The Kentucky Arts Council, supports the Carnegie with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the arts.
COVINGTON, Ky. (July 24, 2023) – The Carnegie has announced the addition of Sso-Rha Kang to their curatorial team.
An accomplished curator and arts educator, Sso-Rha Kang will be departing from Northern Kentucky University as the Director of Galleries and Outreach. In her role at NKU, she curated exhibitions, performances, and organized events with an emphasis on cross disciplinary collaboration.
Her research interests delve into areas of institutional critique, blankness and aesthetic experience. She has taught from 2017-2023 at institutions such as, The University of Cincinnati (Department of Anthropology and School of Art), The Art Academy of Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky University.
Notably, Kang curated “Here and There: Navigating the Cultural In-Between” at NKU, which gained press in the July 2023 issue of Korea Monthly Ceramic Art Magazine. The exhibition explored a diverse range of works from Korean ceramic artists that negotiate the complexities of bicultural identities and perspectives.
“Sso-Rha has been one of the most exciting curators in this region for several years,” shares Matt Distel, Executive Director of The Carnegie. “Sso-Rha’s shows are invariably thoughtful, intelligent and reflect her interests in working with and supporting compelling artists from this area and beyond. Her approach to organizing exhibitions will build on the strategies we have developed at The Carnegie over the past decade and, I am certain, provide an even more vital platform for artists and projects in Northern Kentucky / Greater Cincinnati.”
Sso-Rha Kang will bring her cross-disciplinary experience to The Carnegie, whose galleries are known for inviting guest curators to collaborate with artists from the region. The Carnegie’s exhibitions make an effort to create opportunities that will grow regional artists’ careers and creative practice. Their current exhibition, “Dynamics of Flow” features international artists like Betty Woodman, Kyp Malone and Cauleen Smith along with local artists such as Michael Stillion, Sara Torgison, Marsha Mack and more.
Additionally, Kang has curated exhibitions for Wave Pool, The Carnegie, Pearlman Gallery, Third Space Gallery and The Contemporary Arts Center. She is currently one of two Consulting Curators for the state of Ohio in the exhibition New Worlds: Women to Watch (2024) for the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. A related touring exhibition of Ohio-based artists opens at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus on July 29th.