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Sunkoo Yuh // Guardians
2012
26 inches x 21 inches x 20 inches
porcelain, cone 10, glazed

SUNKOO YUH

The ceramic sculpture of SunKoo Yuh, who was born in South Korea in 1960 and immigrated to the United States in 1988, is composed of tight groupings of various forms including plants, animals, fish, and human figures. While Korean art and Buddhist and Confucian beliefs inform some aspects of his imagery, his work is largely driven by implied narratives that often suggest socio-political critiques. The Rubin Center has exhibited two monumental columns that showcase Yuh’s mastery of the complex narrative and of the ceramic medium. Yuh’s work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, among others. 

SunKoo Yuh is currently Associate Professor at the University of Georgia, Athens.  He received his MFA from Alfred University. He has exhibited widely and has received many awards and honors.  In 2005-03 he was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, the Grand Prize at the 2nd World Ceramic Biennale International Competition, Icheon, Korea, The Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize and the Virginia A. Groot Foundation.  His work is in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea,  Oakland Museum of Art, California, and more.

SUNKOO YUH


EDUCATION

1997 M.F.A. New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, NY.  

1988 B.F.A. Hong Ik University, Seoul, Korea.



TEACHING AND APPOINTMENT

• Associate Professor at University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
2009 Summer Faculty at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME.

Summer Faculty at Santa Fe Clay, Santa FE, NM.

2008 Summer Faculty at UGA Abroad Program Cortona, Italy.

2006 Summer Faculty at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.

• Associate Professor at Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL.
2004-00          Assistant Professor at Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL.

2004 Visiting Faculty at The Korea University of Art, Seoul, Korea.

•             Summer Faculty at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME.
2000 Summer School Faculty at New York State University at Alfred, NY.  

2000-97 Lecturer at California State University Long Beach, CA.  

1997-95          Graduate Teaching Associate at Alfred University, Alfred, NY.  

 
 
RESIDENCE AND EXPERIENCE

2009 Visiting artist lecture at the University South Florida, Tampa, FL

Summer Faculty, The Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM

Summer Faculty, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

 
2008

“The Figure in Transition-Symposium”, GULDARGAARD, International     Ceramic Research Center, Skelskor, Denmark.

Visiting Artist workshop at New Mexico State University, Las Cruse, Las Cruse, NM.

Visiting Artist workshop at the The University of Alaska, Anchorage,

  Anchorage, AL.

Visiting artist workshop at the University of Iowa, Iowa-City, IA.

Visiting Artist workshop at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 
2007 “Ceramic Sculpture Intensive 2007”, Workshop, California State 

  University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA. (Two weeks)

NCECA Conference demonstration and lecture, Louisville International     

                        Convention Center, Louisville, KT. 

Visiting Artist California State University, San Jose, San Jose, CA.

Visiting Artist California State University, San Francisco, San Francisco,   

  CA.

Visiting Artist workshop at the College of Marin, Marin, CA. 

Visiting Artist workshop at the Georgia State University, Columbus, GA.

• “2006 Archie Bray International”, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT.
Workshop at the Art Center West, Roswell, GA.

2005 International Ceramic Workshop 2005, The 3rd World Ceramic Biennale 

Korea, Toya Ceramic Studio, Yeoju, Korea.

2004 Summer Visiting Artist at California State University Long Beach.

• Summer Visiting artist at New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred, NY. 
• Icheon International Ceramic Workshop, Icheon, Korea
Organized Korean Onggi Pottery Workshop, “ Onggi American Tour”

2000 Built kilns at Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

•             Commission:  “Mural Project” Anderson Consultant Company
El Sagundo, CA.

1997 Visiting Artist at California State University Long Beach.

Commission: Rockwell Corporation.

• Graduate Student, California State University Long Beach, CA.  
1994 “JICA” JINRO International Ceramic Workshop, Seoul, Korea.

1992 Visiting Artist at California State University Long Beach, CA.

1990-89 Visiting Artist at Kent State University, OH.

