ART-UNI-ON, Lighting the Future


‘ART-UNI-ON (AUO)’ is created for the development of art school students across the globe. As the role of young artists becomes ever more important, the development of their worldly knowledge and potential is increasingly necessary. Hyundai Motor is pleased to collaborate with Seoul National University’s College of Fine Arts to help future art leaders.

ART-UNI-ON is a progressive, online platform that promotes both on- and off-line education. It is a platform for active feedback and facilitates communication between artists, art professionals and the public.

Targeting future leaders currently studying in art schools around the world, AUO allows mentors to provide direct feedback, making it possible to give practical support beyond theoretical academics. This mentoring process will also be open to the public online. We look forward to seeing the level of international exchange between universities and participants develop into ever more dynamic activities.

AUO Mentoring and AUO Artists, AUO Curators

AUO Mentoring Program

The AUO mentoring program began in July, 2015. The online site opened on June 1st, 2015 and first applications were due by June 30th, 2015. All art school students are eligible to participate. Five AUO Artists are selected twice a year and total of 30 AUO Artists have been selected and have each received mentoring for six months. Starting from the 2018 1st session, in addition to five AUO artists, two AUO curators will be selected. These curators will receive mentoring for six months as the AUO artists, and also have an opportunity to prepare and present an exhibition by collaborating with AUO artists.

The globally renowned experts including Lee Yongbaek(Artist), Yoo Guentaek(Artist), David Brooks(Artist), Kong Sung-hun(Artist), Bae Sangmin(Designer), Shin Boseul(Chief Curator, Total Museum), Wang Chunchen(Head Curator, CAFA Art Museum), Kim Taiyoon(Artist), Mina Cheon(Artist), Jung Hyun(Art Critic), Elaine W. Ng(Director, ArtAsiaPacific), Gladys Chung(Director, The Fanzhi Foundation) participate in this program as AUO Mentors.

The AUO Mentors discuss and assign one to two AUO Mentors to each AUO Artist and AUO Curator. The process will be posted online, enabling the public to observe and join in the conversation. The project, above all, operates as a place of open communication. We hope students also learn by interacting amongst themselves.

AUO aims to prepare participants to enter the international art world by developing potential and practical capabilities. Any bachelor, master, phd students in art, design, architecture, exhibition design major who wish to participate in the 1st session Mentoring Program for 2018 can upload artwork or portfolio on the art-uni-on website to apply in November through December. Students in other majors, but currently active in creative work can also apply. The mentoring program runs for six months.

AUO Advisors, Guiding our Future Leaders

AUO Advisors

The advisors of AUO have been selected with thoughtful consideration. They are experts in their art field and include some of the world’s greatest humanities scholars. The opportunity for participants to learn from their insights will be priceless. The advisors lead the program in a positive direction; their advice and vision for art will be posted in the section “The Voice.”

1. Ufan Lee, Artist
1936. 6. 24 (Korea)
1961 B.A in Philosophy, Nihon University
1973~ Professor of Tama Art University, Japan
Lee Ufan is Korean-Japanese painter and sculpture who is renowned as the leading artist of ‘Monoha.’ The profound consideration of human and nature puts together his works. Having been invited to countless international exhibitions, he is one of the most influential artists. <From Line>(1984), <Relatum>(1988), <Correspondence>(1996) are representative series of his work.

2. Hyosang Seung, Architect
1952. 10. 26 (Korea)
1975 B.A in Architecture, Seoul National University
1979 M.A in Architecture, Seoul National University
1989~ president of IROJE architects & planners
2011 Co-artistic directors of the 4th Gwangju Design Biennale

Seung Hyosang is one most important Korean architects practicing today. He has been leading his works with his philosophical base, ‘Emptiness.’ Representing this oriental aesthetics, he gained international recognition through many famous buildings such as <the grave of the late former President of Korea, Roh Moo-hyun> in Kimhae, Chao-Wei SOHO project in Beijing. Seung received various awards and has held a number of solo exhibitions globally. Currently, he is the president of IROJE architects & planners.

3. Bien-U Bae, Photographer
1950. 5. 22 (Korea)
1974 B.F.A in Applied Arts, Hongik University
1977 M.F.A in Industrial Arts Design, Hongik University
1981~2011 Professor of the Department of Photography, Seoul Institute of the Arts
1988~1989 Studied at the Department of Photograph Design, Bielefeld University, Germany

Renowned as a professional photographer of ‘Pine Trees,’ he has shot landscapes including oceans, Jeju Island, Korean palaces, and wind as black and white photos. His photographs have meditative and majestic moods, and this character overwhelms viewers. In addition, Bae gained international praise because his photography contains Korean aesthetics very well. He has been shown in many exhibitions and his works are collected by famous collectors.

4. Paola Antonelli, Senior curator of MoMA
1963 (Italy)
1990 M.A in Architecture, Polytechnic of Milan
2012~ Director of a new Research and Development Initiative
Senior Curator of Architecture & Design, Director of R&D, The Museum of Modern Art

Paola Antonelli is currently the senior curator of the Department of Architecture & Design at MoMA, New York. Recently, she was named as one of the 100 most powerful people in the art world by ‘Art Review.’ Antonelli was the editor of many design magazines and a lecturer at Harvard, California University and many other European Universities. Curating various exhibitions, she works with the ties in design and architecture.

5. Anna Valtonen, Dean of Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture
2007 Doctor of Arts degree at the University of Art and Design Helsinki
2009 Rector of the UmeåInstitute of Design at Umeå University in Sweden
2014~ Dean at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Anna Valtonen is the current Dean of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland. She is an expert of the history of Finland’s design and how design can operate with organizations. She was a visiting researcher at ESSEC Business School, and from 1997 to 2009, she was working on various projects in Nokia as a researcher. Valtonen gained international reputation for her profound understanding of design and as an expert who can combine design and practical industries.

6. John Rajchman, Professor of Columbia University
1946. 6. 25
B.A Yale University
Ph. D Columbia University

John Rajchman is a philosopher specialized in the areas of history of art, architecture and philosophy. He taught at Princeton University, MIT and now he is a professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. He became globally renowned with his studies of Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault. Analyzing contemporary art and architecture in his philosophical perspective, he is leading the way for many artists and scholars.

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