Introducing our new associate curator

Meet the newest member of our curatorial staff. The museum announced today the appointment of Seunghye Sun as associate curator of Japanese and Korean art. She’ll be joining our team in Cleveland in July, upon completion of her doctorate in Japanese art at Tokyo University.

In her new role, she will be responsible for all aspects of the care, presentation, and interpretation of the museum’s renowned holdings of Japanese and Korean art. She also will develop exhibitions and public programming, while continuing to acquire works that enrich and expand the museum’s collection.

Since 2002, she has served as curator at the National Museum of Korea, where, as the first curator of Japanese art in Korea’s history, she single-handedly planned and installed the permanent galleries of Japanese art. Additionally, she was the curator and publication author for several exhibitions, including Western-style Paintings in Modern Japan, The Lure of Asia in Japanese Art, and A Treasury of Joseon Period Manuscripts and Portraits from the Distinguished Families in Gongju, Korea. 

She also has contributed to several books, catalogues, and publications, including The Lure of Asia in Japanese Art (2008), Western-style Paintings in Modern Japan (2008), “Asian art galleries at the National Museum of Korea” (Orientations, 2005), “Three Laughers in Japanese Art” (Korea Art and Archeology, 2006), and “Korean Paintings of Peach Blossom Spring in the Late Joseon Dynasty” (Asia Yugaku, 2009).

Prior to her tenure at the National Museum of Korea, she was appointed a visiting fellow at the Harvard-Yenching Institute; researcher at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; curatorial intern at the Ruth & Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art at the Clark Center in California; and research assistant at the Institute of Oriental Culture at Tokyo University. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aesthetics from Seoul National University in her native country of Korea and taught aesthetics and art history at several universities there.

The addition of Ms. Sun is made possible by a spendable three-year grant of $450,000 awarded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the hiring of a curator of Japanese and Korean art.


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