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UTA art student selected for Yale summer program and grant

Monday, April 17, 2017 • Media Contact: Teresa Woodard Schnyder

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A University of Texas at Arlington student will attend the prestigious Yale University Norfolk Summer School of Art program.

Miso Kim, a sophomore studying art with a concentration in painting, was one of only 26 students selected out of more than 250 applicants from across the world to attend the special program hosted by Yale University’s Art Division.

UTA sophomore Miso Kim

Kim is originally from South Korea, but studied abroad in America at a small private school in Arlington when she was a high school freshman.  She credits her parents for her love of art. “I grew up with very affectionate, artistic parents who demonstrated delicate and wise ways of self-expression,” she said.  “I’ve always been reminded that there are endless possibilities to speak for myself in art,” she said.

Kim has high praise for UTA professors Robert Hower, Sedrick Huckaby, Matthew Clark  and Marilyn Jolly for being outstanding mentors and assisting her with the lengthy application process for the highly competitive program. 

Robert Hower, Chair of the Department of Art and Art History in UTA’s College of Liberal Arts, credits Kim’s talent and hard work for this well-deserved reward.  “When the notification to submit a candidate was received, the painting faculty immediately sent me Miso Kim’s name. Only 26 students who attend top universities receive scholarships and are selected to participate and she had a very strong application,” Hower said.   

The Yale Norfolk Summer Program is the preeminent undergraduate art program in the United States and puts students in touch with mentors and other young artists with varied backgrounds in several artistic mediums.  

Elisabeth Cawthon, Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts said, “When Miso represents the Department of Art and Art History, the College of Liberal Arts and UTA this summer, she will be a superb example of the student talent, and the development and nurturing of that talent, that characterizes our university.”

Attendees will receive expert instruction through workshops and critiques from accomplished Yale faculty and visiting faculty.  This vigorous program is designed to broaden already talented young artists’ scope of knowledge, understanding and abilities.  As Kim’s portfolio is sure to diversify and exponentially expand this summer, her professors expect her to share her experience and work with UTA students and faculty when she returns.

Yale University’s Norfolk Summer School of Art program, established in 1946 as a legacy of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Trust, is a six-week summer session offered for academic credit by Yale University’s Art Division. It is held in Norfolk, Connecticut. The 26 students are housed approximately 60 miles from the Yale University grounds on the Stoeckel Estate.  All of their expenses are paid.

Notable artists who are alumni of the program include contemporary fiber artist Sheila Hicks, German-born American pioneer sculptor Eva Hesse, famed photorealist Chuck Close, American minimalist artist Robert Mangold and contemporary artist Brice Marden.

About UTA’s Art and Art History Program

UTA’s Department of Art and Art’s internationally recognized research programs (Visual Communication and Emerging Media, Film and Video, Intermedia, Glass, 3D Studio, 2D Studio, Photography, Art History, Art Education) provide outstanding undergraduate and graduate training in theoretical, experimental and applied art, design and new media. With a distinguished faculty of approximately 60 artists, designers and historians and a diverse body of over 650 undergraduate and graduate students, we continue to educate a new generation of artists, designers, historians and educators (

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution. With a projected global enrollment of close to 57,000, UTA is one of the largest institutions in the state of Texas. Guided by its Strategic Plan 2020 Bold Solutions|Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and education within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was recently cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities. U.S. News & World Report lists UTA as having the fifth highest undergraduate diversity index among national universities. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets. 

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