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September 16, 2023 – November 19, 2023


Hawthorn Contemporary is pleased to announce the exhibition opening of From My Garden, featuring multi- material fiber-based works of Milwaukee artist Kyoung Ae Cho.

The works in the exhibition span two decades of production of Cho’s work, celebrating and in conversation with nature. The intimate use of natural elements combined with her keen recognition of the beauty and materiality of the objects invites the viewers to get closer to the works. Thus forging a unique and personal relationship between the audience and the work. Cho’s work compels the viewer to understand humans' inseparable relationship with nature. She says, “I learned to look at nature with love and respect since we do not own nature, but we belong to


Kyoung Ae Cho (b.1963, South Korea) is a fibers artist who is engaging in a conversation with nature, respectfully incorporating natural elements, recycled matter as well as low-valued materials, mostly which she has gathered. She earned her MFA (1992) from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and her BFA (1986) from Ducksung Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. Cho’s work, a poetic juxtaposition of natural wonder with sensual
delight and fragile existence, has been exhibited in national and international venues including Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee, WI; Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI; Muskegon Museum of Art, MI; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, WI; Gregg Museum of Art and Design, Raleigh, NC; Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE; Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ; San Jose Museum of Quilts and
Textiles, San Jose, CA; Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CO; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH; Detroit Institute of Arts, MI; Carnegie Art Museum of Oxnard, CA; Deutsches Texrilmuseum Krefeld, GERMANY; Poikilo-museot, Kouvola, FINLAND; Textilemuseum, Tilburg, NETHERLANDS; National Museum of History, Taipei, TAIWAN; Cheongju Craft Museum, Cheongju, SOUTH KOREA; National Museum of Modern Art, Gwacheon, SOUTH KOREA. Cho has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Lillian Elliott Award, the Quilt National Award of Excellence, the Pollock-Krasner Grant, the UWM Foundation and Graduate School Research Award, and Wisconsin Arts Board Award Fellowship. Cho is Professor of Art & Design at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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