College Faculty/ Independent Curator/ Art Administrator
Ji Young Shim has strong and multiple perspectives and experiences to communicate in multicultural environment. Her career has been extensive: with respect to current status as Senior Curator at Open Gallery, and as former instructor of Art and Art Education at the Pennsylvania State University, with PhD degree in Art Education program (with minor in Social Thought) at the Pennsylvania State University; with M.A. degree in Arts Administration program at Teachers College, Columbia University in NYC; with M.F.A. and B.F.A. degrees in Western Painting and Print-Making department; with B.A. degree in Art History at Ewha Womans University in South Korea; her professional experience as an international artist as well as art educator, and her working experiences at art organizations as a project manager, chief curator, and administrative manager in New York City and South Korea, she has offered art world broader perspectives and knowledge.
Her research interest on public education associated with contemporary art, controversial issues in American Museums and administrative and educational strategies for taking-step-forward in order to coordinate valuable public program, multiculturalism, and so-called minorities, has been committed to art-related field for cultural justice. She believes that art is the best means of social justice and prosperous democracy, and thus she wants to contribute to the art for its own sake, but also toward a greater understanding of communication with the emerging/established artists, arts administrators, and art educators.
She describes her art world in two words: premium, mass. Giving the taken-for-granted/ordinary new meaning, she retranslates them with her own creative assumption. This process recreates her own inside culture in a new way.
Growing up between Asian and American culture in accordance with interactions with multicultural-based communities, feeling of misfit in anywhere and diverse identities grew inside her, combining social, cultural, and historical aspects of each. Under this circumstance, she has realized that something one culture considers ordinary can be turned into something valuable, rare, unpredictable, and precious when placed in a different culture.
Believing that pro-social behavior is empathy-based, she imparts a new meaning by distorting, radically contrasting, or exaggerating, to ordinary things which could be exotic, unordinary, and precious to her or someone else. Namely, she gives new meaning and value ordinary things by putting a premium, emotion, and illusion on them derived from her experiences of travels to unfamiliar places and life with surroundings including people, nature, and necessities.
“The more I place a premium on surroundings and objects, and the more I add my emotion to them, the closer I examine the world and the more interesting it becomes. This idea is closely related to my use of materials and objects from combination of analogue and digital in photography to abstract and realistic in painting. My art world is familiar to one person, while exotic and unusual to someone else. Also, my hope is that some people feel both aspects. Interpretation, recreation, retranslation should not be reinforced, but should be on viewers and/or creators, so that the art can be 'an experience’ to anyone and anything.” -J, Shim.