Julia Kwon creates traditional and hybrid Korean textiles through quilting and painting. Her work aims to challenge preexisting notions of what it means to be Korean and feminine as well as to examine the complexities of constructing identity within the contemporary context of globalism and cultural hybridity. Kwon also explores community and personal relationship building through collaborative projects such as communal quilting, one-on-one portrait drawing, and building a community that shares local artist talks. Her newest project "Unapologetically Asian" is a series of Korean patchwork face masks that are created in response to the coronavirus-related racism against Asian Americans.
Julia Kwon was born in the U.S. and has earned her M.F.A. at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and B.A. in Studio Art at Georgetown University. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and won awards such as the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University's Traveling Fellowship as well as the artist residencies at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Vermont Studio Center, NARS Foundation, Montgomery College, Gallery 263, and Textile Arts Center. She has had artist lectures at Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Georgetown University, Lehigh University, The University of Rochester, Emerson College, and Montgomery College.