Gateway Korea Foundation

The Gateway Korea Foundation provides opportunities for the Heartland Community to learn about and experience Korean culture.  Based in St. Louis, Missouri, the Gateway Korea Foundation will draw from communities across the American Midwest to nurture a greater understanding and appreciation for Korean culture.


Hyonjeong Kim Han


“Associate Curator of Korean Art” The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

A specialist in Korean and Chinese painting history, Hyonjeong Kim Han, during her tenure at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco since 2010, has organized six major special exhibitions on Korean art including Poetry in Clay: Korean Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art (2011); In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art during the Joseon Dynasty (2013); Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea (2016) and Couture Korea (2017). Currently, she is preparing another special exhibition on Joseon-dynasty official portraits scheduled to open in Spring, 2020.

Prior to the Asian Art Museum, Han worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as Associate Curator of Korean and Chinese Art, and served as the acting head of the Chinese and Korean Art Department (2006 – 2010). From 2004 to 2006, she worked as a senior researcher at the Institute of Korean Painting and was concurrently a lecturer of Asian art history at Seoul National University in Korea.

Friday Festival

June 7, 2019

Contemporary Korean Art- 1980's to Today: The Intersection of Art and K-pop

This year's lecture by Hyonjeong Kim Han, will focus on the many transformations in Korea's modern history from politics, technology and globalization that have influenced Korea's contemporary art scene. We will also discuss the influence and dispersion of Korean art and Kpop throughout the world known as the Hallyu wave.

When: Friday, June 7th 2019

Where: St. Louis Art Museum, Farrell Auditorium

Reception, meet and greet in Farrell Auditorium lobby: 6pm-7pm

Lecture in Farrell Auditorium: 7pm-8:15pm

Admission: Free Admission

Saturday Festival

June 8, 2019

The Gateway Korea Foundation's annual Dano Reception and buffet dinner to support the ongoing mission and activities of GKF throughout the St. Louis and Midwestern communities.

Reception & Gateway Korea Foundation Program

 4:00 – 5:00 PM VIP Reception with Hyonjeong Kim Han

A Conversation with Hyonjeong Kim Han on Contemporary Korean Art

 Buffet Dinner

 5:00 – 6:30 PM GKF Program & Buffet Dinner, Traditional Korean Food

 Panel Discussion

 7:00 – 8:30 PM The Intersection of Contemporary Arts


Lakeside Patio & Auditorium at CityPlace 1

1 CityPlace Drive, Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Saturday Festival is $60 per person to support the ongoing activities of Gateway Korea Foundation and includes buffet Korean dinner and beverages. There is an option of $10 per person for panel discussion only.