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The Lederer Online Digital Exhibitions is pleased to present recent sculptures and drawings by Olivia Kim.

Kim is a Rochester resident and is very active in the arts community and in works and commissions that support social justice efforts in the region. The Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery her work in 2012 “Realism Rediscovered.” Since that time, she has exhibited in local venues, Ock Hee’s Gallery in Honeoye Falls, Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY, Dyer Arts Center, National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, and Russborough House: Wicklow, Ireland and Hastings Hotel at the Culloden Estate and Space, Belfast, Ireland.

In addition to her research in body movement at Garth Fagan Dance School, and Tango Café, both in Rochester, NY Kim expands her art practice by learning new skills, TIG welding, glass casting, and portrait painting all of which contribute to the richness of her work as one of our most accomplished realist sculptors. Upon viewing Kim’s exhibit, her manipulation of materials she expands her use of glass and bronze with gold leaf, and in other instances, she adds a coloring agent to cast glass. Such use gives the work of art an ethereal quality. In the case of the gold leaf, it adds highlights to the portraits and figures.

In 2017, Kim was awarded the commission to create 13 standing life-size portraits of Frederick Douglass based on the 1899 Stanley Edward sculpture in Highland Park, Rochester, NY by the Bicentennial Celebration of Frederick Douglass Commission. The exhibit includes images of that project and illustrates the number of volunteers that it took to help Kim bring this work to completion. The college is proud to exhibit the work of Olivia Kim, an extraordinary artist in our midst. You can view her artwork on Flickr on the Lederer Gallery website, and watch an interview with the artists on Salt of the Earth: Olivia Kim

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