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Minkyu Lee // Hidden Structure Revealed 2
2013
porcelain

MINKYU LEE

Minkyu Lee is a ceramic sculptor who focuses on defining the negative space in his works, encouraging contemplation from the viewer.  His early body of work is said to be a continuation of Josun Dynasty porcelain ware, its forms and glazes, within the context of 5,000 years of Korean ceramic history.  His early cast work is a series of vessel forms, in which Lee represents the hidden structure of the forms.  He was born in Seoul, Korea in 1976. He received a BFA (2002) and an MFA (2006) from Seoul National University, and an MFA (2008) from the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology. He was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Montana (2007), and has been actively showing his work in national and international exhibitions such as San Angelo National Ceramic Competition (2012), Contemporary Clay Biennial (CO, 2010), Ceramic Space & Life (Korea, 2009), New York-Tokyo Friendship Ceramics Competition (NYC, 2009, 10, 11), 28th International Ceramics Competition of L’Alcora (Spain, 2008), 1st Jingzhe International Ceramics Exhibition (China, 2007), and Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramic Art Award (Australia, 2006). Since fall 2009 he has been teaching at University of Wisconsin – Green Bay as an Assistant Professor of Art.

Academic Background

2008
M.F.A. (Ceramics), School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology
2006
M.F.A. (Ceramics), Department of Craft and Design, Graduate School, Seoul National University
2002
B.F.A. (Ceramics), Department of Crafts, College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University

Teaching Experience

2015- Associate Professor of Art - Ceramics, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
2009-15 Assistant Professor of Art - Ceramics, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
2008-09 Professor of Ceramics (full-time), School of Fine Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design

Selected Exhibitions

2015
6 x 6 (Invitational Exhibition), Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY, USA Convergence and Transcendence (Invitational Exhibition), The 8th Gyeonggi International
Ceramic Biennale, Icheon Cerapia, Korea
All about Porcelain (Juried exhibition), The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT
Makers and Mentors (Invitational group exhibition), Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY

2014  
Korean Vision (Invitational group exhibition), Patrajdas Contemporary, Ogden, Utah
Coast to Coast (Invitational ceramics exhibition in conjunction with NCECA), Elaine Erickson Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
RIT School for American Crafts Ceramics Alumni Exhibition (juried show in conjunction with NCECA), Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Korean Contemporary Ceramics, The Korean Society, New York, NY
ZONA MACO Mexico Arte Contemporaneo Fair (with Mindy Solomon Gallery),
Centro Banamex, Mexico City, Mexico
Two Person Exhibition (Invitational), New Visions Gallery, Marshfield, WI

2013  
FOCUS KOREA (Invitational group exhibition), Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL
SOFA CHICAGO Art Fair (with Mindy Solomon Gallery), Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
July Exhibition (Invitational), Elaine Erickson Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
 ‘A Tile & A Vessel’, International Juried Exhibition, Silver City Clay Festival, Silver City, NM
 ‘From The Earth’, Juried Exhibition, Tri-Lakes Center For The Arts, Palmer Lake, CO
‘The Studio Artist as Educator’, Neville Museum, Green Bay, WI

2012  
The 9th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
Member’s Exhibition, Korea Contemporary Ceramic Artists Association, Ichon Ceramics Center, Korea
4th Beyond the Brickyard, Juried Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
‘Cabin Fever’, Lawton Gallery, Green Bay, WI
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center Gala Event and Auction, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2011  
Two Person Exhibition (with Alison Stehlik), Aylward Gallery, UW-Fox Valley, WI
13th New York-Tokyo Friendship Ceramic Competition, Nippon Gallery, New York, NY
Solo Exhibition, Rosewood Gallery, Kettering, OH
 ‘River 2 River’, Juried Exhibition (in conjunction with Iowa Clay Conference), The Ceramics Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
Wisconsin Artists Biennial, Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha, WI
‘2011: From the Center to the Edge – 60 Years of Creativity & Innovation at the Archie Bray Foundation’, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
‘Artists of the NEW North’, Juried Exhibition, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI

2010  
‘66th Art Annual’, Juried Exhibition, Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI
Two People Exhibition (with Alison Stehlik), Lawton Gallery, Green Bay, WI
 ‘ART SPACES’, Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
 Solo Exhibition, The ARTgarage Gallery, Green Bay, WI
‘Containers 2010’, Juried Exhibition, The Myer’s Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
12th New York-Tokyo Friendship Ceramic Competition, Nippon Gallery, New York, NY
3rd Contemporary Clay Biennial, Juried / Invitational Exhibition, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO
‘2nd Biennial Central Time Ceramics’, Juried Exhibition, Heuser Art Center, Peoria, IL
The 3rd  Biennial Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition, Juried International Competition, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
‘2010 Materials Hard & Soft’, 23rd Annual National Contemporary Craft Competition,               Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX

