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Opening Reception for Joan Kim Suzuki: Modern Korean Folk Art

May 5, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Joan Kim Suzuki is a Korean-American artist whose mission is to show the beauty of her culture to people who were raised in multicultural or immigrant families like herself. She grew up confused about her identity, not sure whether she should identify as Korean or American. But after a long life-changing journey, she began to create art, and the puzzle pieces of her identity began to fit together again. She hopes that her Modern Asian artwork will be an expression of how beautiful being both Asian and American can be, and she also wishes for younger generations to embrace this idea with confidence and joy.

Her upcoming exhibition will be in honor of AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Heritage month; all the sweat, tears, and prayers of our ancestors who left everything behind in order to give their children a bright future will be honored during this month of May. Her story will be woven into the canvas with the brilliant colors of Asia, creating an immersive experience, and putting vivid color back into the black-and-white faded memories of her family’s past.

Following the Opening Reception, the exhibition will be on display at Westbury Arts through May 27, 2023. The gallery will be open for viewing on the following days:

  • Thursdays from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM
  • Fridays from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM
  • Saturdays from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM


This program is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and is administered by The Huntington Arts Council, Inc.


Westbury Arts
255 Schenck Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590
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