1988 Salt Kiln Workshop with Kirk Mangus & Eva Kwang, Seoul, Korea.  

Built Kilns for Olympic Cultural Ceremony, Seoul, Korea.

 

SELECTED  EXHIBITION

 
SOLO

 
2007 • “Sunkoo Yuh Sculpture and Drawing”, Nancy Margolis Gallery, NY, 

NY.

• “Along the way”, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA.

    (Catalogue)

2006 • “Figural Narratives by SunKoo Yuh”, Roswell Art Center West, 

    Roswell, GA.

2005 • “Microcosms in Memory: Recent work by Sunkoo Yuh”, Parkland 

  College Gallery, Champaign, IL.
• “Korea International Art Fair”, Tho Art, Seoul, Korea.
• “Recent Ceramic Sculpture”, Len G. Everett Gallery, Monmouth 

   College, Monmouth, IL.         

2002 • “Mundane Expressions”, Visual Arts Gallery, University of Illinois at  

   Springfield, Springfield, IL.

2001 • “Mundane Life”, Western Illinois University Art Gallery, Macomb, IL.

2000 • SOFA 2000, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

1999 • Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.  

1997 • Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.  

1995 • To-Art Space, Seoul, Korea.


GROUP


2009

• “3 from Korea”, Inaugural exhibition at the Mindy Solomon Gallery, St.

    Petersburg, FL.

• “2009 Renwick Crafts Invitational”, Renwick Gallery of the     

   Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

• “A Passionate Observer: A Tribute to Helen W. Drutt English”, 

  The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA.

• “Traditions & Diversions: Georgia Clay Now”, Hudgens Center for 

   Arts, Duluth, GA.

• “La Mesa”, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ.

 
2008

• “SOFA Chicago”, Navy Peer, Chicago, IL.

• “Communication and Expansion”, Korea-China Ceramic Exhibition 

    for 2008 Beijing Olympic, Beijing Korean Cultural Center, Beijing, 

    China. (Catalogue)

•  “Characters: Views of the figure in Clay, The Columbus Museum, 

    Columbus, GA.

• “The Figure in Transition-Symposium, GULDARGAARD, International      

   Ceramic Research Center, Skelskor, Denmark.

• “SOFA New York”, Seventh Regiment Armory, NY, NY.

• “Seven Deadly Sins”, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

•  “Sip, Slurp, Gulp”, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.

• “The Greatest Show on Earth”, Three Rivers Arts Festival Gallery, 

    Pittsburgh, PA.

• “ Voices”, Invitational Exhibition NCECA 2008, Society for 

  Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA. (Catalogue)


2007      

• “Beginnings: Sculptors as Draftsmen”, Nancy Margolis Gallery, NY,    

  NY.

• “SOFA Chicago”, Navy Peer, Chicago, IL. 

• “SOFA New York”, Seventh Regiment Armory, NY, NY.

• “Collaborative Vessels”, Jean-Pierre Larocque, Tony Marsh, Sunkoo 

    Yuh, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe. NM.

• “Native Soil“, The Hudgens Art Center, Duluth, GA.  

• “National Contemporary Figurative Ceramic Sculpture Invitational”,

    Kimura Gallery, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK.

• “AGAPE”, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. 

• “37th Annual Ceramics Exhibition”, Crossman Gallery, University of  

   Wisconsin, Whitewater, WI. 

• “NCECA Demonstrator Exhibition”, Louisville International     

 Convention Center, Louisville, KT.

• “This, That and Those People”, Samji Gallery, Seoul, Korea. (Catalogue)

• “American Masterpiece Exhibition”, Southern Art Federation, Atlanta,

   GA. (Traveling Exhibition)

2006        

• “International Academy of Ceramic USA Member’s Exhibition”, 

    Broderick Gallery, Portland, OR.

• “SOFA Chicago”, Navy Peer, Chicago, IL.

• “SOFA New York”, Seventh Regiment Armory, NY, NY. 

• “Inaugural Exhibition”, The Gallery, Herb Villege, Korea. 

•  “Archie Bray International 2006”, Archie Bray Foundation Gallery, 

    Helena, MT.

