Soonae Tark
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Artist Statement

Soonae Tark continues to exhibit her reductive, colorful geometric work in galleries, museums, and public spaces. Her list of awards includes two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a National Academy Museum Abbey Mural Painting Fellowship, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship and an Individual Artist Initiative Award from the Queens Council on the Arts. She has won more than 15 cash awards in national and international competitions including the First Place Award of Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

She completed two compelling permanent public artworks for the City of New York. She installed a glass mosaic mural on the platform of the Buhre Avenue subway station through the MTA Arts for Transit Commission, and awarded competitively. Her other public mural work, titled “Love You,” was placed in New York City’s P.S. 306, commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program, a competitive award. Her joyful celebration of color and delight was featured on the cover of Mayor Bloomberg’s New York City's Mayor's Management Report.

She has had solo exhibitions in the United States, Korea and France. Her work has been included in over 100 juried and invitational group exhibitions across the United States and was exhibited at the U.S. Embassador's residence in Seoul, Korea by the Art in Embassies Program, Department of State, Washington DC. The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, New Jersey- Herald News, Louisiana Magazine-The Advocate, Queens Chronicle and many others have favorably reviewed her work. She has been featured in MarquisWho's Who in American Art and New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition in Print, with inclusion of her work on the back cover. Her work was featured in U.S. Department of State's 2012 Desk Calendar and numerous times for the Cover Art of books, News Paper.

She has her BFA from Dongduk Women’s University in Seoul, Korea and her MFA from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, France. She lives and works in New York City.

Exhibition History at Gallery 456
2018Constructions
Works & History
2018 Lightboxes Installation, Passageway Gallery, Union Station, Los Angeles
2017a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Johnson, VT
2015Glass mosaic, New York City Subway at Buhre Ave. Station, MTA Arts for Transit commission