The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present, “Younghye Han: My Mother’s First Exhibition,” a solo exhibition with work by BOLT Resident, Aram Han Sifuentes in collaboration with Younghye Han.
My family immigrated to the United States in 1992. A trained artist in Korea, Younghye Han left that behind and has spent the last 24 years, working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, as a seamstress and running her own dry cleaning business in Manteca, California. It has been 24 years since her last painting. Inspired by the birth of her first granddaughter in 2015, she began drawing and painting again. This is my mother’s first exhibition. It will feature her works made in Korea, her most recent pieces, and my responses to her last unfinished drawings made in the first year we immigrated to the United States.
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Aram Han Sifuentes is a social practice fiber artist. Her works have been exhibited at the Wing Luke Museum of Asian American Experience in Seattle, W.A.; Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, I.L.; Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum in Seoul, South Korea; and Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Asheville, N.C. She will premiere a new work at her upcoming solo exhibition at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in the fall of 2016. She is also a 2016 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow. Han earned her BA in Art and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a Lecturer at SAIC.
Younghye Han received her BFA in Traditional Ink Painting from Ewha Woman’s University. She ran her own painting and drawing academy for children for five years in Seoul, South Korea. She has been working as a seamstress and running Mainz Dry Cleaners in Manteca, CA with her husband for 22 years.