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First United States exhibition for Korean artist Kim Jung Hwa at de Saisset Museum this summer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – June 30, 2007. Korean artist Kim Jung Hwa’s work will be exhibited for the first time in the United States at the de Saisset Museum from July 8 through Aug. 19. Variations on Grass, Light, and the Wind: The Plant Dye Art of Kim Jung Hwa will fill the entire de Saisset Museum with numerous wall pieces and installations by the artist.

Kim Jung Hwa strives to depict works “with the colors of the mind.” Her art involves careful and methodical dyeing of textiles using plant-derived pigments. In order to master the art of natural dye processes, she traveled all over her native Korea to learn the art of traditional dyes from community elders.

Kim Jung Hwa, who is a native of Yeoungcheon, Korea, was educated at the Korean National Open University and the Graduate School of the Catholic University of Daegu, Korea. Her work has been included in solo exhibitions at the Bongsan Cultural Center in Daegu, the Chungsan Hyanglim Gallery in Daegu, and group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Osaka, Japan, and the Textile and Quilt Art Museum in Seoul, Korea. Kim Jung Hwa has received numerous awards, including a Presidential Prize awarded by the Korean government.

This exhibition has been organized in conjunction with Site Creations and the participation of Yeoungcheon City in South Korea. The exhibition is co-presented by the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.

Variations on Grass, Light, and the Wind will open with a free public reception at 6 p.m. July 7. The artist will provide a free educational lecture/demonstration at 3 p.m. July 8.

About the de Saisset Museum
The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University is the South Bay’s free museum of art and history. The museum is one of only two museums in the South Bay accredited by the American Association of Museums. The de Saisset Museum supports SCU’s goal of educating the whole person through diverse exhibitions, collections, and educational programs.

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,377 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu. 

 

 

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