• 2006, The Korean Honor Scholarship 2006, Korean Embassy, Washington, DC

 

SOLO/TWO PERSON EXHIBITION

• 2019, 6973 miles of Force in 1cm, Artspace O, Seoul, Korea

• 2018, In Between Presence and Absence/ Freezing Moments to Turn Them into Eternity: World of threads Festival 2018
            Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre, Oakville, Canada

• 2017, Neither Here Nor There: PRIX WHANKI Competition Exhibition
            Whanki Muesum, Seoul Korea

• 2017, 永線 The Endless Line: Soulangh Montage    
            Soulangh Arti Village, Jiali District of Tainan, Taiwan 

• 2016, Transformations: Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition
            Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

• 2015, The Edgeless Divide
            Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA

• 2015, Books Containing Yeo-Baek III
            Azarian McCullough Art Gallery, St.Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY

• 2014, In-Between (Featured Exhibition, Philadelphia Open Studio Tour 2014)      
            The Center For Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA    

• 2013, Books Containing Yeo-Baek II     
            Elihu Burritt Library, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT    

• 2013, Anne Canfield & Sun Young Kang    
            University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA    

• 2012, Books Containing Yeo-Baek I    
            The Rose Lehrman Art Gallery, Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA

• 2010, Filtered Memories    
            Ganser Gallery, Millersville University, Millersville, PA  

• 2009, In Between Presence and Absence    
            Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA   

• 2008, The Inner Path   
            The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts,  New Castle, PA

• 2008, Pittsburgh Biennial Featured Solo Exhibition  
           
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA  

• 2007, The Way to Be Empty    
            Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA  

 

SELECTED/ INVITED GROUP EXHIBITION  

2019

Women Forward Part II: Innovative Women, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Open Sesame! The Magic of Artist's Books Revealed, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Seattle, WA

2018

The Art of the State Purchase Award Collection, 1969-2017, Pennsylvania Governor's Residence, Harrisburg, PA

• Permanent Collection Show, Yuko Nii Foundation, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

• Artists Book Cornucopia IX, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO

BIBLIOPHORIA V  International Juried Book Art Exhibition, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

Inter(national): Dual Identities, Atlantic Wharf Gallery of Fort Point Arts Center, Boston, MA

10th AMATERAS International Annual Paper Art Exhibition, National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria

• Art on Paper, Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD

Paper TrailsMorgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Educational Foundation, Cleveland, OH

2017

The Art of the State Purchase Award Collection, 1969-2017, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

International Biennial PAPER FIBER ART 2017/2018, The National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, Nantou, Taiwan

• Paperscapes, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Expanded Readings Exhibition,  The Sheppard Contemporary Gallery of the School of the Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno, NV

2016

• BÍLÁ LABORATOŘ - WHITE LABORATORY International Exhibition, Galerie města Olomouce (City Gallery Olomouc), Czech republic

• Biennale Internationale des Arts des Fibres et du Papier: "WATER - FIBRE – PAPER” – METAMORPHOSE

transformation, metamorphosis and profound memory

- Museum of World religions, Taipei Taiwan (January - March 2016)

- Villa Du Toit,  Geneva Switzerland (April – May 2016)

Reading with the Senses, The College of Art and Design at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Professinal Artist Members Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2015

 DIPLOMATIC ART 2015, Bastionul Theresia, Timisoara, Romania

• An Inclusive World, Partnership Gallery/ Werwaiss Family Gallery/ Library Space in Progress, Queens Museum, Queens, NY

Rebirth of the Wonder, Call for Bushwick International competition 2015, Brooklyn, NY

Unhinged: Book Art on the Cutting Edge, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA

Words/Matter, Arts on Elston, Chicago, IL

• Biennale Internationale des Arts des Fibres et du Papier: "WATER - FIBRE – PAPER” – METAMORPHOSE

transformation, metamorphosis and profound memory

- Cirencester, UK  New Brewery Arts Centre (April - June 2015)
- Lasalle France Filature, Petit temple & Mediatheque (September  2015)

"Saatchi Screen", Second Floor, Saatchi Gallery, London, England

Book Arts: Structures and Stories, Bucks County Community College ArtMobile, Newtown, PA

2014

REVEALED TERRAIN, Hamilton & Arronson Galleries, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

OVER THE EDGE: PAPERWORKS UNBOUND,  Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

The Book as Art: Expanding the Limit, The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, Decatur, GA

