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Kim selected for Open Art sculpture

MIAD is bringing a major new work of public art to Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

The college’s Open Art Project, launched last September to promote public involvement in selection of the artist for the work, has chosen Korean-born artist Jin Soo Kim for the commission.

Jin Soo Kim will give a public lecture with a reception following on Thursday April 28th at 6:00pm at MIAD .

Kim is known widely for works that weave together found objects and invite public interaction. She has created works and installations in Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, Houston. New Hampshire, Atlanta, Providence, the Netherlands, Venice, and China.

Kim hopes to site her new work in Catalano Square, at the intersection of Broadway, Milwaukee and Erie. She envisions a mesh-like, architectural grid that weaves together found objects from the Third Ward’s past.

Jill Sebastian, a MIAD sculpture professor who is coordinating the Open Art Project, said that attendees and Open Art panel members were impressed not only with Kim’s art but also with the way she responded to the Third Ward.

“The Third Ward seems to me to be a neighborhood that has reinvented itself,” said Kim. “I would like to do something that reflects its energy and connects people who are there now with some of its history.”

MIAD students will help Kim construct the piece this summer, and installation should occur next September.

Kim and the other finalists took part in a series of presentations at MIAD last September to acquaint the public with their past projects and their philosophy about public art.

About 550 people attended the forums, with about 120 completing “feedback forms” to express their views on the artists and their work. The feedback from Kim’s presentation was very favorable, Sebastian noted.

Kim is a faculty member of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Evanston, IL. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and came to the United States in 1974.

The Chicago Cultural Center recently presented a 20-year retrospective on Kim’s work, including “Strata,” a 1991 installation at the Madison Art Center. Kim is also completing a major new work for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

The Open Art project is supported by grants from the Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Milwaukee Arts Board and private donors.