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SEOL WON FOUNDATION

 

 

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ABOUT:

The Seol Won Foundation aims to bridge cultures East and West through

scholarly exchanges, lectures, research, and vocational training for all age groups

and levels of expertise. Focusing particularly on the textile arts, the Foundation

strives to enhance public appreciation of the arts, highlight outstanding technical

and aesthetic achievement in arts and crafts, and encourage the examination of

art’s social and cultural roles through research and dialogue.

 

 
 
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EXCITING NEWS for C.E.M.

The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum partners with Google

Google Arts & Culture uses the latest technology to feature content from over 1,200 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world's treasures online.

The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum has joined with Google and can be explored on the Google Arts & Culture website. The comprehensive platform is filled with information, animated graphics and beautiful photos of C.E.M. exhibitions. Site visitors can even virtually "walk" through the museum (by clicking the little yellow person icon).

This partnership is a vital link to expand awareness of The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum's numerous activities in collecting, exhibiting and conducting surveys and research related to embroidery and textile relics of East Asia, special exhibitions and educational programs.


FINAL WEEKS. EXHIBITION CLOSES 4/27

THE MOVEMENT OF HERSTORY: KOREAN EMBROIDERY

THE LIFE AND ARTWORKS OF YOUNG YANG CHUNG AT THE KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY


at the Korean Cultural Center, Gallery Korea: 460 Park Ave. 6th Fl, New York City 

More information on The Movement of Herstory exhibition is available  

at the Korean Cultural Center's website CLICK HERE.


NEW EVENT: Friday, March 17,  6:30-8PM

The Korean Cultural Center New York presents a special lecture & music performance in conjunction with the exhibition: The Movement of Herstory: Korean Embroidery. The Life and Artworks of Young Yang Chung:

A Korean “Painter with Needles”: Young Yang Chung and the Art of Korean Embroidery

By curator Lee Talbot from The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum in Washington DC.

Friday, March 17,  6:30-8PM
Korean Cultural Center New York
460 Park Avenue, 6TH Floor, New York City

PLUS musical performance: Korean Traditional Music and Dance  (6:30 - 7:00)

For more information CLICK HERE


NEW YORK EXHIBITION:

The Movement of Herstory: Korean Embroidery

The Life and Artworks of Young Yang Chung at the Korean Cultural Center in new york city- March 2 - April 27.

Celebrating her roles as an Artist, Historian, Entrepreneur, Pioneer, and Mentor

Thursday, March 2nd to April 27th 2017
at the Gallery Korea (460 Park Ave. 6th Fl, NYC) 

Opening Reception on Wednesday, March 8th, 6 - 8 pm 

More information on The Movement of Herstory exhibition is available  

at the Korean Cultural Center's website. Click HERE


Young Yang Chung and Jack Larsen

On December 24th, SWF founder Young Yang Chung met LongHouse Reserve founder Jack Larsen at his home in New York City (after a concert at the The Morgan Library & Museum).


 

NYCulture Beat features C.E.M. "Threads of Splendor" exhibition as TOP NEWS STORY:

To read all about it and see exclusive photos of the exhibition click HERE and for even more info and photos click HERE.


OPENING RECEPTION FOR

THREADS OF SPLENDOR:

++ International contemporary textile artists display their art and their source of influence. Photo of Dr. Young Yang Chung below on Oct. 6th giving the opening remarks at The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum at Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul, South Korea. More information click HERE

For more photos of the reception, click HERE

 

THREADS OF SPLENDOR:

++ International contemporary textile artists display their art and their source of influence from Oct. 6th to Dec 30th at The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum at Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul, South Korea. More information click HERE.

For more photos of the exhibition,click HERE


SWF lends support to the arts & environment:

++  The Seol Won Foundation has contributed to the Watermill Center- a foundation that provides a haven for the next generation of artists who embrace avant-garde, multidisciplinary approaches, and Longhouse Reserve- a 16 acre reserve and sculpture garden that exemplifies living with art in all forms. The Longhouse collections, gardens, sculpture and programs reflect world cultures and inspire an environmentally focused creative life.

++ SWF founder, Dr. Young Yang Chung attended the 23rd annual Watermill Center summer benefit & auction in Water Mill, Long Island, New York. Luminaries from the worlds of art, fashion and philanthropy came to view artists from over 25 countries who created performance installations to benefit young and emerging artists.  

