Searching for the Real

About the Exhibition

The David McCune International Art Gallery at Methodist University presents “Searching for the Real,” an exhibition of drawings and painting by Mison Kim, at the William F. Bethune Center for Visual Arts. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 13. The opening reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public. The exhibit runs from Feb. 13 – April 15, 2015.

“The McCune Gallery Advisory Board made a decision this academic year to bring nationally recognized artists who have local connections,” said Silvana Foti, McCune Gallery Executive Director. “Mison Kim has achieved national success and has deep roots in Fayetteville.”

Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the United States with her family in 1986. She attended Seventy-First High School to complete her senior year. She won a prestigious Scholastic Art Award, The National Talent Search, and the 100th Anniversary Scholarships awarded by Pratt Institute of Art in New York City. This funding provided her with tuition to complete both a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts at the Pratt Institute, where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Fine Arts. Through her company Jadu7, Inc., she works as a fashion designer, illustrator, and consultant for Tory Burch, Talbots, Old Navy, and Federated Merchandising Group. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums in New York and North Carolina. Kim lives in Port Jervis, New York.

Janet Parks fondly remembers teaching Kim at Seventy-First High School. “In 1986, Mison Kim entered my 12th grade art class. She had recently arrived with her family from Seoul, Korea. From the start it was abundantly clear that she possessed extremely strong artistic abilities,” stated Janet Parks, former art teacher and member of the McCune Gallery Advisory Board. Parks designed an advanced art program for exceptionally talented art students seeking careers in the arts. Kim excelled in the program.

“We have stayed in touch over the years. I’m delighted that she has returned to North Carolina to show her most recent work at the David McCune International Art Gallery at Methodist University,” stated Parks.

Exhibition Dates
Feb. 13 – Apr. 15, 2015
Opening Reception: Feb. 11 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.