Nemeth Art Center (NAC), "an oasis for contemporary art located in Park Rapids," according to new executive director Nicolle LeFleur, is hosting a unique experiential exhibit by Kyong Juhn through June 15.
"Walk for Hope & Peace" presents Juhn's journey from her current hometown, Rochester, to Bemidji, having walked about 350 miles for 21 days.
The public is invited to the opening reception and artist talk on Saturday, May 11 from 4-6 p.m.
Juhn's reception will include a traditional Korean dance performance by Kim Yeon Hwa, who trained in dance at the Korean National Gugak School. She joined the National Gugak Center and Daejeon Municipal Yeonjeong Korean Traditional Music Center as a dancer until she immigrated to the U.S. in 1998.
Also performing that night for the Nemeth's first "2nd Hap Sat" event of the season will be singer- songwriter Téa Renee, who will perform Korean folk and K-pop favorites along with a variety of American folksongs.
With overwhelming support from Veterans For Peace, Chapter 27 and many families who hosted Juhn every night, she walked 15 to 20 miles every day in 2018 and photographed her journey in order to bring awareness to imminent political tension between the U.S., North and South Korea.
This project functions as homage to her mother, who escaped from the North Korean communist regime by walking 323 miles from Pyongyang, North Korea to Busan, South Korea. As a descendent of a North Korean refugee couple, born in South Korea, and now living in America, Juhn sought to include diverse Minnesotan communities in her walk, hoping to engage in dialogue about ways to promote peace between her beloved countries.
"Every day, I walked each step to renew hope for the peace of our future, to touch each facet of my transformation, and to feel the warm terrain of Minnesota, where the place is now I can call as my home," Juhn remarked.
Juhn was the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Scholarship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and graduated with a BFA in 2017. She received a SAIC travel grant for her art project, "A Walk on the Camino de Santiago." In this project, she walked the Camino de Santiago, Spain, in 2016.
In 2017, Juhn was awarded an Advancing Artist grant from the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council for this walking art project across Minnesota, which launched in May 2018.
Admission is always free to the NAC, which is located upstairs at the historic Hubbard County Courthouse at 301 Court Ave. Learn more and support contemporary arts programing by becoming a NAC member at www.nemethartcenter.org.
NAC's 2019 programing is made possible by our generous members and business sponsors and through the support of Legacy Act grants from Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.