WRITER: BRIAN SHAWVER
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Work of metalsmith Kyung-Hee Hong will be shown at UI Museum of Art
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will exhibit
works of metalsmith Kyung-Hee Hong from April 10 to May 17. An opening
reception for the exhibition will be in the museum at 3:30 p.m., Friday,
Both the reception and the exhibition will be open to the public free
The works on view will include examples of Hong's metal sculptures as
well as examples of her jewelry. Hong's sculptures exhibit her career-long
fascination with natural forms, as well as her use of materials not traditionally
associated with metal sculpture, including Plexiglas and mirrors. The exhibition
will contain primarily recent works, which represent Hong's current interest
in larger sculpture with contrasting shapes, colors and textures.
Robert Rorex, professor in the UI School of Art and Art History, commented:
"These new works undeniably stand on their own, but they acquire a
greater complexity of interest when seen in the perspective of the earlier
phases of Ms. Hong's ongoing creative career."
Hong, an associate professor at Hong-Ik University in Seoul, South Korea,
is currently a visiting scholar and artist-in-residence at the UI. Her
work has been widely praised and honored with awards in her native country.
This is her first solo exhibition in the United States.
Funding for the exhibition comes primarily from the UI Center for Asian
and Pacific Studies.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City,
is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots
across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni
Center, which is just north of the museum.