Professor of Art Phillia Yi currently has her color woodcut artwork showing in two exhibitions in the Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester. An exhibition of her most recent work, “Falling Gardens,” will be on display until Friday, Jan. 18. Since September, selected works by Yi also have been on display in the Passage Gallery at the University of Rochester. They will continue to be on display through the academic year.
Drawing on her experience as a Korean woman living in the United States, Yi creates large abstract prints that reflect cultural tensions. She uses color, pattern and texture to create richly nuanced works full of energy and spirit. Yi works with contemporary woodcut techniques on mahogany plywood, and prints on heavy rag paper with an etching press.
In 2006, Yi was one the artists chosen for the “Rochester Biennial” at the Memorial Art Gallery, and her work has been exhibited at numerous museums and galleries including the Art Center Gallery at Dartmouth College, Boston University, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, and the Seoul Museum of Fine Arts.
Yi holds a BFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and an MFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. She joined the HWS faculty in 1986, and teaches printmaking and drawing courses. Her work has been shown extensively throughout the country, receiving numerous awards. She served as the chair of the art department from 1998-2001 and was given the “Award for Excellence in Teaching” in 1994. She also received a Fulbright Research Grant to South Korea in 2004.