Women’s Lifestyle Magazine Shines Light on Alum’s Search for Identity Through Art
Born in Korea and adopted by American parents at the age of three, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University alumna Abigail Yoo (‘03, BFA Painting) saw her early interest in art blossom into a full-blown passion. She pursued her artistic development at KCAD while co-operating a retail business, and after working for GE Aviation for a number of years post-graduation, Yoo decided to pursue a full-time career as a professional artist.
Through her art, Yoo was inspired to look back into her heritage. In 2014 she traveled to Korea and discovered, among other things, her original surname, Yoo. Her work in ArtPrize 2016 represented her reclaiming of that surname, which she then adopted in place of her American surname, Bradley.
Now, Yoo is among the leading artists in West Michigan. She is a four-time ArtPrize participant, creator of the 2013 Festival of the Arts poster, and a former artist-in-residence at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. Her artwork has been featured by Rutgers University Press and on the NBC Universal television show Chicago Fire, and is included in several private collections through the Midwest.
Grand Rapids-based Women’s Lifestyle Magazine recently chronicled Yoo’s artistic development and search for identity in an article found here.
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