Arrowmont Connections: Keunho Peter Park takes your stories and turns them into functional wooden sculpture

Arrowmont is a special community full of creative people – a family who know that coming together and making art is important. We talk a lot about the Arrowmont Experience – connecting through craft and community. That connection exists beyond physical proximity. It is in shared memories and new ideas. It lives in the friendships we make with each other. It grows when we learn and support one another.

Whether on campus or off, we are connected as members of the Arrowmont family. Over the next few weeks, we are going to share stories from our community of instructors, residents, and students in a new series, Arrowmont Connections.


Keunho Peter Park is an Arrowmont instructor, and will be returning in July, 2021. Peter is a woodworking artist and studio furniture maker. He creates anthropomorphic forms of functional objects, furniture, and musical instruments inspired by his personal experience and love of music, organic forms of nature such as the beauty of the human body and living creatures through his professional studio, Studio Spong.

Peter was born in 1984 in Columbus, Ohio, and grown up in South Korea. He holds a BFA in painting from South Korea’s Kookmin University and an MFA in woodworking and furniture design from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

Wharton Esherick Prize awarded to Keun ho Peter Park, presented by Nancy Schiffer and Jasper Printon

Peter is the recipient of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show’s Wharton Esherick Award 2015: Excellence in Wood, an Emerging Artist Award Winner at the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show in 2015, and Windgate resident artist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also has taught workshops about free-form woodcarving and musical instrument making at the Society of Contemporary Craft and Peters Valley School of Craft.

Peter currently lives in Philadelphia, PA, and presents his works in the US and South Korea. He has taught wood & furniture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia since 2016.

At the start of 2020, Peter spent a week at Arrowmont’s Winter Pentaculum. He wrote, “2020 pentaculum wood. I love ya’ll. You all made me feel like family:) Thank you so much. Hope we meet again soon ❤️”

 

 

 

 

 

Peter’s furniture was featured in the Philadelphia International Airport through March 3, 2020. In the exhibition, Peter’s work is described:

“Park’s detailing includes carved textures and applied color that accentuates specific surfaces to visually convey each piece’s one-of-a-kind ‘personality.’ His artistic vision and skillful craftsmanship ‘instills a distinctive character’ that celebrates the coexistence of nontraditional forms and functional art.”


Peter is known for his whimsical furniture, stringed instruments, and commissioned functional sculpture.

Peter has begun a series of commissioned wall hooks, inspired by stories and memories of people he has met. He calls these “Floating Heads.”

He wrote, “I simplify forms and characterize them with various colors, shapes and texture. I also use figurative forms sometimes like this. One of my friends has a son and she wanted to give something special to him, who likes cats and loves vivid green color. :-)”

Peter invites you to take part in Floating Heads.

He writes, “If you want to share your own story and to make it as a art form, or simply want to order one of these series, please [direct message] me.” You can reach Peter directly through instagram @spong33​ or through his website at http://www.studiospong.com/contact​.


Learn more at Keunho Peter Park’s Arrowmont Connections profile: https://www.arrowmont.org/instructor/keunho-peter-park-connections/

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