Kate Oh Trabulsi
As the former owner of an image reproductions company, Kate Oh Trabulsi often visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art to look at artworks that she was commissioned to reproduce. Stricken by the beauty of the museum, Kate decided to pursue studies in art history, and subsequently started working as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since 2004, she has been introducing the historical artworks exhibited at the museum to many Korean visitors. She worked as a Korean Tour Guides' captain starting Fall of 2013.
Kate has a background of a painter and a sculptor (Parsons The New School for Design B.F.A. '98 M.F.A. '00). Having resided in New York City, away from her home country for over 20 years, she pursued Minhwa art to reconnect with her Korean roots. She was fascinated by the sublimity of its lines and colors, and became a Minhwa artist herself to share her interpretation of the artistic genre.
Also being a skilled Traditional Korean Dancer, Kate performed at the 19th Annual KPAC Concert, Taepy'ŏng Sôngdae, Great Peace, Tranquility, and Joy for Thousands of Years!, organized by KTPAA.
This concert featured two exceptional Korean performing artists, Je-Man Jung and Sue Yeon Park. Je-Man Jung is a human cultural asset in Korea (Intangible Culture Heritage No.27, 'Seungmu' Dance), and Sue Yeon Park is a New York-based Korean dance master and National Heritage Fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts.
Minhwa commonly refers to a genre of Korean folk art from the late Choseon era, 17th to 19th century. The paintings carry the mythology, religion, and view points of the Korean people and are mainly created for a house decoration purpose while conveying artistic expressions of the unknown artisans. The contents symbolize the feelings of happiness, anger, love and delight in everyday life and one's wish for wellbeing.