•  Penland Summer Faculty Exhibition, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC.

•  “Nature/Culture”, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM.

• “100 Teapots Show”, Signature Shop & Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

2005

• “Communicating & Extending”: International Ceramic Exhibition

     Korea, China, Japan, Milal Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea.

• “A Tale to Tell”, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI.

• “A Review to Renew”, World Ceramic Biennale International 2001- 05, 

   Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon, Korea.

• “On the Contrary”, Broad St. Gallery, University of Georgia, Athens,         

    GA.

• Inaugural Exhibition “Ceramics: 1995-2005”, Hurong Lou Gallery, 
Philadelphia, PA.

•  Transformation: Contemporary Works in Ceramics, Alcazar Gallery,  

     Baltimore School of the Arts, Baltimore, MD.

• “Excess”; a group exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA.

• “The Scripps 61st Ceramic Annual”, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery,      

     Claremont, CA.

• World Contemporary Ceramics: Trans-Ceramic-Art, Icheon World 

    Ceramic Center, Icheon, Korea.

2004

• “Artists Select Artists Exhibition”, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN.

• “Asian American Ceramics”, Kentucky Museum of Arts + Design,      

          Louisville, KC.  

• “International Academy of Ceramic Members Exhibition”, Icheon                    

    World Ceramic Center, Icheon, Korea.

• “Craft 5”, Maga Museum, Yongin, Korea.

•  Faculty Exhibition, WIU Art Gallery, Macomb, IL.

• “Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition/Auction”, The Clay Studio, 

     Philadelphia, PA.

•  SOFA New York.

 
2003

• “Transformation”: Contemporary Work in Ceramics, the Elizabeth R.    

    Raphael Founder’s Exhibition, Society for Contemporary Craft,            

    Pittsburgh, PA.

• The 2nd World Ceramic Biennale 2003 Korea International 

   Competition, Icheon, Korea.

• Clay bodies: Staffordshire figurative ceramics from the collection of D& 

   Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld, Gail-Oxford Decorative Art Gallery, Long Beach 

   Museum of Art, CA.

• SOFA New York.

• Faculty Exhibition, WIU Art Gallery, Macomb, IL.

•  “Mastery of clay”, Clay studio, Philadelphia, PA.

• “Hundreds of cups”, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM.

• Poetics of Clay: An International Perspective, Houston Center for       Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX.

• Generation: Impending Lineage, Art and Industry Gallery, San Diego,      

   CA.


• Ceramic Masterworks: 1962-2002, Moderne Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

• SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL.

• IAC Members Exhibition, Fine Arts Academy Hall, Athens, Greece.

• “Poetics of Clay: An International Perspective”, 

   Konstindustrimuseet- Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland.

• “58th Juried Exhibition”, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA.

• “2002 Haystack Summer”, Blue Heron Gallery, Deer Isle, ME.

• “Haystack Faculty Show”, Haystack Mountain School of crafts, Deer Isle, ME. 

• Faculty Exhibition, WIU Art Gallery, Macomb, IL.


2001

• SOFA New York and Chicago.

• Expressing the Human Form: The Figure in Contemporary Ceramic     Sculpture, Baltimore Clayworks exhibition, Baltimore, MD.

• Faculty Exhibition, WIU Art Gallery, Macomb, IL.

• “Wayne Higby: Reunion”, Helen Drutt Gallery/ Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA.

• “Gallery Group Plus +”, Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

• The 1st World Ceramic Biennale 2001 Korea International Competition, 

Seoul, Korea.

• International Academy of Ceramic Members Exhibition, Seoul, Korea.

• “Poetics of Clay: An International Perspective”, Philadelphia Art Alliance,

Philadelphia, PA. 

 
2000

• “Faculty Exhibition”, WIU Art Gallery, Macomb, IL.

          • “ Regeneration”, Los Angeles Folk & Craft Museum, CA.

• “Life from Clay”, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA.

              • “Conceptions in Claywork: Korea 2000”, Indigos Gallery, Denver, CO.