For information on the Watermill Center, click HERE

Dr. Young Yang Chung with Robert Wilson, the internationally known experimental theater performance artist and founder of the Watermill Center and conceptual artist ORLAN.

Dr. Young Yang Chung with Robert Wilson, the internationally known experimental theater performance artist and founder of the Watermill Center and conceptual artist ORLAN.


++  Seol Won Foundation founder Young Yang Chung met with Jack Larsen, the respected and well known textile designer at his beautiful Longhouse Reserve on Long Island, New York for the 25th anniversary celebration of the estate.  

For more information about the LongHouse Reserve click HERE.

Dr. Young Yang Chung and Jack Larson tour the LongHouse Reserve and discuss future joint projects.

Dr. Young Yang Chung and Jack Larson tour the LongHouse Reserve and discuss future joint projects.

Jutta Sayles, Doris Liebman and Young Yang Chung at the LongHouse Reserve.

Jutta Sayles, Doris Liebman and Young Yang Chung at the LongHouse Reserve.


SWF Royal robes in Washington, DC:

++ The Seol Won Foundation presented Joseon royal

robes in Washington, DC at the Korean Film Festival-

one of the largest celebrations of Korean cinema in

America on Friday,June 3 at the George Washington University

Elliot School Auditorium. More information click here.

SWF at the Korean Film Festival in Washington, DC:


Dr. Chung in the New York Times:

++ Dr. Young Yang Chung appeared in the New York Times wearing a traditional Hanbok gown photographed at The Korean Society dinner at the Plaza in New York City. Click here.

++ Dr. Young Yang Chung appeared in the New York Times wearing a traditional Hanbok gown photographed at The Korean Society dinner at the Plaza in New York City.

Click here.

++ SWF Director Young Yang Chung [second from right] at the The Korean Society Annual Dinner, 2016 in New York City.

Dr. Chung at Asia Week in New York City:


 

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For previous news and events see our EVENTS page. 

 

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SWF mission

The primary mission of the Seol Won Foundation USA is to

advance knowledge and appreciation of world textile arts and contemporary craft

while promoting cultural understanding between peoples East and West. By

sponsoring various types of art exhibitions and educational efforts—such as

lectures, workshops, research projects, study programs, and scholarly

exchange—the Foundation strives to highlight technical and artistic achievement

in contemporary craft; expand public knowledge of the myriad social and cultural

roles of craft production across time and place; and underscore the cross-cultural

dialogues that have enriched artistic expression and material life worldwide.

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The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea, is an exhibition, educational, and research facility dedicated to advancing the knowledge and appreciation of embroidery and textile arts.

 

Inaugurated in May 2004, the museum houses an extensive collection of

 embroidered and woven textiles representing various periods and regions.

The museum’s permanent collection, primarily focused on East Asian costume

and decorative arts, is among the most comprehensive of its kind in Asia. Its wide

scope illuminates the cross-cultural dialogues in technique and style that have

enriched textile arts. Through exhibition and education efforts, the museum seeks

to highlight the technical and artistic achievement of embroiderers across time

and place; expand understanding of the social and cultural roles that

textiles have fulfilled globally; and establish the art of embroidery as

a significant contribution to world culture. Housed in a new building

that includes exhibition galleries, an information center, a library,

conservation studios, classrooms, and a 300-seat auditorium, the museum aims

to become a leading center for scholarship in embroidery and other textile arts.

 

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SWF DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

      Dr. Young Yang Chung

      Dr. Young Yang Chung

The Seol Won Foundation USA has enthusiastically advanced its primary mission

of enhancing knowledge and appreciation of the textile arts while promoting

cultural understanding between peoples East and West.

As an embroiderer and educator, I have steadily pursued these goals since

my founding of the International Embroidery Institute in Seoul in 1965. I have

been fortunate over the almost five subsequent decades to have taught so many

eager and talented students, and to have received the patronage of so many supporters.

Since its inauguration, The Seol Won Foundation has sponsored exhibitions that

introduce contemporary artists from Korea to American audiences and American

artists to Korea, and has organized a wide range of educational efforts, from

hands-on textile workshops to symposia and lectures. Although the number of

sponsored exhibits and programs can be quantified, The Seol Won Foundation

has made significant but less tangible contributions. In an age when sophisticated

technology steadily diminishes direct social interaction, Seol Won Foundation

activities provide a welcoming platform for human contact. For hundreds of years,

activities associated with textile making, such as embroidery and quilting, have

served as important means of socialization, especially among women. The Seol

Won Foundation brings this tradition into today’s digital age with classes,

workshops, and the building of camaraderie among textile makers, often from

diverse cultures.