Grand Rapids ArtPrize 2014,  Cathedral Square, Grand Rapids, MI

AMATERAS Annual Mini Paper Art Exhibition, Art Alley Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

Butterfly Effect, Ward-Nasse Gallery, SOHO, New York, NY

2013

Sofia Paper Art Fest 2013, International Paper Art Biennial: “Messages of Light”,  City Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

5th International Artists’ Book Exhibition, King St. Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár, Hungary

4th Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, England

AMATERAS Annual Paper Art Exhibition/competition, Art Alley Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

Seductive Alchemy: Books by Artists Exhibition, Visual Arts Gallery, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX

Artists’ Book Cornucopia IV, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO

2012

AMATERAS Annual Paper Art Exhibition/competition, Art Alley Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

Artists’ Books: Creative Structures, Allen's Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

6th International Artist's Book Triennial Vilnius 2012

- 2nd International Printmaking Symposium, Bentlage, Germany

- Titanikas Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

- Leipzig Book Fair, Globus Galerie, “Internationale Ausstellung für Künstlerbücher und Handpressendrucke”, Leipzig, Germany 

- Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Gallery, Venice, Italy

CARTASIA 2012, Biennial of Contemporary Art, Lucca, Italy

Unfamiliarity and Familiarity, Identifying Communication Through Arts, Gallery 2, Korea Craft and Design Foundation, Seoul, Korea

Philadelphia Encounter, 175 Gallery, Korea National University of Arts, Seoul, Korea

Artists Book Cornucopia III, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO

A Reader's Art 12: Longing for Home, Susan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

WOMEN an Exhibition,  D: Center Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

Branching Together, Massachusetts College of Liberal Art, Gallery 5, North Adams, MA

BiblioTech, Skylight Gallery, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA

2011

ART of the State: Pennsylvania 2011, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

3rd Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, England 

Hand Lettered,  Abecedarian Gallery,Denver, CO

ART of the BOOK, Lower Link Gallery, Rochester Public Library, Rochester, NY

ON AND OF PAPER, THE BOOK ARTS, Springfield Art Association Gallery, Springfield, Illinois

ArtBound Artists' Books Exhibition,  Red Gallery, Glebe NSW, Australia

Making It, Hamilton Hall's Gallery One, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

AMATERAS Annual Paper Art Exhibition/competition, Art Alley Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

ART of the BOOK,  Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, CA

Artists' Book Cornucopia II, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO

2010

Time and Again, Allen Library South, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Special Choice Book Arts Part 1 & 2, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Tri-Fold: New Perspectives on Book Art, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

I will cut thrU, Barbara Walters Gallery, Heimbold Visual Arts Center at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY   

I will cut thrU: Pochoirs, Carvings, and Other Cuttings, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY    

Bright Hill 2010 Invitational Book Arts Exhibition, The Word & Image Gallery, Bright Hill Literary Center, Treadwell, NY

Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2010, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA  

ARTISTS' BOOKS: Radical Messages, Revolutionary Means, Carleton College Art Gallery, Northfield, MN

The Illustrated Accordion, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Kalamazoo, MI

Show and Bestow, The Ruth Hughes Collection of Artists' Book, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

Quantified Aesthetics, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN

2009

AAP, 99th Annual Juried Exhibition, Carnegie Museum of Arts, Pittsburgh, PA   

Show and Bestow, The Ruth Hughes Collection of Artists' Book, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

SYMBOLON: Symbols and Self, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

Influx 3, be galleries, Pittsburgh, PA

PAPER NARRATIVES, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO

Pittsburgh Biennial Selections, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Boxy Books Exhibitions, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO

Beyond WORDS: BookFest 2009, The Long Beach Island Foundation for Arts and Science, Loveladies, NJ

Contemporary Print Exhibition from Pittsburgh Print Group, The Merrick Free Art Gallery, Museum and Library, New Brighton, PA

ART TO BE READ, The Hybrid Book Conference Exhibition, Hamilton/Anderson Gallery at the University of Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Small Works, Short Films, Big Ideas! AAP Juried Exhibition, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

A Reader's Art 9: small, smaller, smallest, Susan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis, MN    

BookEnds, Target Gallery, National Exhibition Space of Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA

2008

Maternal Legends: A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Artist Books, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR

Altered State: Pittsburgh Print Group Members' Juried Exhibition, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

