Vicki Sung-yeon Kwon

PhD candidate, History of Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Alberta; Project Manager, Speculative Energy Futures

Vicki Sung-yeon Kwon is an art historian and curator. Kwon is currently a PhD candidate in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta, where she teaches modern and contemporary East Asian art history. Her doctoral research explores socially engaged art in transnational contact zones facilitated by artists from East Asia, funded by SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, International Researcher Residency Program of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea (MMCA), and Junior Fellowship of Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies at the Seoul National University. Her curated exhibitions include Designing Connection in Friction at Harcourt House in Edmonton (2018) and Mass and Individual: The Archive of the Guyanese Mass Games at the Arko Art Centre in Seoul (2016), which garnered the largest of the 2016 Korea Arts Council’s exhibition grants. Kwon has published research papers in the journals Korean Studies and Inter-Asian Cultural Studies. Kwon also participated in a 3.5-year project of art and science collaboration <ImmuneNations> as the project manager and a participating artist. Having completed her BA in art history and semiotics and communication theories and MA in art history at the University of Toronto, she worked as an administrator, curator, project manager, and researcher for art, education, and cultural organizations.