Student Art Competition Jurors
Mina Cheon (PhD, MFA)
Mina Cheon is a Korean American new media artist, scholar, and educator who divides her time between Seoul, Korea, Baltimore, and New York. Cheon received her PhD in Philosophy of Media and Communications from the European Graduate School, European University for Interdisciplinary Studies, Switzerland, under the guidance of critical theorist Avital Ronell in 2008, and published her book Shamanism + Cyberspace (Atropos Press, NY and Dresden) in 2009. As an artist, Cheon has exhibited internationally what she calls her “Polipop” (Political Pop Art), work that includes digital paintings, installation, performance, video, and interactive media. Cheon’s art addresses the relationship between media and political conflicts within Asia and Asia’s relationship with the Western world. Her projects have been shown in solo exhibitions at the Lance Fung Gallery, New York (2002), Insa Art Space, ArtCouncil, Seoul, S. Korea (2005), and C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore (2008), and featured in 2012 solo exhibitions at The Sungkok Art Museum in Seoul and Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, Maryland. Her artworks are in the permanent collections and/or archives of the Sungkok Art Museum in Seoul, contemporary art center Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., the SSamzie Art Museum of Korea, and EVR (e-flux video rental). Cheon was awarded the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Unity Week Award at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) for her efforts to promote cultural diversity within and beyond MICA, where she is a full-time professor, teaching in fine art studio, new media, and liberal arts. In 2011, she was chosen as “One to Watch” by Dr. Leslie King-Hammond, who was honored by the Art Table organization, recognizing women’s leadership in the visual arts. Cheon also has two other terminal degrees: an MFA in painting from the HoffbergerSchool of Painting (1999), MICA and another MFA in Imaging Digital Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2002). Her BFA is in painting from Ewha Woman’s University (1996), Seoul, Korea where she was a visiting professor in 2011.
Lillian Bayley Hoover
Linda Bayley Hoover earned her BFA from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has taught studio art and art theory courses for colleges and universities in the Baltimore area since 2006. Hoover’s work has been featured in exhibitions in the Baltimore area and beyond, and was recently profiled in New American Paintings and the Little Patuxent Review. In 2012, Hoover won the Bethesda Urban Partnership’s Trawick Prize. She has received many other honors, including the Bethesda Young Artist Painting Award, two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, and a grant from Philadelphia’s Center for Emerging Visual Artists—enabling her to conduct research and photograph in Istanbul, Turkey. Hoover has been selected as a semifinalist for Baltimore's Sondheim Prize on three occasions.
Trace Miller is a painter and Visiting Assistant Professor at Towson University in Towson Maryland. Miller received a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. His works have been exhibited extensively in the Mid Atlantic region as well as New York and Chicago.
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