About

Statement

The speed and precision of the table saw, the tool I use the most in the wood shop, supports my style of working, which is fast and aggressive. It helps me capture my ideas before the momentum fades. But it is the peace and magnitude of nature that seeds the ideas dancing in my head.  I take what I see in nature and juxtapose those images with the truths I experience in humanity. Themes I address are the duality of most events, that all things have strengths and weaknesses, and the need for all of us to connect. A common element in my work are wood stones that I shape and sand till there are no edges.  They are often symbols of strength and power when together and isolation when left on their own.  The roundness of the stones provide a contrast to the hard geometric lines and angles present in my work.  These oppositions remind us that cosmos comes from chaos and they often coexist.  

Bio

Jill Kyong received her BFA degree from the U of MN, with a focus 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 wood classes at the Arkansas Art Center (now the Windgate Art School).  Jill returned to making art in 2017, with wood as her primary medium.  She now lives in Moscow, Idaho where she creates wall art, furniture and sculpture.

 

Curriculum Vitae

EXHIBITIONS

Moscow Contemporary, The Community of Trees, Moscow, ID, 2024, anticipated

The Art Spirit Gallery, Living Matter, Coeur D’Alene, ID, 2023, anticipated

The Art Spirit Gallery, April Group Show, Coeur D’Alene, ID, 2022, anticipated

Wharton Esherick Museum, Wood and…, juried exhibition, Malvern, PA,, 2021

The Art Spirit Gallery, Confluence/Influence, 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

3rd Street Gallery, Wood and Word, Moscow, ID, 2019

Interior Designers of Idaho, Chair Affair, Boise, ID, 2019, 2021

McCleod Fine Art Gallery, With the Grain-Fine Wood Working and Studio Furniture, Little Rock, AR, 2018

Arkansas Art Center Instructor Gallery, Wood Show, Little Rock, AR, 2017

 

Curator

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

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

 

AWARDS

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

Peoples 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

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Current:

  The Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, ID

  Gray Sky Gallery, Seattle, WA

  Mix It Up Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, ID

Past: 

  Justus Gallery of Fine Art, Hot Springs, AR

  McCleod Fine Art Gallery, Little Rock, AR

   

JUROR:

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

 

MEDIA:

“Contemporary Artist Explores New Beginnings”, Lewiston Tribune, April 29, 2021

“Wood Artisans at the Dahman Barn”,  Woodworker West, Sept-Oct 2020, 

“The Art Spirit Gallery”, Woodworker West, July 2021

“Dahmen Barn Show”, Woodworker West, July 2021

“Championing Idaho”, Boise Weekly, Mar 18, 2020 

    “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.” Christopher Schnoor

 

COMMISSIONS & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

  Various projects around the United States

 

EDUCATION:  

Post Baccalaureate, Univ of Idaho, Art & Architecture, ongoing

Post Baccalaureate, Univ of AR Little Rock, Windgate Center of 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:

Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, Windgate Art School (formerly Arkansas Arts Center), wood working, 2013 – 2018

 

email:  jillkyong@gmail.com

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