At age 16, Korean native Young Kim ‘96 was on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk as part of a fine arts exchange program. Young and her parents in Korea desired that she reside in the United States, enjoy the culture and participate in a primary education experience. Through friends already in the Norfolk area, the family found Norfolk Christian High School, where they enrolled their daughter as an eleventh grader in 1994.
Young’s Norfolk Christian art instructor, Sharon Ewell, recognized her already developing gifts in the visual arts and in 1995, strongly encouraged her to enter a student art gallery contest. That affirming nudge led to Young being awarded the Congressional Art Award, then her art being displayed in Washington D. C., and to further opportunities that led Young to the prestigious Chicago Art Institute after graduating from Norfolk Christian in 1996.
As of 2016, Ms. Kim has had a prolific career in the world of art and fashion as a Fashion Designer, Educator and Interdisciplinary Artist. Working both creatively and as a corporate representative, she has been affiliated with distinguished organizations such as Parsons School of Design in New York City, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago Fashion Foundation and most currently, as NYC Studio Director at Kent State University's Fashion School.
In 2016, Young Kim established a $1,000 annual fine arts award to honor Mrs. Ewell’s impact as an instructor and encourage current Norfolk Christian students who demonstrate giftedness and a serious desire to pursue study of the arts.
About The Scholarship
- The $1,000 award is provided to encourage a current Norfolk Christian student in grades six through twelve who wishes to advance his or her exploration of the arts through an extended learning program outside of the Norfolk Christian classroom that is endorsed by a Norfolk Christian instructor or mentor.