Mina Cheon (born 1973) is a Korean American new media artist, scholar, and educator. Since 1997, she has been living between Baltimore, New York, and Seoul.
|Born||July 31, 1973|
Seoul, South Korea
|Alma mater||Ewha Womans University,|
Maryland Institute College of Art,
University of Maryland
European Graduate School
|Revised Romanization||Cheon Min-jeong|
Early life and educationEdit
Her B.F.A. in painting is from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea; M.F.A. in painting is from Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); and M.F.A. in Imaging Digital Arts from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She also received a PhD in Philosophy of Media and Communications from the European Graduate School, European University for Interdisciplinary Studies, Switzerland in 2008 and is currently on the faculty of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).
One of Cheon's educational contributions has been the international art program and exchange that she has led with architect, Gabriel Kroiz, and between American and Korean art, architecture, and design students. She has directed international art education since 2004, working with universities in Seoul such as Hongik University, Korea National University of Arts, and with Ewha Womans University in 2010, taking students from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Morgan State University to South Korea. Cheon expanded her teaching horizons from just art to teaching in the departments of Foundation; Art History; Language, Literature, and Culture; and Interactive Media. She was also the founder and director of the summer study abroad program MICA Korea that was held each summer in Seoul, Korea between 2004 and 2007.
At times appearing as a North Korean social realist painter Kim Il Soon, artist Mina Cheon advocates for global peace and Korean unification as a social activist political pop artist. Cheon's "POLIPOP: Political Pop Art" has been exhibited internationally, which includes painting, new media art, interactive media, installation art, and performance art work.
Her solo exhibitions include: "Happy North Korean Children" at Trunk Gallery, Seoul; "Choco-Pie Propaganda" at Ethan Cohen New York Gallery; "POLIPOP" at Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea (2012); "Polipop and Paintings" at the Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Maryland; "Groundless" at Lance Fung Gallery, New York, (2002); "Dizz/placement" at Insa Art Space, Art Council, Seoul, Korea; "Addressing Dolls" at C.Grimalids Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland (named as "Best Solo Exhibition" by City Paper). Diamonds Light Baltimore is a collaborative project built by Mina Cheon and Gabriel Kroiz composed of fifteen unique diamond shaped sculptures of different shapes and sizes. These sculptures are large enough for the audience to walk inside and through it. The diamond sculptures are made of LED lights to highlight the unique shape of the object.
Cheon's Shamanism + Cyberspace (Atropos Press, New York and Dresden; ISBN 0-9825309-5-1) was published in 2009. Cheon's article co-authored with Gabriel Kroiz "The Konglish Critique" in Beyond Critique edited by Susan Waters-Eller and Joseph J. Basile (Maisonneuve Press, College Park, MD; ISBN 9780944624500) was published in 2013. Co-authored by Cheon and Kroiz' Combat: Sports and Military (Culture Bank Publishing, Seoul, South Korea; OCLC 880846215 ISBN 978-89-964858-0-3. -03600) was published in 2010. Cheon's chaired panel "Magic and Media" in Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus (Media-N, NMC, USA; ISSN 2159-6891) was published in 2012.
- Roper, Derek (September 20, 2010), "Mina Cheon speaks of her multicultural artistic pursuits", The Retriever Weekly, retrieved September 17, 2011 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Cheon, Mina (March 25, 2011), iamkoreanamerican, retrieved April 17, 2012 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Mina Cheon", Faculty: Art History, Theory, Criticism, Foundation, Interactive Media & Liberal Arts Programs & Minors, Maryland Institute College of Art, retrieved September 17, 2011 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- International and Intercultural Education for Artists and Designers, MinaCheon, archived from the original on May 14, 2012, retrieved September 17, 2012 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Institute, Maryland Art. "Mina Cheon". mica.edu. Maryland Institute College of Art. Retrieved February 24, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Like Kim Il Soon, retrieved November 22, 2013 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[non-primary source needed]
- Happy North Korean Children at Trunk Gallery, Seoul, Trunk Gallery, retrieved August 1, 2014 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Choco-Pie Propaganda at Ethan Cohen New York, Ethan Cohen New York, retrieved November 22, 2013 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Mina Cheon's Polipop at Sungkok Art Museum by Chief Curator Tcheon Nam Park, TcheonNamPark, retrieved January 10, 2012 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea, Sungkok Art Museum, retrieved January 10, 2012 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Polipop and Paintings at Maryland Art Place, Maryland Art Place, archived from the original on August 4, 2012, retrieved April 15, 2012 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Maryland Art Place, Maryland Art Place, retrieved April 15, 2012 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Groundless at Lance Fung Gallery, Jessica Higgins, retrieved October 12, 2002 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Best Solo Show: Mina Cheon Addressing Dolls At C. Grimaldis Gallery", Baltimore City Paper, September 17, 2008, retrieved September 17, 2011 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Noonan, Kate (March 26, 2008), "Mina Cheon: Addressing Dolls: At C. Grimaldis Gallery Through March 29", Baltimore City Paper, retrieved September 17, 2011 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- McNatt, Glenn (March 15, 2008), "'Dolls' reflects drama in Korea", The Baltimore Sun, retrieved September 17, 2011 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- 전시회 '인형을 통해 말하다'; 인형으로 남북한의 현실 표현 – 천민정 교수, Voice of America, March 24, 2008, retrieved September 17, 2011 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Richardson, Kevin. "Light City Baltimore". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved March 1, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "People: Mina Cheon". Maryland Institute College of Art. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
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- Faculty Mina Cheon interviewed by Sarah Caldwell, WBALTV, NBC
- Feature Article by Tim Smith in The Sun
- Mina Cheon interview about Polipop, on Arirang, Global TV
- Article by Cheon in the Baltimore Sun
- Mina Cheon was awarded the 2010 Martin Luther King Unity Week Award at MICA*http://www.mica.edu/News/MICAs_Unity_Week_Takes_Place_Through_Friday_Jan_22.html
- Mina Cheon's book Shamanism + Cyberspace. http://www.mica.edu/News/Faculty_Mina_Cheon_99_Publishes_First_Book.html
- Mina Cheon's participation on the panel, The Martin Luther King Junior Special on the Marc Steiner Show*http://www.steinershow.org/radio/the-marc-steiner-show/january-18-2010
- Mina Cheon's interview on Maryland Morning*http://mdmorn.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/118102/
- Review of Mina Cheon's Artist Keynote Address Speech for the MICA MLK Unity Week*http://www.mica.edu/News/MICA_Faculty_Member_Mina_Cheon_99_Delivers_Unity_Week_Artist_Keynote_Address_in_Dedication_to_Flores_McGarrell_97_98.html
- Mina Cheon's nomination for Baker Artist Award*https://web.archive.org/web/20110725034532/http://bakerartistawards.org/nomination/view/minacheon
- Review of Dizz/placement by Alex Castro on the Urbanite*https://web.archive.org/web/20110721155859/http://www.urbanitebaltimore.com/baltimore/eye-to-eye/Content?oid=1246768
- Mina Cheon collaborates with Markand Thakar*https://web.archive.org/web/20110721160001/http://www.urbanitebaltimore.com/project/2008/teams/team7/
- Mina Cheon's participation to I am Korean American*http://iamkoreanamerican.com/2010/03/08/mina-cheon/