Kyungmin Park is a figurative ceramic sculptor drawing inspiration from childlike perspectives. Contrasting the darker emotions and restricted psyche of adulthood with the boundless consciousness of children, Kyungmin’s sculptures confront the viewer with uncomfortable juxtapositions, encouraging reflection upon personal expectations and narratives. Kyungmin largely uses handbuilding techniques to construct her figures out of porcelain, a material she prefers for its ability to contrast starkly with bright and colorful decoration.
Originally from South Korea, Kyungmin earned her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia in 2012 and her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2008.
Currently, Kyungmin is an Associate Professor of 3D studio Art at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. Park was a long-term resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana where she earned 2014-2015 Matsutani Fellowship and 2015-2016 Windgate Fellowship. Park has won multiple awards; her most recent recognition being from the National Council on Education the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), which granted her the 2016 Emerging Artist of the Year Award; Ceramics Monthly Magazine also gave her that same designation in 2015. Kyungmin was invited as a 2017 Guest Artist at the Jingdezhen International Studio in Taoxichuan Ceramic Park, Jingdezhen, China, and A.I.R Vallauris in France in 2011 and 2022.
She is a seasoned artist and has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most notably at: the Aqua Art Miami Basel, SOFA Chicago, The Clay Studio in PA, Scripps College Ceramic Annual, Claremont, CA, Penland School of Crafts in NC, Arrowmont School of Arts in Gatlinburg, TN, Fuller Craft Museum in MA, Museum of Arts and Science in Macon, GA, The Museum of Contemporary of Georgia, Canton Museum of Art in OH, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn, AL along with a multitude of galleries, including Abel Contemporary, Abmeyer + Wood, Belger Arts Center, Cerbera, Companion, Duane Reed, Eutectic, Kolva-Sulivan, Lacoste, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Lillstreet Art Center, Morean Art Center, Signature galleries, to name a few. One of the exhibitions, the 74th Scripps College Ceramic Annual show in 2018, was featured in LA Times.