Henry Art Gallery
Sunday, February 2, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
ArtVenture: What is Your Refuge? With Juliana Kang Robinson

Definitions of REFUGE n. 1. Shelter or protection from danger or distress 2. That which shelters or protects from danger, or from distress or calamity; a stronghold which protects by its strength, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; a place inaccessible to an enemy.

Have you ever noticed how something can give you an immediate sense of comfort—such as a secret hiding place, a cozy blanket, or even the way someone greets you? Do you think art can give you that same feeling of welcome or being at home? In this collaborative ArtVenture, join artist Juliana Kang Robinson as we build temporary shelters and sanctuaries using cardboard boxes, fabrics, and found papers to create an atmosphere of safety and calm. Participants will make and add elements (including unique “welcome” signs that families can take home) to make the shelters feel like “home.” Let’s create a collective refuge through art!

Juliana Kang Robinson is an interdisciplinary artist creating work that reflects on themes of territoriality, holism, unity, and separation in the world. Born in South Korea, she received her Master in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2018, Kang Robinson installed her first public art project at the Seattle Center. This past summer, she completed a public art commission for the Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Recent honors include a Nippon Steel Presidential Award, a LeRoy Neiman Foundation Fellowship at the Ox-Bow School of Art, a Women's Studio Workshop Artist Residency, and a ArtBridge Fellowship at Pratt Fine Arts Center.  In 2015, she was selected as one of twelve artists nationwide at the 21st Juried Exhibition at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles and was an invited guest artist for the group exhibition Hungry Ghosts, hosted by the Asian American Women Artists Association at the historic Manilatown Center Gallery in San Francisco. Her work can be found in collections nationally and internationally, including the Joan Flasch Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Women's Studio Workshop, the Artists' Books Collection at the Rikhardinkatu Library of Helsinki, De Anza College, University of California Berkeley, the San Francisco Public Art collection, and the City of Seattle Fresh Perspectives Art Collection. She has exhibited at Diaspora Vibe Gallery, SomArts Gallery, Asia Society San Francisco, Ox Bow Gallery, the Euphrat Museum, Manilatown Heritage Foundation Gallery, the Asian American Women Artists Association, Center on Contemporary Art, Method Gallery, and at the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. She has taught at institutions such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Harrington College of Design, University of California at Berkeley, California College of Art, and De Anza College. 

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