ArtPrize contestant Soohyun Kim, of Chicago, was selected for the Top 20 Jurors Shortlist Monday night. These artists are now closer to placing for a Category Award or the Juried Grand Prize.
Kim, a graduate of the University of Art in Chicago, has a two-dimensional digital photography series in the Collins Art Gallery at Grand Rapids Community College. The series is titled Guryong Village in Seoul and was photographed in a shanty town in South Korea, where he was born and his mother still lives.
Kim said that he is happy to now be in the running for the $200,000 grand prize and only first heard about ArtPrize last month.
“I actually submitted my work late,” he said.
Kim was calm during the live announcement made by Nick Antonakis, GRCC Visual Arts department head, during a presentation to photo students in the GRCC ATC building.
“I’m (the) kind of person who doesn’t expect much, I just do my best,” Kim said following the announcement.
While in the process of curating the gallery Antonakis asked Filippo Tagliati, photography professor at GRCC and ArtPrize artist himself, to find a photographer’s work to display. Tagliati took to the ArtPrize website to choose from a roster of artists needing a venue.
“This is outstanding work, quality material, conceptual, but also very personal,” Tagliati said.
Editor-in-Chief Sean P. Mulhall also contributed this article.