On Oct. 5, Doosan Yonkang Foundation hosted the 9th Doosan Yonkang Art Awards, in the presence of Chairman Yong Hyun Park, at Doosan Art Center in Jongno 5-ga, Seoul. At this year’s awards, the Performing Arts Award went to stage director Jeong Kim while the Fine Arts Award was won by artist Yuni Lee.
The two winners will receive prize money and support worth 370 million won (about $327,000). The winner in the performing arts category will receive 30 million won in prize money along with 170 million won in support for the production of a new performance. The winner in the fine arts category will receive 30 million won in prize money along with a studio residency (including flights and living expenses) at Doosan Residency in New York, and exhibitions at Doosan Gallery Seoul and New York, which are worth 140 million won total.
“This honor has provided me with an opportunity to think about my next step,” said Kim, who is currently directing a play called, “Project Nae-chin-gim-ae” (which means “While I’m at It” in Korean.)
“For those around me who have provided support for my artworks until now, I will try my best to strike a balance between work and life from now on,” said Lee, a visual artist who has immersed herself in exploring social issues.
The Doosan Yonkang Art Awards were established in 2010, the centenary of the birth of Doosan Group’s late Chairman Too Pyung Park, a leader who always emphasized the importance of nurturing talents. Every year, Doosan Yonkang Foundation selects artists under 40 years old who have the potential to grow and promote excellence in the Korean arts, in the categories of performing arts and fine arts.
”It is my pleasure to meet the talented young artists who will lead the future of Korea’s culture and arts, and it is especially meaningful as this year marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Doosan Yonkang Foundation,” said Chairman Park. “Through the awards, I hope that more people would have a chance to acquaint themselves with the artworks created by our award-winning artists.”
On Oct. 5, Doosan Yonkang Foundation hosted the 9th Doosan Yonkang Art Awards at Doosan Art Center in Jongno 5-ga, Seoul. From left to right: Jeong Kim, Performing Arts Award winner, Doosan Yonkang Foundation Chairman Yong Hyun Park, and Yuni Lee, Fine Arts Award winner.