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