August 23 - September 20, 2013
Opening reception Friday, September 20, 6 - 8 p.m.
Drawing on her experience as a Korean woman living in the United States, Yi creates large abstract prints that reflect cultural tensions. She uses color, pattern and texture to create richly nuanced works full of energy and spirit. Yi works with contemporary woodcut techniques on mahogany plywood, and prints on heavy rag paper with an etching press.
Yi holds a BFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and an MFA from Temple University's Tyler School of Art. She joined the HWS faculty in 1986, and teaches printmaking and drawing courses. Her work has been shown extensively throughout the country, receiving numerous awards. She served as the chair of the art department from 1998-2001 and was given the "Award for Excellence in Teaching" in 1994. She also received a Fulbright Research Grant to South Korea in 2004. "The John Milton Potter Professorship in the Humanities has allowed me to create and show more work," says the current John Milton Potter Professor Phillia Yi of the art department. "I have been able to hire students to help in the production aspect of my process, and this is a great benefit both for practical and pedagogical reasons."
In 2006, Yi was one the artists chosen for the "Rochester Biennial" at the Memorial Art Gallery, and her work has been exhibited at numerous museums and galleries including the Art Center Gallery at Dartmouth College, Boston University, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, and the Seoul Museum of Fine Arts.