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Hee Sook Kim is Professor and Chair of Fine Arts at Haverford College, where she has taught since 2002. Kim earned her MFA and BFA in painting and printmaking at Seoul National University and an MA in printmaking at New York University. She has been the recipient of several prizes including the Fleisher Art Memorial Wind Challenge Award (Philadelphia), the Special Prize Arte Laguna (Venice), a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (New York), a Leeway Foundation Grant (Philadelphia), a State Foundation of Culture and Arts Acquisition Award (Hilo, Hawaii), Honorary Mention in the Encyclopedia of Living Artists, and a Merit Award from the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. In 2017 she received the Innovative Teaching Award from Haverford College.

She has been an artist-in-residence at Venezia Fallani (Venice, Italy), Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM), Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art (Gwangju, South Korea), Ascona Centro Incontri Umani (Ascona, Switzerland), Collaborative Press (Los Angeles, CA), Helene Wurlitzer Foundation (Taos, NM), Brandywine Workshop (Philadelphia, PA), Villa Montalvo (Saratoga, CA), Millay Colony (Austerlitz, NY) and a full fellowship award winner at the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT). 

Solo Exhibitions include Galerie Böhner (Mannheim, Germany), Causey Contemporary (New York, NY), Colorida Art Gallery (Lisbon, Portugal), Black Box Gallery, Johnson State College (Johnson, VT), Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College (Haverford, PA), Center for Contemporary Printmaking (Norwalk, CT), Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art (Gwangju, South Korea), Artside Gallery, Dam Gallery (Seoul, Korea), Chi Gallery (New York, NY), Abbei Gallery (Cologne, Germany), University of New Mexico Art Museum (Albuquerque, NM), Helene Center for the Visual arts (Lamoni, IA), Kansas City Artists Coalition (Kansas City, MO), Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia, PA), LaGuardia Gallery of Fine Arts (New York, NY), Metrolex Gallery (Lexington, KY), TMCC Main Gallery (Reno, NV), Bleecker Street Gallery (Carrboro, NC), Artsforum Gallery (New York, NY), Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA), Marwick-Boyd Fine Arts Center (Clarion, PA), Newspace Gallery (Manchester, CT), Municipal Gallery (Atlanta, GA), Kwanhoon Art Center (Seoul, South Korea), and Yoon Gallery (Seoul, South Korea). She has had two-person shows at Allens Lane Art Center (Philadelphia, PA), Indianapolis Art Center (Indianapolis, IN), Lincoln Center (Fort Collins, CO), and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, NC). Her work has appeared as part of group exhibitions at Osaka City Museum (Osaka, Japan), the Fukuoka Prefectural Museum (Fukuoka, Japan) and the Doyusha Gallery (Doyusha, Japan), the Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx, NY) , the Drawing Center (New York, NY), Asian American Art Center (New York, NY), Bronx River Art Center, the Queens Museum (Queens, NY), Walter Wickiser Gallery, (New York, NY) Art Mora (New York, NY), and the Korean Cultural Center (Washington, D.C.).  Additionally, her work has been shown at the National Museum of Modern Art (Seoul, South Korea), Seoul Art Cosmos Center (Seoul, South Korea), Taipei City Museum of Art (Taipei, Taiwan), Le Centre d'Estudis d'Art Contemporani (Barcelona, Spain), Galleria de Marchi (Bologna, Italy), and Ulft, Netherlands.

Kim’s pieces are in many collections throughout the United States, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan and have received numerous reviews in national and international journals, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Artsy Curatorial, On Verge, Contemporary Art Curator, New York Arts Magazine, Truce Magazine, Korea Times, etc.

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