Hongik University Art School Graduates Celebrate Perseverance at 40th Anniversary Show


“The Day My Mother Got Married – West Sea” by Choi Jung-sook (Courtesy Choi Jung-sook)

In the 1970s, when it was still difficult for South Korean women to establish an artistic career, a group of female students from Hongik University College of Fine Arts came together to shatter stereotypes and challenge social norms. conservative.

In 1982, they formed the Hongik Women Artists Association and organized an exhibition that has continued every year without interruption for 40 years. Now the 40th Anniversary Exhibition – “Hongik Root Now! Again! “- takes place at the Hongik Museum of Art, with some 180 Korean and foreign artists. All are female graduates of the university’s art school.

“Graduates stubbornly pursued their artistic careers, no matter where they were. I respect the senior artists who initiated the exhibition decades ago. They were given fewer opportunities than male painters at the time, ”Choi Jung-sook, president of the Hongik Women Artists Association, told the Korea Herald.

“I also temporarily stopped painting after I got married and started raising children. But I was also encouraged by other artists who are pursuing their artistic careers through this exhibition. While we all have a desire to be recognized by art critics and people, what is more important is to be recognized by ourselves, ”she added.

“Flower Baby” by Song Kyung (Courtesy of Choi Jung-sook)

Hongik University College of Fine Arts is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country. Its graduates include renowned artists such as Park Seo-bo, Ha Chong-hyun, Lee Kun-yong, Suh Seung-won, and Kang Ik-joong.

Song Kyung, the 87-year-old artist who initiated the group show in 1982 and remains active in the art world, has joined the 40th anniversary exhibition. His painting “Flower Baby” is part of the exhibition.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the exhibition, the association will publish a brochure detailing the stories of women art school graduates and how they persevered in their artistic careers.

The exhibition opened on Tuesday and continues until 6 p.m. Monday at the Hongik Museum of Art in Mapo-gu, Seoul.

An installation view of “Hongik Root Now! Again! ”At the Hongik Museum of Art (courtesy Choi Jung-sook)

By Park Yuna ([email protected])


Kayleen C. Rice

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