Associate Professor of Art
Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Jiwon Kim started working in fine arts at the early age of 6. Jiwon began his Graphic Design career in 1993, and after completing two years of apprenticeship, he attended the University of Suwon majoring in Sculpture.
Leaving his hometown in 1998, Jiwon moved to the United States to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Drawing at Western Illinois University. While at WIU, he won numerous art awards and talent grants and produced many projects combining graphic design with 2-D and 3-D fine art works. During this time, he was highly influenced by the Swiss international style and Jan Tschichold’s New Typography, and this period of Jiwon's works were known for modern design and fine arts, often delivering elements of both in one design. His wide range of expertise in Art and Design encompasses a variety of medium and application.
Continuing his education, Jiwon completed a Master of Arts in Illustration Design and a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. As he touched both Modern and Post Modern at SCAD, he created personal expressive projects. His works tended to make non-subjective, non-function and non-specific application with deconstruction design study until he started to work for an agency where he began his senior designer career, and collaborated with Public Relations, Copywriters, Advertising, and Marketing. His creativity, passion, work ethic and ability to adjust to the ever-changing demands of clients made him a invaluable designer. When Jiwon decide to drop the Post-Modernism and Fine Artist style, it became apparent that he had the maturity and talent to take on projects without supervision. He was instrumental in winning several large accounts and was promoted to serve as Head Creative Director for this studio.
In 2009, he established his own practice in Seoul, Korea with co-worker, partner and wife, Mihyun Chung. They have embraced a wide range of design projects ranging from exhibition branding, special events campaigns, interactive design, editorial projects, promotional advertising, corporate identity and packaging.
He has exhibited Art and Design works in Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, and United States and has taught at several different institutions continuing to nurture his love of Fine Arts. Recognizing a sense of fulfillment in teaching Art and Design to aspiring artists, when a position opened in 2011 to teach Art at ORU, he stepped into the role of teacher and mentor, and the rest is history. He enjoys what he does and believes God brought him here because there is a purpose for him to be in ORU. Excited to be part of ORU, Jiwon Kim looks forward to many years at ORU sharing his love of Art and Design with his students.