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.


What’s New

Photos from Chuseok and Passport to Korea - October 13, 2019

Kent’s Korean Wanderings Blog - September 13, 2019


Hyonjeong Kim Han


Associate Curator of Korean Art at 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.

Wassan Al-Khudhairi

Chief Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis”

She has organized Guan Xiao: Fiction Archive Project, Hayv Kahraman: Acts of Reparation, Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Re-Evolving Door to the Moundverse and SUPERFLEX: European Union Mayotte. Prior to her position at CAM, Al-Khudhairi was the Hugh Kaul Curator of

Modern and Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art. During her time in Birmingham, she organized the first large-scale exhibition of the museum’s contemporary collection, Third Space / shifting conversations about contemporary art. She was invited to be a

Curator for the 6 th Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan in 2017 and Co-Artistic Director for 9 th Gwangju Biennial in South Korea in 2012. Serving as the Founding Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar, Al-Khudhairi oversaw the opening of the Museum in 2010 and co-curated Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art and curated Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab.


Philip Hu

Curator of Asian Art at Saint Louis Art Museum

He joined the Museum in 2006 and initiated the Museum’s first gallery for Korean art. Philip received a BA in architecture from UC Berkeley and a Master of Architecture from UCLA. He subsequently received his MA in Chinese art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where he also completed all the coursework for the PhD program. He taught East Asian art history at New York University and at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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
Children’s choirs from Korean Academy of St.Louis

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

Admission: Free Admission

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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 with Traditional Korean Food

Music by local artists Kara McAtee & Grant Argent

 Panel Discussion

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


Hyonjeong Kim Han, Associate Curator of Korean Art, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Wassan Al Khudhairi, Chief Curator of the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis

Philip Hu, Curator of Asian Art at the St. Louis Art Museum


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.