An Emory & Henry professor was recently featured in a question-and-answer section of a popular Midwest regional arts and educational electronic and print journal, http://arttoartpalette.com/PotterAsksdepartment.html.
ChweeKim Koek was quoted in the "Potter Asks" portion of the online Art-to-Art Palette Journal, a publication centrally focused on art and education. The publication includes reports on schools, teachers and other partners in arts education.
Featured in the arts journal is Koek's installation entitled "Dreamland" from her "Paint My Paradise" series; it includes a group of individual pieces resting near or linked to each other. Another featured piece is a single S-shaped with smaller pieces nestled inside entitled "Ecstasy." Both pieces were low-fired, hand-built stoneware with underglaze.
Managing editor of The Potter's Shed Ralph Stuckman asks Koek, "What has been your extraordinary journey?"
"My wealth of experience has accumulated over the years. I earned a diploma in Applied Arts from the Baharuddin Vocational Institute in Singapore. My practice then began as a senior graphic designer in Singapore for 8 years," said Koek. "As primary interests in ceramics grew, it became my primary medium of expression. I then ventured to Louisiana State University for a BFA and then a MFA at Syracuse University earned in 2006. I have been an Assistant Professor at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia since 2006. My challenge has been to further develop the three dimensional aspect of our art program."
Koek's most recent accomplishments include an upcoming exhibition at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History in Danville, Va.; exhibitions at The 1912 Gallery in Emory, Va.; Collins Art Gallery in Grand Rapids, Mich.; the Bluefield Area Arts and Science Center in Bluefield, W.Va.; and the FOST Gallery in Singapore. She was also recently published at www.CeramicArtsDaily.org.