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Sculptor, alumna Olivia Kim to give artist talk at Alfred University

Alfred University | 2/06/19

Olivia Kim ’01 works on a Frederick Douglass statue at her Rochester studio.
Olivia Kim ’01 works on a Frederick Douglass statue at her Rochester studio.

Alfred University alumna Olivia Kim, who recently created several sculptures of renowned civil rights activist Frederick Douglass for a city-wide exhibition in Rochester, will present at artist talk on campus Friday, Feb. 8.


ALFRED, NY – Alfred University alumna Olivia Kim, who recently created several sculptures of renowned civil rights activist Frederick Douglass for a city-wide exhibition in Rochester, will present at artist talk on campus Friday, Feb. 8.

In her presentation, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center, Kim will talk about her sculpture practice, which has included historic commissions and has been influenced by her in-depth studies of human movement.

Kim, who earned a B.F.A. degree (concentration in sculpture) from Alfred University in 2001, was chosen by the “Re-Energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass” committee to design and make the 13 statues of Frederick Douglass, which were placed throughout Rochester in a city-wide interactive tour. The monument display is part of a larger celebration marking the bicentennial of Douglass’ birth in 1818.

The statues, made at Kim’s sculpture studio in the Hungerford Building on East Main Street in Rochester, were completed last fall. They are replicas of a larger statue of Douglass – the first monument erected in the United States to an African American – which was installed in Rochester’s Highland Park neighborhood in 1899.

After graduating from Alfred University, Kim spent several years studying figure sculpting at Italy’s Florence Academy of Art. She returned to her home in Rochester with an interest in studying the human form in motion and capturing that fluidity in sculpture. This led to working closely with FuturPointe Dance and Natalie Rogers-Cropper of Garth Fagan Dance to learn about different types of contemporary dance movements.

Kim gained national attention for her commissioned work on the series of Douglass statues. During her talk she will also share plans involving a commissioned tribute to Susan B. Anthony, as Rochester celebrates the centennial anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

The talk is sponsored by the Art Force 5’s Alfred Chapter and is funded through the Alfred University Student Senate. After Kim’s talk, attendees are invited to the Cohen Center Gallery’s opening reception of the Local Alumni Invitational, an exhibition featuring art from approximately 75 Alfred University alumni living within a 20 mile radius of Alfred. Both events are free and open to the public.