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 based in Seoul and New York. She 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, Korea; 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.

Kim 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 viewing room in New York, and A-Lounge Gallery in Seoul. Her interdisciplinary project, “Interplay,” received the Art and Technology Grant from the Korea Arts Council and was showcased in Seoul in October 2022.

During her stay at MacDowell in 2012, Kim worked on a series of paintings that were utilized for a performance later that year, entitled Still Life. In 2022, she created a series of landscape paintings for her next project. Using “Interplay” as the baseline, the project will be an installation of paintings, video projections, objects, and a VR experience. It examines the relationship between the artist and the viewer in the world of painting and VR.



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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