Hoyun Son                                                                                      USA/KOREA

Hoyun Son is a relational / conceptual artist working in various media includes text, performance, multi-media installation, and interactive installations. Her practice is mainly focused on generating new ideas/ways of quality life in this globalized, technology oriented society through open conversations and subtle but intentionally selective encounters arts can provide.  Born in Korea, Hoyun Son moved to USA in 2001 to attend School of Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her BFA and MFA. She has performed in various public venues in Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Seoul, Korea. Exhibited her works in Chicago, Houston, Romania, Boston, Norway and Korea. Also she is recipient of various awards and fellowships include Illinois Art Council, Skowhegan Painting and Sculpture, MacDowell Colony in USA, and Sandness Kommune of Norway.


2004-6 MFA, The School of Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL

2001-4 BFA, The School of Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL

Awards & Residencies

2012 Grant Award, Community Arts Assistance Program, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Illinois Arts Council, IL

2011  Fellowship Award, Illinois Arts Council, IL USA

Fellowship Grant Award through DCCA, National Endowment for the Arts, USA

Artist in Residency, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE

2010 Artist in Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM USA

2009 Artist Residency, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, USA

Fellowship award and Artist Residency, Sandnes Kommune , Sandnes, Norway

2008 Hosting a residency and curate a show, Platform, Cermak Place, Chicago, IL

Fellowship Award, Skowhegan School of painting and sculpture, Skowhegan, MN

Artist Fellowship Award in New Performance Form, Illinois Art Council, IL USA

2001-4 Merit Scholarship, The School of Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2003 Imagination Factory Award for Artist, Art Space Hue, Seoul, Korea

Solo Exhibitions & Performances

2011 Movable Feast, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

2010 Private Feast, Residency of Paul Ritcher, Chicago, IL

Social Shedding I, PLACE & Pioneer Place(Downtown Shopping mall), Portland, OR

2009 Movable Feast, Street of Chicago with a mobile set up in a pick up truck, Chicago, IL

2007 Feast III, Residency of Hoyun Son, Chicago, IL (Interactive Food Performance)

2006 unspoken_chicago_cta, CTA Blue Line, Chicago, IL(Public Performance)

unspoken_boston, Boston, MA (Public Performance)

2005 unspoken_chicago_cta, CTA Blue Line, Chicago, IL (Public Performance)

Feast II, Residency of Faith Wilding, SAIC, Chicago, IL (Interactive Food Performance)

2004 Cut, SAIC, Chicago, IL (Interactive Performance)

displacement/double meaning/edge, Art Space Hue, Seoul, Korea(Three Installations & Interactive Performance with Realtime Documentation)

2003 displacement/double meaning/dualism/edge/constructing/de-constructing, Base Space, SAIC, Chicago, IL(Three Installations)

Selected Group Exhibitions & Performances

2012 Private Feast, MDW Fair 2012, Chicago, IL

Toward the Union of Public Artists, Southside Hub of Production(SHoP), Chicago, IL

Private Feast(1 month long), Version Festival 12, Co-Prosperity, Chicago, IL

2011 SkowheganPERFORMS, Socrates Sculpture Part, Long Island City, NY

NODES, DEAD ENDS AND NEW STARTS, The Charnel House, Chicago, IL

SITE Fest ’11, 3rd ward, Brooklyn, NY

Love Project, Portage Artspace, Chicago, IL USA

The Paul Show, The Charnel House Chicago, Chicago IL USA

2010 New Video Works, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

New Works for the Collection, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX

Wearable, Worksounds Gallery, Portland, OR

2009 Group Show, KINOKINO, Sandnes, Norway

Prak-sis Benefit Exhibition, Rodan, Chicago IL

2008 Our Cityscape, Switchboard Art Show, Chicago IL (Interactive public performance)

Platform, Cermak Place, Chicago, IL (Video Installation)

2008 Thunderbolt Special, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX

Focus: Midwest, Midwest Museum of Contemporary Art,  Indianapolis, IN

Social Fabric, College Art Associate, Dallas, TX

2007  Around the Coyote Festival, Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006 Converging Patterns, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, Boston, MA (Interactive Performance)

Sartorial Flux, A+D Gallery, Chicago, IL (Interactive Performance)

Thesis show, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL (Insteractive Voice Installation)

2005 Manipulation, G2, School of Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL (Interactive Performance)

Group Show, Galeria Noua, Bucharest, Romania (Screening)

Threshold, Gallery X, School of Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL(Interactive Performance)

2004 Gear 2005, Sound Bar, Chicago, IL (Performance & Screening)

Heretic Heredity: Moving DISpacement, Up the stairs, Chicago, IL (Video Installation)

Promise Land, Athenaeum Theater, Chicago, IL (Performance & Screening)

Undergraduate Exhibition, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL (Video Installation)

Crowning Glory: multicultural hats, headwear, and ornamentation, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL (Performative fashion show)

Social Seduction, Betty Rymer Gallery, SAIC, Chicago, IL (Performance)

2003 Credit/No Credit, Fiber& Material Study, SAIC, Chicago, IL (Interactive Performance)

Extension, LG Space, SAIC, Chicago, IL (Video Installation)

Mirror Mirror, LG Space, SAIC Chicago, IL (Installation)

Light Show, Sensorium, SAIC, Chicago, IL (Video Installation)

Feast I, Fiber&Material Study, SAIC, Chicago, IL (Interactive Food Performance)

2002 Extravaganza, SAIC, Chicago, IL (Video Installation)

Reviews & Publications

2011 The News Journal, August 7, 2011, Cooking up community, cultural connections, Wilmington, DE, USA

2010 The Blanton Museum of Art, May 2010, New Works for Collection, Austin, TX, USA

2009 Stavanger Aftenblad, November 11, 2009, You can become a part of a lager art project,Stavnager, Norway

NRK, December 9, 2009, KINOKINO AIR Exhibition

TV Aftenblad, December 7, 2009, Daily News, Stavanger, Norway

2008 Nuvo, March 12, 2008, A Midwest aesthetic, Indianapolis, IN

2007 Immersion Graphique, April 2007, http://immerg.com/ France

2006 Urban Pollution, review, May 2006,http://www.urbanpollution.com/

2006 Interactions under the city, we make money not art, Oct 2006

2006 Sartorial Flux, Catalogue, A+D Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006 Siggraph 2006, Catalogue, Siggraph, Boston, MA

2004 New York Art magazine, Review; Ho Yun Son, May/Jun Issue

Misulsegae, Review; Gap between my teeth, Ho Yun Son Solo Show, Vol.231, 2004, Seoul, Korea

Herald Korea, Review; Ho Yun Son Solo Show, /Jan 13th, 2004, Seoul Korea


2011 Artist in Residency, Latin American Community Center, Wilmington, DE
Interdisciplinary project with 15 teens for 6 weeks (3 classes/week) includes 2 performances and 1 exhibition

2006 Artist Talk, Siggraph, Boston, MA

2005 Teaching Assistant, School of Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Video Installation I with Mary Patten
Fundamentals of Art with Technology with Wafaa Bilal

Public Collection

Black Ghost Blues Redux, 2008” in collaboration with Charles Gaines, Permanent Collection of Museum of University of Texas