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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Exhibit: Korean fine artist Young Sil Rho @ SUU’s Introduction to Art Gallery & Museum Studies (Cedar City, November 25, 2013–February 5, 2014)


Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: SUU’s Introduction to Art Gallery & Museum Studies class will be sharing thirteen wonderful works of Korean fine artist Young Sil Rho. The general public is invited to attend this display of Rho’s yet-to-be-exhibited work. This exhibit will be on display from November 25th –February 1st with an open reception at 5:00pm on December 2nd on the Gerald R. Sherratt Library’s third floor. Refreshments will be served. 

Young Sil Rho began studying art in 1954 at the late Professor Chung Kyu's Art Studio in Korea.  She chose to pursue fine art  despite her mother's wishes for her to study medicine.  It was a challenge to pursue art without the blessing of her family, but the support she received from her mentors helped her realize her dream.  Rho’s dedication enabled her to have her work displayed in Korea’s prestigious 1958 National Art Exhibition.  Rho soon married, and spent most of her time in the 1960’s raising her family’s two children.  She resumed her work in the 1970’s, and in 1979, Rho held her first solo exhibition in New York City. Since then, she has been featured in several solo exhibitions abroad.  She has traveled and lived in Japan, America, and Europe with her family. 

One of these visits led Rho to Zion National Park, where she met a volunteer park ranger named Sunny Lee, a resident of Cedar City. At Lee’s suggestion, Rho decided to donate 40 of her paintings to the Southern Utah Museum of Art. These paintings are part of its permanent collection. 

Southern Utah Museum of Art (“SUMA”) is an experiential learning center for future arts leaders who serve the community through exhibitions, collections, preservation, and educational programming. SUMA, as part of the Beverly Taylor Sorensen Center for the Arts, will become the first nationally accredited art museum operated by graduate and undergraduate students in a shared research, learning, and applied environment mentored by the faculty, administration and staff of Southern Utah University. Groundbreaking for the new arts center will begin in the spring of 2014.

SUU’s Introduction to Art Gallery & Museum Studies Class introduces students to the theory and practice of museum work. It is designed to expose students to the various aspects of art gallery and museum studies and employment: collections, research, exhibits, interpretation education, administration, public relations, fund-raising, staffing and ethics.

Southern Utah University’s College of Performing and Visual Arts is home to nationally-accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts, and Dance. The College offers 17 degrees, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, professional Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre, and Arts Administration Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts. It houses the Center for Shakespeare Studies, which offers a degree minor. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff teach and mentor over 550 arts majors. Over 1100 students enroll each year in more than 195 arts classes. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions annually.  Its affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at cpvamktg@suu.edu

WHAT: Korean artist Young SIl Rho’s work will be displayed in SUU Gerald R. Sherratt Library, with a reception on December 2, 2013
WHO: Southern Utah University, Department of Art and Design
WHEN: Reception: Monday, December 2,  2013
Exhibit: November 25, 2013–February 5, 2014
TIME: 5:00pm (reception); please visit the Gerald R. Sherratt Library website for its hours  (http://www.li.suu.edu/page/hours), or call (435) 865-8240
WHERE: Gerald R. Sherratt Library, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT
INFO: Phone: Arts Hotline: (435) 865-8800 or visit: www.suu.edu/arts
PRICES:  Free and the General Public is encouraged to attend. 

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