The School of Visual Arts has successfully executed cultural exchange agreements with foreign schools and runs several notable projects.
There are three projects representative of the school: the exchange exhibition, the exchange student program, and the exchange professor program. These programs have been actively run through various methods. Among these programs, the international exchange exhibition is the most active. Additionally, the school achieved exchange through exhibitions with foreign universities even before it concluded an agreement for the first time with Carnegie Mellon University in November 2002.
The School of Visual Arts held an art university professor exchange exhibition between Korea and Japan to celebrate ‘2005 Korea-Japan friendship year’ with the art department at Tokyo Art University from August 26th 2005 to September 4th 2005 at Hangaram Gallery of the Arts. A total of 55 artists participated, 26 people with Prof. Seol Wonki in the Department of Plastic Arts and 29 people with Prof. Kido Osamu from Tokyo Art University. The exhibition moved to Tokyo Art University’s gallery to be introduced in Japan from November 29th 2005 to December 18th 2005. With the exhibition at Gallery 175 there was a presentation of planning work from the Department of Architecture with professors and students from the Department of Arts at Tokyo Art University. Through the 《Meeting》, both schools’ arts departments officially executed the cultural exchange agreement on December 6th 2005.
The School of Visual Arts has run a studio project with Maryland Institute College of Art every summer session since 2006. After executing an official agreement with MICA in November 2004, Prof. Yoon Donggu in the Department of Plastic Arts and Prof. Park Jungmi at MIKA became exchange professors in 2005. In January 2006, Prof. Seol Wonki, the director of the school at the time, Prof. Yoon Donggu and Prof. Yang Seungmoo in the department of design visited MICA to discuss MICA-K’ARTS Summer Studio project operation in the summer. As a result, MICA’s 40 students and professors in the Department of Plastic Arts and Design came to Korea National University of Arts to run an individual MICA-K’ARTS Summer Studio.
The program includes exploration, field practice, and an exhibition at Gallery 175 to promote exchange with MICA students. Through an exhibition of studio class contents with MICA professors, students benefit by experiencing American class style and mood over a relatively short period of time.
The School of Visual Arts held workshops from May 14th 2007 to June 12th 2007 with La Seine people of The ?cole Nationale Sup?rieure des Beaux-Arts (Ensba). The Director of La Seine, Prof. Tony Brown, runs a research program as a post-graduate course of Ensba. The defining characteristic of the program is its work with students of various nationalities and cultural groundings. The character of La Seine was obvious in the workshops so both countries’ young artists discussed and created a joint project addressing distinct cultural and social characteristics. Participating people were Gwon Kyunghwan, Gwon Soongwan, Kim Youngeun, Kim Hyeyoung, Nam Hwayeon, and Lee Minjung, who were graduate students or graduates of the school at the time. From La Seine, there were 9 students: Alexander Ovize, Kapwani Kiwanga, Maria F. Sanchez, Mathieu Aboonnec, Norman Stockholm Ruiz, Shingo Yoshida, Takako Yabuki, and Yu-cheng Chou. Their work was exhibited from June 8th to June 14th at the new school building gallery in Korea National University of Arts. The title of the exhibition was 《Double Take》. The exhibition was run under the direction of Ensba’s Prof. Tony Brown and Prof. Jung Jooyoung of the Department of Plastic Arts. After the exhibition in Korea, the exhibition was held in Paris, France in January of 2008.
With the invitation from BizArt Art Center, a non-profit space in Shanghai, the school planned an international exhibition of 23 students in the graduate course of the Department of Plastic Arts. A total of 30 students, including 24 students from the graduate course of the Department of Plastic Arts, and 6 students in the graduate course of the Department of Art Theory ran the exhibition from March 1st 2008 to March 15th 2008. Through wide participation of graduate students the exhibition offered opportunities for an exhibition and workshop in Shanghai which leads the flow of the East Asian arts and offered participants a foothold to advance in the international art world. Through the exhibition, graduate students of the Department of Plastic Arts and the Department of Art Theory could broaden their international views and experiences while analyzing and further understanding the similarities and differences between each country’s culture.
The Global Institute, Gwangju Biennale, Jeonnam University, and Korea National University of Arts ran a joint workshop from August 10th 2008 to August 23rd 2008 at Korea National University of Arts and Jeonnam University. In the workshop, there were 12 graduate students of the Department of Plastic Arts and the Department of Art Theory, 12 students from Jeonnam University, and 17 people from the international open call, making 41 people participants in total. Through the workshop run by Prof. Kim Sunjung and Prof. Jung Jooyoung of Korea National University of Arts, and SAFI Dean and Institute Director, Okwui Enwezor, students shared pending issues in the Asian art world such as Asian global cities and 2008 Gwangju Biennale.