Jinyoung Jin has been appointed Associate Director of Cultural Programs at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University.
For the past ten years Jin has been the Gallery Director in the Arts Department of The Korea Society in Manhattan. She has a wide range of academic training and institutional experience in cultural and artistic matters.
“I am deeply honored by this appointment, and I am eager to work closely with artists and scholars from different ethnic Asian communities to offer a diverse learning environment and to provide cultural stimulation for the community,” said Jin. “I would like to make the Charles B. Wang Center the center of excellence in Asian culture and heritage, and I want to be a cultural ambassador who can contribute substantially to the next stage of the Wang Center’s development.”
During her tenure at The Korea Society, Jin played a critical role in establishing the Arts Department. She introduced diverse programs including in-house and traveling exhibitions, musical performances, films, lectures and workshops that provided a wider understanding of Korea and its culture to U.S. audiences.
Jin’s particular focus is on visual culture, and she often explores unique subjects and materials. Some of the exhibitions that she curated include The Hidden Beauty of Korea Captured by Five Artists from Abroad 1920s-1950s (2013); 10,000 Threads: The Collected Works of Quilt Master Kim Haeja (2011); Missionary Photography in Korea: Encountering the West Through Christianity (2009); North Korean Images at Utopia’s Edge (2008); Toy Stories: Souvenirs from Korean Childhood (2008); Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World (2007); Gods, Demons, and Generals: Icons of Korean Shamanism (2006); and Korean Comics: A Society Through Small Frames (2005). Jin’s exhibitions often garnered major laudatory reviews in The New York Times, Japan Times, L.A. Weekly and a number of academic journals.
As Associate Director of Cultural Programs, Jin’s primary role will be to establish the Charles B. Wang Center as a premier cultural venue that promotes cross-cultural exchanges and an understanding of Asian and Asian American cultures.
Fluent in Korean and English, Jin holds an MA in art history from Columbia University and a BA in art history from Hong-Ik University in South Korea.