7th Annual Bright Hill Literary Center Juried Americas Book Arts Exhibit, The Word & Image Gallery, Bright Hill Literary Center, Treadwell, NY

2nd National San Diego Book Arts Juried Show, University of California San Diego, Geisel Library, San Diego, CA

The Places of Utopia-The Utopian Library, BAU Cultural Association, Viareggio, Italy

Accidental Constellation, Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service NY, New York, NY

New Works of Pittsburgh Print Group, Borelli-Edwards Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

ARTISTS BOOKS 2008, Owl and Lion Gallery-15 Grass Market, Edinburgh, Scotland

Conceptually Bound 3, Mohr GAllery, Community School of Music and Art, Mountain View, CA

Conceptually Bound 3, University Art Gallery, California State University, Chico, CA

2007

BookMarksZMP, Museums 10, Florence, MA

(Un)Contained Vessels, The Center for Book Arts NY, New York, NY

Venue 5th Artists' Books + Multiples, Fair Brisbane, Dell Gallery, Griffith Queensland University College of Art, Brisbane, Australia   

MFA Biennial Exhibition, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

Action/Interaction, Conference Exhibition, Columbia College Chicago Center for Books & Paper Arts, Chicago, IL    

Visually Speaking: Art, Narrative and the Contemporary Press, The Street Gallery, Memphis College of Art,  Memphis, TN

EAST/MIDWEST, Columbia College Chicago Center for Books & Paper Arts, Chicago, IL

2006

Suggest Readings, Hamilton Hall, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

ARTE PAGINA, Kelly Writer's House, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Pressing Matter, Gallery One, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Plunder Book, Ander Hall, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1998-2001    

Chaeyeon, Gong Pyung Art Center, Seoul, Korea

E-Mok-Gu-Vi, Deok Won Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Sejong Arts Competition Exhibitions, Paek-Sang Memorial Hall, Seoul, Korea

Korea Arts Culture Juried Exhibition, Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

Kwanak Modern Arts Juried Exhibition, Anyang Literary Art Hall, Anyang, Korea

Danwon Arts Festial 2001, Ansan Danwon Exhibition Hall, Ansan, Korea

Misulsegae Grand Prize Competition Exhibition, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea

The 15th Korean Painting Juried Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea   

New Frontier Juried Exhibition, Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

BFA Thesis Exhibition, Ewha Womans University Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Ewha Action Vision, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea

May Day, Ewha Womans University Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea

BOOK FAIR

• 2013, CODEX International Book Fair 2013, Craneway Pavilion, Richmond, CA  

• 2012, Seoul International Book fair (as part of UARTS Alumni), Coex, Samsung, Seoul, Korea   

• 2009, The Hybrid Book, Intersection + Intermedia Conference Book Fair, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA 

• 2007, Action/Interaction Conference Book Fair, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts, Chicago, IL

• 2006, 9th Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair, Silver Spring, MD

• 2006, Frankfurt Book Fair 2006, Frankfurt, Germany

• 2006, Oak Knoll Book Fair 2006, New Castle, DE

 

ARTIST LECTURE/ INVITED JUROR

• 2018, Invited juror of “ART of the State: Pennsylvania 2018”, Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg, PA

• 2017, Invited juror of "Vessels: the annual exhibition 2017", Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA

• 2017, Artist Lecture, the Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL

• 2017, Artist Lecture, Soulangh Artists' Village, Tainan, Taiwan

• 2016, Artist’s Lecture, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

• 2015, Artist’s Lecture, St.Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, NY 

• 2014, Artist’s Lecture, the Center for Emerging Visual Artists Gallery, Philadelphia, PA   

• 2013, Artist’s Lecture, the Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT   

• 2012, Artist’s Lecture, Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA    

• 2010, Artist’s Lecture, Millersville University, Millersville, PA   

 

OTHER EXPERIENCE (TEACHING/CONSERVATION)

• 2016, Teaching a Bookbinding class at the Main Line Art Center School, Haverford, PA 

• 2012 - 2016, Book Conservation Technician at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

- Bank of North America, Project funded by Wells Fargo     

• 2007 - 2010, Book Conservation Technician at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 

• 2008, Teaching a Bookbinding class at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts School, Pittsburgh, PA    

• 2007, Book Conservator Intern at the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA    

• 2006, Book Conservator Summer Intern at The Wagner Free Institute of Science, Philadelphia, PA 

• 2005 - 2007, Part-time Conservator at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA