November 03, 2000 in Social Responsibility News

2000 Glass Art Festival Open

The Samsung Corning invites the public to join in a prize contest named '2000 Glass Art Festival for Korean formative arts in a joint cooperation with the NamSeoul University at the Mok-Geum-To Gallery for the period from November 1 through 8, 2000 for the purpose of popularization and development of Korean glass formative arts. It is rarely the case that such a contest is hosted by an enterprise in Korea where glass formative art activities are inactive. But, as part of Mecenat activity, the Samsung Corning, specialized in the manufacture of glass for LCD and braun tube, has launched the contest jointly with the Glass Formative Art Institute of the NamSeoul University to invite Korea's established artists and amateurs both to submit their works of art. The Samsung Corning will award prizes to excellent works and display them, having a preview for glass forming process and cyber glass formative exhibition. For this public contest, approximately 100 works have been received for 3 months of the time for application from last July to October 4. Of these, 50 works were on the short list as a result of a steep competition and the 'Traces' by Kang, Ji-Hee was awarded the grand prix in the final screening. The exhibition of 49 works including the prize winners at the Mok-Geum-To Gallery is expected to provide glass formative artists with a good opportunity for artistic activities and offer the general public an opportunity for a fresh understanding of and participation in the glass formative art which is deemed as art of light. The glass art world-wide recognized in formation and aesthetics has already become greatly popular in Europe and Japan. Although Korea has a long history of glass art backdated to the Shilla Dynasty, the glass formative art is still recognized as a preserve for minority professors who studied abroad, and also there are not enough professional training institutions. In such a situation, this public exhibition is valued high by the associated academia in the sense that industrial-academic cooperation for the invigoration and popularization of Korean glass formative art will bring about renaissance of the same. At the exhibition, a preview is held for the general public to easily gain access to glass forming process. While students majoring in glass forming make a demonstration of lamp working and casting techniques to create a glass of marvelous shape, the audience is given an opportunity to make such a wondrous shape on their own. In addition, the cyber glass formative show is open to the audience so that they can view the status of exhibition and works of art on the cyber space(www.glassfestival.com). On the other hand, the preliminary screening for this prize contest was conducted by domestic professors in support of Korean glass formative art and the final screening was performed jointly by professor Ito Makoto from the Tama Fine Arts School in Japan and other professors from the Hong Ik Fine Arts School to elevate the screening level for the works of art. The professor Ito Makoto from Japan as one of the screening committee members said "This prize contest was very interesting. The works of art presented were of much higher quality than those presented for the Chongju Biennale and also had quite different characteristics from Japanese works of art. I am sure that the grand-prix winner is an excellent works which can be rated high as a contemporary work of art." Ms. Kang Ji-Hee, who was awarded the grand prix, is being absorbed in glass art work to become a world-renowned glass artist and expressed her impressions, saying "I hope this prize contest will contribute to the level-up of the development of glass art". President Park, Young-Koo of the Samsung Corning, the host company of the prize contest, stated the true effect of the contest, saying "We jointly contemplated and supported this prize contest for the purpose of using the corporate profits for the development of Korean glass formative art by making the best use of the characteristics of glass manufacturing circles. I strongly hope that artistic circles, including industrial circles, academia, and general public, all have a keen interest in renaissance of the Korean glass formative art." The Glass Art Festival is held every other year, and the next festival will be held in 2002. ▶ Prize Winners of 2000 Glass Art Festival Grand Prix: "Traces" by Kang, Ji-Hee Best Prize: "Into the Stream" by Jang, Min-Ho Excellent Prize: "My Son" by Baik, Jae-Yong Excellent Prize: "A Cat's Morning" by Seo, Eun-Mi


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