LIVING OUR VALUES (LOV) AWARD
Woonsok Kim was born in Busan, Korea in 1953 and came to the U.S. in 1972. She is renown for her authentic, exuberant narratives in paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, multimedia and installations, which have been shown around the world by museums and galleries since 1985. Kim works and resides in New York and Bloomington with her husband, Thomas Clement.
Kim’s artworks are the visual culmination of her life experiences in both Korea and America. They express her internal world while exploring universal feelings of sorrow, loss, joy and loneliness. However the works still emanate an overwhelming sense of humanism and hope that provides some consolation for her audience.
Kim has exhibited in galleries and museums around the globe (over 60 solo exhibitions), in cities such as New York, Madrid, Seoul, Chicago, Tokyo, Paris and Sao Paulo. Among these important institutions, she has exhibited at the MoMA and the Indianapolis Museum of Art and at many international art fairs, including FIAC, ART Cologne and Art Miami.
Illinois State University’s College of Fine Arts and the School of Art were named the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts and the Wonsook Kim School of Art on September 12, 2019, in recognition of Kim’s generosity to her alma mater.z
Thomas Park Clement
Thomas Park Clement was born in South Korea during the Korean War to a Korean mother and American G.I. father. Outcast as a biracial child and orphaned, he was later adopted by an American family. Thomas was the founder, president and CEO of Mectra Laboratories, Inc., a bio-technology company that manufactured a wide variety of laparoscopic disposable surgical instruments. He is the inventor behind the technical instruments and holds 42 U.S. patents with additional patents pending. He is currently president and CEO of Acroventions Laboratories LLC, an R&D company.
Thomas decided to write about his experiences as a Korean American Adoptee (KAA), which resulted in his 1998 book The Unforgotten War and his 2012 memoir, Dust of the Streets: The Journey of a Biracial Orphan of the Korean War and 2012 video documentary, Where Are You Going, Thomas? The Journey of a Korean War Orphan. He has been a role model and mentor to those in the KAA community and recently set up special funds to cover the costs of other Korean American Adoptees, Korean war veterans, and Korean families looking to locate birth parents, children, or relatives by submitting DNA tests to Family Tree DNA.
His other humanitarian efforts include helping with Korean American community projects in the U.S., supplying medical equipment on missions to Africa and North Korea, and providing food and support for orphanages.
Mr. Clement is the recipient of numerous awards including the Association of Korean Adoptees inaugural Role Model Award (1999), the Purdue University Distinguished Alumnus Award (2000), an appointment by the South Korean President to the Advisory Committee on Unification (2002), the HealthTrust Supplier of the Year (2009), the MedAssets Supplier of the Year (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014), the President’s Call to Service Award (2014), the Korean American Story’s inaugural Trailblazer Award (2015), and now the NAAAP 100 Award. In addition to being an inventor, businessman, and humanitarian, Mr. Clement is a trapeze artist, Tae Kwon Do expert, and has played guitar in a rock band. He has two children and currently lives in Bloomfield, Indiana with his artist wife, Wonsook Kim.