Komelia Hongja Okim taught metal arts at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, for 42 years. She has exhibited extensively with 30 international solo shows and has given more than 130 lectures and workshops on Korean metal techniques in the US, Canada, China, France, Norway, Russia, and Taiwan. Her works are in collections at several museums, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Museum of Arts & Design, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Renwick Gallery of the American Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. She holds three Senior Fulbright Exchange grants that allowed her to go to Korea to teach and research Korean metal techniques. She holds a BA in fiber arts from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea, as well as BA and MFA degrees in metal arts from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.


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