Media Arts, Other, Visual Arts
Mina Cheon (PhD, MFA) is a Korean American global new media artist, scholar, and educator who divides her time between Baltimore, New York, and Seoul, Korea. Cheon has exhibited her political pop art known as “Polipop” internationally and draws inspiration from global media and popular culture to produce work that intersects politics and pop art in evocative ways. Her thematic focus includes geopolitical and contested spaces, race culture and postcolonialism, and Asia’s relationship to the Western world in global media culture. In particular, Cheon has worked on North Korean awareness and global peace projects since 2004. While Cheon creates work that range in medium from new media, video, installation, performance, and public projects to traditional media of painting and sculptures, the content of the work is in historic alignment to appropriation art and global activism art. Cheon is the writer of Shamanism and Cyberspace (Atropos Press, Dresden and New York, 2009), contributor for ArtUS, Wolgan Misool, New York Arts Magazine, and Artist Organized Art (New Observations Magazine), and is also a Board of Directors of the New Media Caucus of the College Art Association and an Associate Editor of the Media-N, its academic journal.
Cheon has exhibited her work and/or in the collection of the Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul Olympic Museum, American University Museum, Smith College Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Art Place Contemporary Art Center, Insa Art Space Korean Arts Council, C.Grimaldis Gallery, Lance Fung Gallery, Trunk Gallery, and represented by Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York. This fall, Cheon’s art is featured at the international Busan Biennale 2018 in Korea.
Awarded the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Unity Week Award for her efforts promoting cultural diversity within and beyond her college, she is a Full-time Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); was a visiting professor and lecturer at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea; and a mentor of Art-Uni-On, a global mentorship network by Hyundai Co. and the Seoul National University College of Fine Arts. Cheon received her PhD in Philosophy of Media and Communications from the European Graduate School, European University for Interdisciplinary Studies, Switzerland; has two MFA degrees, one in painting from the Hoffberger School of Painting, MICA and another MFA in Imaging Digital Arts from UMBC; and her BFA is in painting from Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.