SEOL WON FOUNDATION EVENTS:

The Seol Won Foundation offers a robust calendar of programming. The Foundation supports activities ranging from art exhibitions to educational efforts including lectures, workshops, publications, and scholarly exchange.

+ 1965 Founding of the International Embroidery Institute in Seoul

+ 1967 First overseas exhibition of International Embroidery Institute artworks, in Tokyo, Japan; donation of embroidery supplies for school teaching handicapped children

+ 1968 Founding of the Friends of Seol Won

+ 1969 Exhibition of International Embroidery Institute artworks in Iran and Egypt

+ 1960s Contribution to kimchi fund for Korean soldiers serving in the Vietnam War, and to various charity organizations

+ 1979 Publication of The Art of Oriental Embroidery

+ 1980s Various workshops offered through the Embroiderer’s Guild of America

+ 2003 Publication of Painting with a Needle

+ 2004 Founding of The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea

+ 2004 Publication of exhibition catalogue Hidden Threads

+ 2004 Granted M.A. and Ph.D. scholarship for student studying at Nara University, Japan

+ 2005 Publication of Silken Threads: A History of Embroidery in China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam

+ 2005 Publication of exhibition catalogue Design: When the Lines Meet

+ 2006 Publication of exhibition catalogue Threads of Heaven: Textiles in East Asian Ritual and Ceremony

+ 2008 Publication of Rank from Divine Heaven: Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese Hyungbae

+ 2009 Organized exhibitions of artists Jon Eric Riis and Daniel Carranza at Sookmyung Women’s

University, Seoul, Korea

+ 2009 Publication of Sourcing the World: Jon Eric Riis Re-envisions Historic Tapestry

+ 2009 Publication of exhibition catalogue Dynamic Scent of Chinese Textiles

+ 2011 Founding of Seol Won Foundation USA

+ 2011 Sponsored U-Ram Choe: In Focus, the Asia Society, New York

+ 2011 Invited Living National Treasure Kim Tae-ja to New York for Korean embroidery

demonstration at the Museum of Art and Design, New York

+ 2011-12 Sponsored Korean Eye: Energy and Matter, Museum of Arts and Design, New York

+ 2012 Founding of Seol Won Foundation Korea

+ 2012 Publication of exhibition catalogue The Story of Painting with a

Needle

+ 2012 Organized international Fashion and Textile Symposium Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea

+ 2012 Organized workshop by New York artist and composer Jasun Martz at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea;

+ 2012 Sponsored lectures by Lee Talbot, Curator, The Textile Museum, Washington, at Sookmyung Women’s

University and Onyang Folk Museum in Korea

+ 2012 Contribution to Sookmyung Women’s University education fund

+ 2013 Contribution to Organization for Comfort Women, Seoul, Korea

+ 2013 Scholarship for Philadelphia fiber artist Sienna Martz, attending The Tyler School of Art

+ 2013 Organized textile workshop for New York City school teachers at the Asia Society, New York

+ 2013 Sponsored Korean History and Culture School, Pocono Valley, USA

 

 

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SWF EDUCATION:

The Seol Won Foundation actively fulfills its educational mission by supporting

diverse initiatives. The Foundation provides a wide range of opportunities for all

age groups and levels of expertise, from residencies and exhibition support for

established artists to self-improvement and vocational courses for adolescents

and beginners. Recent educational outreach activities include the sponsorship of

an international symposium in Seoul on fashion design and marketing;

two-year classes given at the Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum by master

embroiderer Kim Tae-ja and quilter Kim Mi-soon; several lectures in Korea

by visiting American curators and artists; an embroidery seminar at the Museum

of Art and Design in New York; a bojagi (Korean patchwork) workshop at

the Asia Society for art teachers in NYC schools; and an intensive seminar

on the technique, history, and connoisseurship of East Asian silk embroidery.

Scholarship assistance was provided for a Korean student’s MA and PhD studies

in conservation at Nara University in Japan, and another student’s

college education in Studio Art.