About

Statement

The peace and magnitude of nature is often what starts the dance of images in my head.  I focus on a simple visual experience I’ve had and combine it with the hard truths I see in humanity.  As people struggle with fear and loneliness, my work focuses on the duality of an experience and shows calm where there is chaos, love where there is hate, and hope where there is despair.

Bio

Jill Kyong received her BFA degree from the University of Minnesota, focusing on metal casting.  She then got distracted by family and life and found herself in Little Rock, where she took up wood working and taught classes at the Arkansas Arts Center.  Jill decided to call herself a wood artist in 2018 and recently moved to Moscow, Idaho where she creates furniture, sculpture, and wall art.

 

Resumé

Education:  

Post Baccalaureate, University of Idaho, Art & Architecture, 2019

Post Baccalaureate, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Applied Design 2018

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

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

 

Exhibitions:

Wharton Esherick Museum, Wood and…, juried exhibition, Pennsylvania, 2021

Confluence/Influence, Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur D’Alene, ID,  2021

Dahmen Barn, The Wood Show, Uniontown, WA, 2020 & 2021

Boise Art Museum Triennial, juried exhibition, Boise, ID, 2020

Prichard Art Gallery, Benefit Show, Moscow, ID, 2019

Wood and Word, 3rd St Gallery, Moscow, Idaho, 2019

Chair Affair 2019, Interior Designers of Idaho, Boise, ID, 2019

With the Grain-Fine Wood Working and Studio Furniture, 

McCleod Fine Art Gallery, Little Rock, AR 2018

 

Awards:

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

Peoples Choice Award, Best Grad Student Design, and Most Creative Award, Interior Designers of Idaho Chair Affair: 2019

 

Gallery Representation:

Current: Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, ID

  Gray Sky Gallery, Seattle, WA

  Mix It Up Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, ID

Previous: McCleod Fine Art Gallery, Little Rock, AR

    Justus Gallery of Fine Art, Hot Springs, AR

 

Commissions & Private Collections:

Various projects around the United States

 

Media:

Contemporary Artist Explores New Beginnings, Lewiston Tribune, Aril 29, 2021

Woodworker West, Wood Artisans at the Dahmen Barn Sept-Oct 2020, Art Spirit Gallery and Dahman Barn, July 2021

Boise Weekly, Championing Idaho, Christopher Schnoor, Mar 18, 2020 l

And Jill Kyong’s handsome “Shelf” works echo the precisionist aesthetic of early 20th-century American art with their machined look, smooth surfaces and crisp materiality. Kyong’s smart, strong rectilinear compositions in dark and light wood, accented by precisely milled “stones” of maple are beautifully executed.

 

Teaching:

Arkansas Arts Center, wood working, 2013 – 2018

 

email: 
jillkyong@gmail.com

 

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