Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media, Visual Art – painting

Sunny Kim

Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media, Visual Art – painting
Region: Brooklyn, NY and Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
MacDowell fellowships: 1999, 2012, 2022

Sunny Kim is an artist who reconstructs emotions of loss and displacement into an image that blurs the boundaries between reality and illusion. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collections of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul; among others. Kim received her B.F.A. from Cooper Union, NY and her M.F.A. from Hunter College.

She was selected for the Korea Artist Prize 2017 and exhibited at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea in 2002, 2016, 2017, and 2021. Her recent solo exhibitions include those at the Nathalie Karg Gallery in New York, and A-Lounge Gallery in Seoul.

Her previous project, “Interplay,” received the Art and Technology Grant from the Korea Arts Council and will be showcased in Seoul in October 2022. “Interplay” serves as the baseline for her next project, “Composition,” for which she created a series of paintings at MacDowell in 2022. It will be an installation of paintings, video projections, objects, and a VR experience. The project examines the relationship between the artist and the viewer in the world of painting and VR.

During her first MacDowell residency in 2012, Kim worked on a series of still life paintings.



Sunny Kim worked in the Cheney studio.

Cheney Studio was given to MacDowell by Mrs. Benjamin P. Cheney and Mrs. Karl Kauffman. Like Barnard Studio, Cheney is a low, broadly massed bungalow. Sited on a steep westward slope, its porches are supported on wooden posts and fieldstone with lattices. Although it still retains its appealing character, the original design of the shingled building…

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