Mina Kim

Assistant Professor of Art History
(205) 348-5967
Office Location:
Garland 205A
(205) 348-0287

Dr. Mina Kim joined the department in 2019 to teach art history foundations. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art of Korea and East Asia including multimedia and digital art, global modern and contemporary art, transdisciplinarity in art and science/mathematics/physics, cross- or inter-communication between art and science, art and religion, art and society in East Asia and the world, and the art, society and politics of mapping east and west.

Before coming to UA, Kim was a post-doctoral faculty fellow in Asian art history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her BA in the history of art magna cum laude from the University of Michigan, and her MA and PhD degrees in the history of art from The Ohio State University.

Kim is the author of Jung Yeondoo’s Media Art: Quantum Deformation through Coincidence of the Real and the Virtual. She has published three articles related to the Chinese artist, Pan Tianshou (1897-1971), in Orientations, Journal of Museum Studies and American Journal of Chinese Studies. Kim is currently researching Korean experimental art of the 1960s and 1970s: performance, participatory and social art in Korea, multimedia and digital art in the global world and transdisciplinarity in art and science, especially mathematics and physics.

Selected Publications

  • Jung Yeondoo’s Media Art: Quantum Deformation through Coincidence of the Real and the Virtual. In the series of Arko Media Critical Edition, vol. 10. Seoul: Arts Council Korea Arko Art Center, 2018.
  • “Across Time and Space: Historical Influence on Pan Tianshou (1897-1971),” Orientations 48, no. 4 (2017): 42-47.
  • “Beyond Representation: Reinscribing Museum’s Collection of Chinese Painting in the Contested History: A Case Study of Pan Tianshou Memorial Museum,” Bakmulgwan hakbo (Journal of Museum Studies) 32 (June 2017): 105-128.
  • “The Embodiment of Time and Space: Political Expression of Pan Tianshou,” American Journal of Chinese Studies 24, no. 2 (October 2017): 141-152.
  • “Experimental Art in the Hidden Story of Korea,” (Accepted modulo revision in Art History)
  • “Quantum Deformation of Reality: Empathy Created by Jung Yeondoo’s Small Ball,” (under the second review in Third Text)

Selected Presentations

  • “Creativity in Contemporary Art: Jung Yeondoo’s Quantum Deformation of Reality,” The AAS-in-Asia 2019 Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, July 2019
  • “Experimental Art in the 1960s and 1970s Korea,” AAS (The Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference), Denver, CO, March 2019
  • “The Concealed Essence of the Phenomenon: Korean Experimental Art for Today,” MACAA (Mid-America College Art Association), Lincoln, NE, October 2018
  • “Beyond Representation: Reinscribing Museum’s Collection of Chinese Painting in the Contested History,” International Council of Museums, South Korea, May 2017
  • “Past and Present: Exchange, Negotiation and Transformation in East Asia,” The Korean National University of Cultural Heritage, South Korea, May 2017
  • “Intersection of Religion with Modern Chinese Ink Painting,” University of Nebraska-Omaha, NE, April 2017
  • “Cultural Nationalism and Modernity: Rediscovering Pan Tianshou in Twentieth Century China,” University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE, April 2016
  • “Epitomizing Hybrid Subjectivity and Sociocultural Environment: Letter by Li Zhi of Bada Shanren (1626-1705),” The Mellon Chinese Object Study Conference at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington DC, November 2014

Recent Grants and Awards

  • Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students Awards, UNL Parents Association, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, 2019
  • Marilyn A. Papp Graduate Scholarship, Marilyn A. Papp Graduate Scholarship Trust, L. Roy Papp & Associates, Phoenix, AZ, 2014-2016
  • ASC Awards, The Ohio State University, Columbus, 2014-2015

Ph.D., The Ohio State University (2016)
M.A., The Ohio State University (2012)
B.A., University of Michigan (2007)