This summer, Ringling College visited South Korea with a team that included Dr. Larry R. Thompson, Seongwoo Nam, Sunmi Bong, Jim Dean, and Jamie Coffey. They traveled throughout Seoul for 10 days to speak with schools, organizations, corporations, and media about Ringling College of Art and Design.
Here are some highlights:
Accepted Students Day, Seoul
A huge thank you to our 10 amazing Ringling College student volunteers who attended and worked the event: Junkyoo Han, Sanghyun Kim, Yujeoung Lee, Ga Young Choi, Jin Hee Ma, Seo Young Won, Sohee Hwang, Bo Ram Kim, Yeji Kim, and Ki Young Kim.
On June 11, Dr. Thompson and Seongwoo met with nearly 130 guests at Accepted Students Day in Seoul! This included 35 accepted students, 62 family members, and 14 interested students and their families. The Q & A went late into the night, and a lively discussion was had by all.
For five consecutive days, Dr. Thompson visited, toured, and spoke with the communities of several colleges, universities, and high schools in Seoul. The welcoming nature of the people of South Korea was felt in every moment, as was the desire to engage in discourse surrounding the role of creativity in society and the immense value of an art and design-focused education.
Colleges & Universities
Galleries, Museums, & Exhibitions
The team met with the president of Kukje Gallery, Hyunsook Lee, and the Director of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, Bartomeu Mari, to explore areas and opportunities for future collaboration. These important connections were made possible by Anne-Marie Russell, Director of the Sarasota Art Museum, and the team was granted special access to the current exhibitions at each institution.
|Galleries, Museums, & Exhibitions|
Exposure to Korean Media
During his trip, Dr. Thompson also sat down with Korea Economy Daily (akin to the Wall Street Journal in South Korea) to discuss “Creativity; the important role of design education for the future.” This was a great highlight to the trip, as the interview was far more of an intellectual exchange between Dr. Thompson and the two journalists than a traditional interview:
|Korea Economy Daily Interview|