JILL KYONG

artist: relief art • sculpture • furniture

In a world that often feels disconnected and fast-paced, Jill Kyong’s art serves as a reminder of the profound and slower beauty inherent in nature and the need for human connections. Her work is a celebration of these elements, creating a visual dialogue that invites viewers to pause, reflect, and reconnect, reminding us that amidst the chaos, there is always room for wonder, peace, and hope.

Jill starts each piece by abstracting the world she sees around her, often from a photo she has taken. She flattens the three-dimensional views in her photos to abstracted geometric shapes, then uses her precision wood working skills to construct and build up layers of carefully selected woods to create three-dimensional spaces to start a dialogue between light and shadows. Jill intersects the visual elements in her pieces with human experiences both near and far to bring a poignant narrative to each piece. Using form, proportions, and moveable objects to develop a story in each piece, she creates interactive experiences that allow viewers to be a part of the art and connect with the work in their own personal way. She designs each piece to be a source of calm, a reminder of the natural world’s restorative power and beauty, with the reminder that art can make us all be better.

Jill Kyong has a BFA from the University of Minnesota with a focus on metal casting. She is currently working on her MFA degree from the University of Idaho and teaching classes in the Art + Design Department. She has also taught woodworking at the Windgate Art School in Little Rock, AR. Jill creates sculptural wall reliefs, furniture, and sculptures primarily out of wood. Her work has been juried into shows at the AAW Gallery of Wood Art in St. Paul, MN, the Wharton Esherick Museum in PA, The Art Center Highland Park in Chicago, the Korean-American Museum in Los Angeles, and the Boise Art Museum, where she won a juror’s award.

CURRICULUM VITAE:

Exhibitions

2024: 

Entropy Gallery, two person show, juried, Spokane, WA, November

Seattle Art Fair, with JDS Gallery, July

Intersect Art Center, Evidence of Joy, juried, St. Louis, MO, July

Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga, Landscape Art Exhibition, juried, Spokane, WA, June

Art Spirit Gallery, Convergence, group show, June

Gallery in the Park, MFA Scholarship Show, solo show, juried, Richland, WA, April

Center for Art and History, But Where I Am Now, solo show, invited, Lewiston, ID, January

2023: Art Spirit Gallery, Small Works Show, invitational

University of Montana International MFA Online Exhibition, Day Dreams, juried, third place

Ridenbaugh Gallery, Control-MFA Collaboration Show, Moscow, ID

Seattle Art Fair, with JDS Gallery, Seattle, WA

Dahmen Barn, Magnificent World of Wood, Uniontown, WA

America Association of Wood Turners, POP Show, invited, St. Paul, MN

Moscow Intermodal Transit Center Sculpture Garden, juried, Moscow, ID

The Art Spirit Gallery, Inspired Design, Coeur D’Alene, ID

Ridenbaugh Gallery, Transient Beings, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

2022: University of Montana International MFA online exhibit, Here, There, Nowhere, juried

Yuan Ru Art Gallery, Transcending Boundaries, Bellevue, WA

Ridenbaugh Gallery, Convergence, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

Dahmen Barn, Wonderful World of Wood, Uniontown, WA

Art Center Highland Park, Nature vs Nurture, juried, Highland Park, IL

The Art Spirit Gallery, Terra, Coeur D’Alene, ID

2020 – 2021:  Wharton Esherick Museum, Wood and…, juried, Malvern, PA

The Art Spirit Gallery, Unwrap the Creative, invitational, Coeur D’Alene, ID

The Art Spirit Gallery, Confluence/Influence, Coeur D’Alene, ID

Dahmen Barn, The Wood Show, Uniontown, WA

Boise Art Museum Triennial, juried, Boise, ID, jurors award

2017 – 2019:  Prichard Art Gallery, Benefit Show, Moscow, ID

3rd Street Gallery, Wood and Word, Moscow, ID

Interior Designers of Idaho, Chair Affair, Boise, ID

McCleod Art Gallery, With the Grain-Fine Wood Working and Studio Furniture, Little Rock, AR

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Delta Des Refuses, Little Rock, AR

Arkansas Museum of Fine Art Instructor Gallery, Wood Show, Little Rock, AR

 Artist Talks:

The Art Spirit Gallery, June, 2024

Center for Art and History, February 2024

JDS Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2023

Awards:

Outstanding Service Award, College of Art and Architecture Art & Design Department, U of Idaho, 2024

MFA Solo Show and Scholarship, Allied Arts Association, Richland, WA 2024

3rd Place, International MFA Online Exhibit, University of Montana, 2023

Outstanding Service Award, College of Art and Architecture Art & Design Department, U of Idaho, 2023

Juror’s Merit Award, Boise Art Museum Triennial, 2020

People’s Choice Award, Interior Designers of Idaho Chair Affair, 2019

Best Grad Student Design, Interior Designers of Idaho Chair Affair, 2019

Most Creative Award, Interior Designers of Idaho Chair Affair, 2019

Current Gallery Representation:

The Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, ID

JDS Gallery, Seattle, WA

Yuan Ru Art Gallery, Bellevue, WA

Exhibit Coordinator and Designer:

Manga and War, Reflections Gallery, University of Idaho, 2023

Manga Contest, High School and College art contests with $12,000 in scholarships, U of Idaho, 2023

Remembering Hiroshima, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Exhibit, Reflections Gallery, U of Idaho, 2022

Juror:

Emerge Gallery, Origins of Identity, Coeur D’Alene, ID, 2023                                       

       -How nationality, race, and sexual identity shape who we are as artists and the work we create.

Emerge Gallery, Pop Up Show, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 2021

Artistic Director:

Habib Institute for Asian Studies, branding and graphic design work for promotional materials, current

AsiaPOP! branding and design work, U of Idaho, 2023, 20024

MARACA, Mid-Atlantic Regional Association of Crime Analysts, logo and design work, Philadelphia, PA 2023

Bixi Beer, design work for in-house materials, Chicago, IL 

Fat Willy’s Rib Shack: branding and design work for all visual materials, Chicago, IL

Organizations: Founder and president of Art & Design Graduate Student Group

Starving Artists Sale 2024: organized and coordinated the first student artist sale for the U of Idaho 

Education:  

MFA candidate, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 2022-present

Post Baccalaureate, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, School for Art & Design, 2018

Artist Inc. Fellow, Mid-America Arts Council, Little Rock, AR, 2017

BFA, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, sculpture & metal casting, 1997

Teaching: 

Teacher of Record, University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture, Foundations, 2022 – present

Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Windgate Art School, woodworking, 2012 – 2018

Private and group art lessons to youth and teens, 1999-2001, 2015-2018

Volunteer:

Props and Costume designer, Champaign Urbana Ballet Company, 2002-2009

Commissions & Private Collections: 

Collected in the United States and internationally.

email: 

jillkyong@gmail.com