FRI | FEB 1 | 5:30 PM | EXHIBITION
Opening Reception: FRI, FEB 1, 5:30-7:30 PM
Gallery Dates: SAT, FEB 2 - SUN, MAR 3
Gallery Hours: SAT & SUN, 12-5 PM; weekdays by appointment
Tickets: $5 Suggested Donation/FREE for Members, Students & Teens
About Wonju Seo: Wonju Seo is a New Jersey-based contemporary Pojagi artist born in Seoul Korea, where she received her B.F.A in Fine Arts Painting from Hong-Ik University in 1988. Seo’s work is based on Korean culture and a long history of women’s lives with their artistic inspiration in ancient Korea. Her work represents a unique type of textile art, which utilizes traditional Korean sewing method that retains the beautifulness of color and shape of Pojagi with a modern twist. Currently she is working and living in Bergan County NJ.
Seo is the recipient of the 2018 and 2012 Individual Artist Fellowship New Jersey State Council on the Arts and QBL Fellowship from the Schweinfurth Art Center, NY. She received Thomas Contemporary Quilt Recognition Award (Collector’s Choice) from Visions Art Museum, CA and Honorable Mention from Smithtown Township Arts Council. Her art works have been selected by juries for many arts competitions and nationally and internationally have been exhibiting in galleries and museums. Seo’s works are in the permanent collections of the Newark Museum, NJ and the Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University, NY.
About Pojagi: Originally, Pojagi is Korean wrapping cloth made out of natural fabric such as ramie, hemp and silk. Korean women, who lived in a Confucian culture way back in ancient Korea between 14C and 19C spent their time mostly in making all kind of traditional household items including Pojagi using hand sewing for both every day and ceremonial use on their daily bases. The original functions of Pojagi are wrapping, storing, transporting everything from precious ritual objects to everyday items. After 20th century, one of ancient Korean household items, Pojagi became a Korean cultural icon, and started transforming as a unique textile art.
Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts dba Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Council Members Adrienne Adams, Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Francisco Moya, Paul A. Vallone, and Jimmy Van Bramer; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.
Support for our programs is also provided by Atlantic Philanthropies Director/Employee Designated Gift Program, Cathay Bank, Michael Cheng / Epos Development, Chinese Overseas University, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Heidi & Jonathan Davis, Exploring the Metropolis, Steven Facey, Kuang-Yu Fong / Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, The Glow Foundation, Heather Harrison, Raymond D. Jasen, Jim Henson Foundation, Keith Haring Foundation, Ellen Kodadek, Kenneth Koranyi, Nelson Lee / Flushing Bank, Law Offices of Vincent Toomey, James S. Liao, Emily Lin / Lin & Loveall Foundation, Linden Arts Fund for Children, Anita Liu, Louis Armstrong Education Foundation, Lyell Korea, Materials for the Arts, William McClure, NYC & Company Foundation, New York Community Bank Foundation, Northwell Health, Queens Art Education Center / Arthur Liu, Queens College, Queens Courier, Georgiana Reese-Benatti, RuDance / Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Vincent Toomey, Mei Ya Tsai, Veronica Tsang, Claire Shulman, Tai & Tony Wang / WAC Lighting, Jay Wegman, Jonathan White, Edwina & Eldwin Wong, Minwen Yang, Hank Yeh, and gifts made in loving memory of Amal Hussain and Irene and Maxwell Seligman.