Join us for a special studio visit with Kyungmin Park, a ceramic artist, teacher, and mentor who creates fun, figurative sculptures to portray human emotions, personal narratives, and compelling storytelling.
Meet the artist and explore the behind-the-scenes space where Kyungmin experiments, designs, and creates her diverse repertoire of unique ceramic sculptures. As an Artist and educator, Kyungmin is also interested in engaging in conversations about artists’ creative processes and how they are adapting to contemporary society transitions and needs. Kyungmin’s interests also include how curators’ and collectors’ approaches have evolved after the pandemic, and how emerging artists should approach their path to become a successful maker and profitable professional artist.
About the Artist: Kyungmin Park is a figurative ceramic sculptor drawing inspiration from childlike perspectives. Contrasting the darker emotions and restricted psyche of adulthood with the boundless consciousness of children, Kyungmin’s sculptures confront the viewer with uncomfortable juxtapositions, encouraging reflection upon personal expectations and narratives. Kyungmin largely uses hand-building techniques to construct her figures out of porcelain, a material she prefers for its ability to contrast starkly with bright and colorful decoration. Originally from South Korea, Kyungmin earned her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia in 2012 and her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2008.
Currently, Kyungmin is an Associate Professor of 3D Studio Art at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. Park was a long-term resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, where she earned the 2014-2015 Matsutani Fellowship and the 2015-2016 Windgate Fellowship. Park has won multiple awards, including the 2016 Emerging Artist of the Year Award from the National Council on Education the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and the 2015 Emerging Artist award by Ceramics Monthly Magazine. Kyungmin was invited as a 2017 Guest Artist at the Jingdezhen International Studio in Taoxichuan Ceramic Park, China, and AIR Vallauris in France in 2011 and 2022. She also participated in a short-term residency program in 2018 at the Red Lodge Clay Center, MT, and in 2016 at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in ME.
She is a seasoned artist and has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most notably at: the Aqua Art Miami Basel, SOFA Chicago, The Clay Studio in PA, Scripps College Ceramic Annual, Claremont, CA, Penland School of Crafts in NC, Arrowmont School of Arts in Gatlinburg, TN, Fuller Craft Museum in MA, Museum of Arts and Science in Macon, GA, The Museum of Contemporary of Georgia, Canton Museum of Art in OH, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn, AL along with a multitude of galleries, including Abel Contemporary, Abmeyer + Wood, Belger Arts Center, Cerbera, Companion, Duane Reed, Eutectic, Kolva-Sulivan, Lacoste, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Lillstreet Art Center, Morean Art Center, Signature galleries, to name a few.
For a sneak peek at Park’s process, check out her ceramic sculpting demo on our YouTube channel!