2009  
‘Pandora’s Box’, Juried Exhibition, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA
‘Craft Forms 2009’, 15th Annual International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
‘Ceramics Space & Life’ (World Ceramic Exposition Foundation Invitational), Yeoju World Ceramic Museum, Korea 

2008  
11th New York-Tokyo Friendship Ceramic Competition, Nippon Gallery, New York, NY
The 8th International Ceramics Competition MINO, Japan
The Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, Juried Exhibition,
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Solo Exhibition, Ock Hee’s Gallery, Honeoye Falls, NY
28th International Ceramics Competition of L’Alcora, The Ceramics Museum of L’Alcora, Spain
Scholarship Benefit Auction, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
The Clay Studio Juried Members Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
International Triennial of Silicate Arts, International Ceramics Studio, Hungary
M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Bevier Gallery, Rochester, NY
NCECA Show, ‘Residents at the Bray 2007’, 3rd Street Gallery, Carnegie, PA
International Asian Art Fair, 583 Park Avenue, New York, NY

2007  
1st Jingzhe International Ceramic Exhibition, Pottery Workshop, Shanghai, China
Archie Bray Residents Show, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA
Resident Artist Summer Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
International Asian Art Fair, The Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, NY
SAC Graduate Students Exhibition, NTID Gallery, Rochester, NY

2006  
25th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Australia
Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramic Award, Australia
International Asian Art Fair, The Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, NY
M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

2005  
4th Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, Korea
SNU Ceramics Alumni Art Fair, Han Gallery, Seoul, Korea
28th ‘CLAY’ Exhibition, Han Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Raglan Gallery Ceramic Award, Raglan Gallery & Cultural Centre, Australia

2003  
26th ‘CLAY’ Exhibition, Noam Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Professional Experience

2015 -      
Member of International Academy of Ceramics (UNESCO, Geneva, Switzerland) 

2011-12      
Board Member, The Northeast Wisconsin Arts Council (newARTS)

2009      
Workshop (Mold-making and Slip-casting in Ceramics), Piedmont College, Demorest, GA
Workshop (Fundamentals of Slip Casting), University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

2007          
Artist-in-Residence, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT

2007      
Artist Lecture: Lecture at Archie Bray Foundation

2006-07      
Graduate Assistantship (Gas & Electric Kilns, Inventory), Rochester Institute of Technology

2006-08      
Studio Assistant for Richard Hirsch and Michael Rogers

2002          
Graduate Assistantship (Gas & Electric Kilns, Inventory), Seoul National University

 

Publications

NEW CERAMICS, March/April 2015: 52.
DVD: Fundamentals of Mold Making & Slip Casting, Guy Michael Davis, May 2011
Ceramics Monthly, Minkyu Lee: Hidden Structure Revealed by David Damkoehler, March 2011: 44-47.
Ceramics Space & Life, World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, 2009: 148-149.
The 8th International Ceramics Competition MINO Japan, 2008: 140.
28th Concurs International de Ceramica L’Alcora 2008: 44.
International Triennial of Silicate Arts, 2008.

2007
China Jingdezhen International Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition: 150.
Ceramics TECHINCAL No.24, 2007: 35-37.

 

Awards

2015    
Juror (Beth Lo)’s Merit Award, All about Porcelain, The Clay Studio of Missoula, MT

2014    
Grant in Aid of Research, Institute of Research, UW - Green Bay (Spring 2014)

2013    
Grant in Aid of Research, Institute of Research, UW - Green Bay (Spring 2013)

2012    
Grant in Aid of Research, Institute of Research, UW - Green Bay (Fall 2012)
Grant in Aid of Research, Institute of Research, UW - Green Bay (Spring 2012)

2011    
AVD Faculty Development Award, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
Grant in Aid of Research, Institute of Research, UW - Green Bay (Fall 2011)

2010    
2nd Place, 66th Art Annual Juried Exhibition, Neville Museum, Green Bay, WI
Grant in Aid of Research, Institute of Research, UW - Green Bay (Fall 2010)
Grant in Aid of Research, Institute of Research, UW - Green Bay (Spring 2010) 

2009    
AVD Faculty Development Award, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

2008        
2nd Place (Non-Functional Category), The 11th New York-Tokyo Friendship Ceramics
Competition by Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Nippon Gallery, New York, NY
Honorable Mention, The 8th International Ceramics Competition MINO, Japan
The John Wiley Jones Scholarship, Rochester Institute of Technology

2006, 07    
SAC Graduate Scholarship Award, Rochester Institute of Technology

2005        
Gold Award, Raglan Gallery Ceramic Award, Australia
Honorable Mention, 4th Cheongju International Craft Competition, Cheongju, Korea