Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist: Stephanie Lee
Stephanie S. Lee studied at Busan Art High School in South Korea and earned a BFA from the Pratt Institute. She has been selected and invited as a participating artist nationwide at many art fairs including Scope Art, Spectrum Miami Art Show, Fountain Art Fair and Affordable Art Fairs. She is an active member of the New York Society of Women Artists (founded in 1925) and Korean American Contemporary Arts, Ltd. She runs the Piermont Flywheel Gallery with fellow artists, and is also a curator of an artist group called The Drawing Room.
As an artist and curator, she has held many exhibitions across the U. S. and overseas, and has been awarded on numerous occasions for her exceptional artwork. She is currently teaching Korean Folk Art Painting in the Queens area at the CUHN Culture Center in Flushing and MUD Genius in Bayside.
In her own artwork and teaching, she continues to introduce exquisite and delicate Korean Folk Art, known as minhwa, to the public and wishes to allure the public into the splendidness of Korean traditions and art.
Korean Minhwa Folk Painting
Many aspects of Asian culture such as art have been influenced by China. Before the collapse of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) in China, most paintings were done only by educated painters and shared mainly with those in the upper class, in the style of idealized landscapes in black and white. After the collapse, Korea was forced to build new artistic models based on an inner search for Korean subjects. Developed during the latter half of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1897), the last and longest imperial dynasty of Korea, folk paintings called minhwa became very popular. Minhwa paintings were done and shared by ordinary people with vibrant colors and energetic subject matters. These paintings were considered “true view” and decorated almost every household in Korea!
- Purchase of materials (one minhwa kit cost $4.50 each). The artist can procure the kits.
- A flat working space for each participant.
- A projection and screen. All other equipment is provided by the artist.
- Duration: 90 minutes.