Komelia Okim Interview
Komelia Okim, Artist, currently exhibiting in the VisArts Kaplan Gallery,
“Fire From the Forge”, through October 5, 2014
What Komelia loves about VisArts? Artist-centered gallery exhibitions and educational opportunities for young artists.
Komelia has a fascinating background. She is one of eight children and moved to Hawaii at the age of 21. After attending Ewah Woman’s University in Seoul for three years, Komelia transferred to the University of Indiana where she received a B.A. and M.F.A. She is both an artist and an educator, having taught at Montgomery College for more than 40 years. As a Korean-American artist, master metal smith and educator, Komelia has exhibited and conducted lectures and workshops around the world.
Komelia has had an affiliation with VisArts for nearly 15 years, both as a curator and exhibitor. She is currently exhibiting her work in our Kaplan Gallery. The exhibition in our Gibbs Street Gallery showcases sculpture and jewelry of forty-two artists who at some point in their careers had an opportunity to study with Komelia.
Komelia describes the VisArts Gallery space as “fantastic,” providing three distinct exhibition spaces. She credits Susan Main, VisArts’ Curatorial Consultant, with creating a professional gallery experience that is extremely artist centered - from the artist selection process to the exhibition installation.
As an educator, she feels that VisArts plays an important role in providing educational opportunities for college students and young artists who serve as volunteers and interns, and professional development opportunities for experienced artists who rent studio space as participants in VisArts’ Resident Artists program.
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