• “The 7th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition”, 

    University of Hawaii at the Monoa Art Gallery, HI.  

• “Between Sand”, Gallery Sagan, Seoul, Korea. 

•    SOFA in Chicago, IL. 

                     
1999

• “Twentieth Century Art at the Turn of the Millennium”, Helen Drutt  

  Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

• “RENDEZVOUS 99” Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE.

• “Cloth and Clay”, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA.

• SOFA in New York, NY

 
1998

• Long Beach ’98 Faculty Biennial, University Art Museum, CA.

• Seoul Contemporary Ceramic Show, Seoul, Korea.

• “Five Sculptors Figurative Work”, Diane Nelson Fine Art,

    Laguna Beach, CA.

• SOFA in New York, NY.

 
1997

• \\\"New Generation\\\", Shaw Guido Gallery, Pontiac, MI.

• Seoul Contemporary Ceramic Show, Seoul, Korea.

• “SOFA” in Chicago, IL.

• \\\\\\\"Power of Clay\\\\\\\", Walker Hill Museum, Seoul, Korea.

• M.F.A. Thesis Show, Alfred University, NY.

• \\\\\\\"Crossing Borders\\\\\\\", Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, NY.


1996

• JINRO International Ceramic Art Exhibition, Bilzen, Belgium.

•\\\\\\\"Made in Kent 1985-96\\\\\\\" Kent State University Art Gallery, OH.

• Summer Student Group Show, Alfred University,          

  Alfred Student Show for NCECA Tour.

 
1995

• Seoul Contemporary Ceramic Contest, Seoul, Korea.

• Kwang Ju Ceramic Biennial, Kwang Ju, Korea.

• Invited Group Show, Habatat/Shaw Gallery, Michigan.

  • \\\\\\\"Young Power\\\\\\\" Cafe Gallery, CA.

• Protection and Revelation Fiber Exhibition, College of Art     

  Gallery, Cal State Long Beach, CA.

 
 
1994

• The 4th International Exhibition of JINRO Ceramic Art, Seoul, Korea.    

• \\\\\\\"On the Site of 95\\\\\\\", Gate Gallery, Angels Gate Cultural Center, CA.

 
1993-89 • Exhibition of Korean Artist of Southern California, Korean 

  Cultural Center, CA.

 
            • Student Group Show, Gallery of Cal State Long Beach, CA.

• “1990’s Forecast Contemporary Ceramic”, Tague, Korea.

 
•                 • B.F.A Exhibition Hong Ik University Museum, Seoul, Korea.
• Ceramic Student Exhibition, Seoul Culture Center, Seoul, Korea.


1986 • Clay Sculpture Competition, TO gallery, Seoul, Korea.

 

AWARDS AND PRIZES

2008 University of Georgia Faculty Research Fellowship.

2007 M.G. Michael Research Award.

2005 The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.

University of Georgia Faculty Research Grant.

2004 Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship Award.

• Grand Prize: The 2nd World Ceramic Biennale International Competition, 
Icheon, Korea.

The Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize.

Third place: The Virginia A. Groot Foundation.

2001 Bronze Award: World Ceramic Exposition Korea International 

Competition, Icheon, Korea.

Grant “Onggi American Tour”, Korea Foundation, Seoul Korea.

2000           Western Illinois University Research Grant, Macomb, IL.

•               Korean Alumni Award: Alfred University, Alfred, NY.
•               Excellence Prize: Seoul Contemporary Ceramic Competition, Seoul, Korea.
 
 
NOTICES AND REVIEWS

• “Along the way”, Exhibition Catalogue, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Sep 21, 07
• “Art in review”, exhibition review, The New York Times, Feb, 23, 07, Roberta Smith
• “Masters: Porcelain”, book,  Lark Book, 2007
• “Visionary Ceramics”, Article, American Ceramics, Issue 152, 07, Arthur Coleman Danto, pp 38-42
• “Alive Alive-O”, Exhibition Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct 26, 07, Larry Becker
• “Monster Magnate”, Art Review, Philadelphia Citypaper, Nov 27, 07