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Title The Grand Prize for “Alfred Summer” by Sun Koo Yuh
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The 2nd World Ceramic Biennale 2003 Korea
International Competition

The Grand Prize for “Alfred Summer” by Sun Koo Yuh


The Grand Prize of the 2nd International Competition of the 2nd World Ceramic Biennale 2003 Korea was awarded to Sun Koo Yuh, a Korean American artist, for his work titled ‘Alfred Summer.’ Alfred Summer was submitted in the ‘Ceramics as Expression’ category, and it presents African figures in the shape of a tower. It was selected from among 215 pieces that had passed the preliminary selection process. It is a large sculpture measuring two meters and 43 centimeters high. The expressionist techniques employed in its creation give a strong impression to viewers. Mr. Sun Koo Yuh will receive 30 million won in cash and a scholarship of 10 million won.
Katsuko Nakashima from Japan won the Gold Prize with Table for a Festival in the ‘Ceramics for Use’ category. In the ‘Ceramics as Expression’ category, Steven Montgomery from the USA won the Gold Prize with Divergent-C. These two Gold Prize Winners will receive 10 million won each. The four Silver Prize Winners, each of whom will be awarded 5 million won, are Edmund De Waal from the UK with Lidded Jar and Min Young Son from Korea with Bowl with Space from the ‘Ceramics for Use’ category, and Stephen Hudson from Australia with Untitled and Fausto Salvi from Italy with Down 2000 from the ‘Ceramics as Expression’ category. (Refer to the Final Results table for the list of Bronze Prize-Winners, Special Prize-Winners, and Juror’s Choices.)
Out of 2,454 entries by 1,481 artists from 68 countries all over the world, 36 artists were awarded prizes. They will be exhibited at the Icheon World Ceramic Center during the Biennale with other works that passed the preliminary selection. The jury consisted of five jurors ? Rudolf Schnyder (Switzerland), Honorary President of the IAC, Ronald Kuchta (USA) Editor of American Ceramics Magazine, Yoshiaki Inui (Japan), President of Kanzawa College of Art, Sangho Shin (Korea), Dean of the Graduate School of Industrial Art, Hong-Ik University, and Moonseup Shim (Korea), Professor of the Department of Sculpture of Jungang University. Neither names nor nationalities of the participating artists were revealed to the jurors during the selection process. Each step of the screening and votes was conducted fairly through discussions.
Especially, the Jurors went through exceptionally serious and fervent debates and discussions to select the Grand Prize-Winner among the four final candidates.

According to a geographical breakdown of the 36 prize-winners; Asia topped the list with 14 winners, followed by Europe with 13 winners, the US with 7, and Oceania with 2. This happened to be in proportion with the number of entries from each part of the world. Of the 14 prize-winning pieces from Asia, eight were from Korea, the most from any Asian country.

In the ‘Ceramics for Use’ category, Asian entries prevailed, while in the ‘Ceramics as Expression’ category, Western artists were wore prominent. This suggests that regional traditions held strong influence over the artists. After the selection process was completed, Dr. Rudolf Schnyder, the president of the jury of the competition, commented, ‘This was a world-class international competition. Many excellent works which reflect traditions of ceramic arts of countries all over the world were presented. We had great difficulty in selecting a few out of the many excellent candidates.’ Ronald Kuchta, who had served as a juror during the first competition in 2001 said, ‘In general, the caliber of entries for the 2nd competition was higher than that of the first competition. In particular, many excellent works were presented in the category of Ceramics as Expression. The 2nd Biennale exhibition will provide a great opportunity to showcase the diversity in ceramic arts the world over.’

In terms of the number of countries represented and participating artists, the 2nd International Competition was world class. A total of 1,481 artists from 68 countries competed. The competition included both world-renowned artists and fresh newcomers. No one can deny that the International Competition of the World Ceramic Biennale Korea is now one of the world’s most important international competitions in ceramic arts.

The Grand Prize-Winner, Mr. Sun Koo Yuh, graduated from the College of Fine Art and Design, Hong-Ik University, and New York State College, Alfred, New York. He is an assistant professor of art at Western Illinois University, USA. He won the Bronze Prize at the First International Competition during the 1st World Ceramic Biennale 2001 Korea.


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