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Komelia Okim

Komelia Okim


Artist Information

Montgomery County
240 447-6029
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Bio

Komelia Hongja OKIM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Professor Emeritus of Metal Art   Montgomery College: Rockville, MD


MFA & BA           Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (1973:& 1969)

BFA Honorary     Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea (2007/8)

Studio                 722 Anderson Ave. Rockville, MD 20850; (301) 251-8933;Fax: (301) 738-1670;

                           Cell: (240) 447-6029;


Selected Solo Exhibitions from 30 Shows:


2014/9-10     “Forge From the Fire: Retrospective Exhibit”, VisArt, Kaplan Gallery, Rockville Town Center

2013/10        “My Life Journey As An Artist & As an Educator”, A Retrospective Exhibition Spanning Over 40

                      Years of Creative Work”, Sarah Silverman Gallery, Montgomery College, Rockville,, MD

2009/9-10     “Komelia Okim’s Recent Works”, Invitational, MK Gallery, McLean, VA

2007/8           “Landscape Fantasia”, Gallery Haute Classe, Chung-dam Dong, Seoul, Korea

2007/7          “Mirrorscape”. H Gallery of the Gallery Hyundai,Up-gu-jung Dong, Seoul, Korea

2005              “Landscape Fantasia: Recent Sculptures”, Sponsored By the Asia Society,

                      Washington Center, HNTB Architecture, Washington, DC

2004              “Honoring Tradition: Perspectives of 3 Asian American Women Artists’

                (3 One-Person Shows) Ball State University, Museum of Art, Muncie, IN                

2003              “ Reflections of Two Worlds: A Korean Heritage Metalwork by                                           

                 Komelia Hongja Okim”, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI

2002/ 1           “Solo Traveling Exhibition”, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Nova Scotia College of Art &    

                 Design, Nova Scotia, Canada

2001/12          & Centre Culturel Coreen, Paris, France

2001              “A Retrospective Exhibition”, Paul Peck Art Gallery, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

2000              “Visiting Artist Show”, The Common’s Gallery, University Of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

1987              “Solo Invitational: Wall Mirrors, Vessls, Poongkyung” Mungborang, Hyatt, Seoul, Korea

1994,’86,’81   “Featured Metal Art Solo Exhibition”, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

1993              “Featured Metal Art Invitational”, Asian Arts Center Gallery, Towson University, MD


Selected Museums, Public and Private Collections:


Korean Minister of Women’s Affair, Paik YoungHee (2/2011)

Ewha Womans University Museum, Seoul, Korea (2010, 2007)

Giselle & Ben Huberman Collection, Washington DC (2009, 2000)

Blue House (Korean President’s House), Seoul, Korea (2008)

Yunnan Hanrongxuan Culture & Art Museum, Kunming City, Yunnan, China (2006)

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England (2005)

Ball State University Museum of Art, Muncie, IN (2004)                                                                                        

The Embassy of Korea, Minister of Public Affairs Residence, McLean, VA (2004)

Esmod Cole Fashion School, Seoul, Korea (2001, 2004)

Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY (2003)

Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI (1999, 2000, 2003)

Ronald Abramson Collection. Bethesda, MD (1982, 1994, 2002)

Eugenie Benser Collection, Baltimore, MD (2002,00,98)

Paul Peck Collection, McLean, VA (2002)

Building Bing & MyungBoRang, Seoul, Korea (2001)

Sonny Kamp Collection, Los Angeles, CA (2001)

B S Rabinovitch Collection, Seattle, WA (2001)                                                                                        

The Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, HI (1999, 2000)

Racine Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI (1996)

Pierese Cosmetic Museum, Seoul, Korea (1994)

Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), Seoul, Korea (1994)

Korean National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyungki Do, Korea (1989)

Paul Wolf Collection, Washington DC (1988)

Elmerina Packman Collection, Kensington, MD (1982)

Indiana University Museum, Bloomington, IN (1973)


Honors & Awards:


* Appointed as International Advisory Committee Members for the 7 the Cheongju International Craft Biennale

  Competition,  Cheongju, Korea (9/21-10/30, 2011)

* Education Award”, by the National College & University Association, Austin, TX (5/ 2009)  

35 Year of Service Award”, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD (12/2008)  

* “Proud Ewhaian Recognition Award”, North American Ewha Alumnae Assoc. FL (11/2008)   

* Woman Designer Leadership Award”, WDL International Fair 2008, The Designer Center

   Sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Industries International Trade & Energy, Seoul, Korea(10/’08)                                                   * “FY09 Creative Projects Grant Award”, MD Arts & Humanities, MD (7/2008) 

* “Excellence Teaching & Service Award”, Montgomery College, (5/2008) 

* Honorary Degree (BFA) received by Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea (8/2007)  

* Art Bridging Two Cultures: Korea & America,(Keynote Speaker) “2006 China International 

   Forum”, Kunming City, Yunnan, China (10/2006) 

* Special Service Award, Washington Guild of Goldsmith, Metropolitan of Washington D C (2005)    

* Honoring 40 People for the 40th Anniversary, Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, MD (2003)   

* Excellence in Education Award, Arts & Humanities Council, Montgomery County, MD (2003)   

* Korea Craft Council Recognition & Award, The Arts Center, Seoul, Korea (2002)   

* Montgomery College Foundation Grant, Rockville, MD (2001)   

* Fulbright Exchange Senior Scholar Korea– taught at Hong-ik University (1982-’83) &   

  Won-Kwang University (1994-‘95) Researching Korean Metal Surface Techniques

*Montgomery Country Arts Council Grant ,Research on Coloring Metals. (1988-89)