HUTCHINSON — Works by Tabor College art instructor Shin-hee Chin and Santa Fe, New Mexico, ceramic artist Heidi Loewen are on display at the Hutchinson Art Center, 405 N. Washington St. in Hutchinson.
After a nearly year-long renovation, life has returned to the Hutchinson Art Center. Inside and out, everything about the location has changed. A dark, slate gray coat of paint is accented with bright blue trim surrounding large windows that lead into the modern interior.
The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends.
Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Shin-hee Chin received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Hong-Ik University. Shortly after, she immigrated to the United States with her husband and raised two kids while earning her master’s degree in Fiber Arts from California State University at Long Beach.
As an educator for 14 years, Chin has taught drawing, painting, color theory, and mixed media at Tabor College in Hillsboro. She was elected as distinguished faculty at Tabor College in 2008.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Textile Museum at Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, the Palais des Nations (United Nations’ headquarters building), Geneva, Switzerland, and Uijeongbu Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea.
Shin-hee Chin’s work was featured as the cover of the Studio Art Quilt Associates Journal in 2017 and the cover of Surface Design Association Journal in 2014. She has won numerous awards including: Carolyn Lee Thrasher Vehslage Award; Catherine Hastedt Award; The Miriam Machel Award; Kirtz/Van Nortwick Award; Publisher’s Award; Most Innovative Use of the Medium Award, Quilt National; Award of Excellence, The Carnegie Center for Art & History; and Best of Show, Art St. Louis Gallery.