I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium to host gallery discussion

The I. P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium will host a gallery discussion with artist Janet Kozachek on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m.

The discussion is a part of the exhibition, “Transformation & Translations: The Art of Una Kim & Janet Kozachek,” which will remain available for viewing through Dec. 15. Tuesday’s event is free and open to the public.

The discussion will focus on how Kozachek has been affected, in her creative journey, by her diverse experiences as a student of international cultural exchange. Painter Una Kim may be available for Skype commentary to discuss how her emigration from South Korea at age 16 and studying in both Southern California and in New York City have influenced her works in the exhibition.

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Kozachek, a native of New Jersey, studied extensively in China, the Netherlands and New York City, finally settling in Orangeburg. She holds the certificate of graduate study in Chinese art from Beijing Central Art Academy and is a founder of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, which is an international organization.

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Both Kozachek and Kim obtained a master of fine arts in painting from the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York City and have exhibited in regional, national and international venues.

The richly layered influences of travel and residency in various locations, and socialization as global citizens, emerge as a powerful presence in the works of both artists. Consideration of how perceptions of themselves and the world in which the artists have chosen to function and be transformed, will be discussed.

During the event, Kozachek will also discuss her recently published book, “My Women, My Monsters,” which is available for preorder at www.finishinglinepress.com.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Confucius Institute of the University of South Carolina, in partnership with Beijing Language and Culture University, under the supervision of professor, Tan Ye. The Confucius Institute is an important collaborative inter-cultural study program, which has been well-established in South Carolina since 2008.

This program is the last in a series of activities celebrating local and international connections.

For more information, contact the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at 803-536-7174.

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