Sumita Kim, an artist and Professor of Art at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, was born in Gwang-ju, South Korea. Growing up in Seoul with artist and journalist parents, she developed a deep appreciation for the power of art and language at an early age.
After earning a B.A. in English Literature from Sogang University in Seoul, she came to the United States to continue her education, and she was awarded a Master’s degree in film-making from the American University in Washington, DC. She then worked for Voice of America as a broadcaster in the Korean Service.
Some years later, Kim decided to pursue a formal education in fine arts. She was admitted as a painting major to the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Maryland, College Park. After receiving this degree, she was hired as a full-time professor by Montgomery College. For the past twenty years, Kim has experienced immense joy teaching painting and drawing at the College.
Kim is currently the Painting Coordinator of the Art Department at the Rockville Campus of MC. From 2008 to 2011, she also served as the Chair of the Art Department. She has been an active member of the college community, serving on collegewide committees such as the General Education Revision Committee. In 2011, she was recognized for her excellence in teaching by earning the Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award.
While committing herself to teaching, she has continued her career as a practicing artist. She has exhibited in the venues including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and University of Mary Washington, in Virginia. Her one-person show, In Limbo, at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland, received a review in The Washington Post.