We support Korean-American artists living and working in and outside of the United States.
Korea Arts Foundation of America
In June 1989, a group of art supporters in the Los Angeles area founded the Korea Arts Foundation of America (“KAFA”), a non-profit organization, to promote creativity, research, and exhibitions in the arts.
KAFA aims to encourage cooperation and free exchange among those who are interested in the arts, to provide educational facilities and services for persons and organizations engaged in all forms of artistic studies, and to coordinate, plan, organize and execute art projects.
Years in Operation
Total Amount Awarded
One artist is awarded $15,000 biennially.
KAFA selects one artist biennially for a $15,000 award. The purpose of the award is to facilitate creative endeavors, to enhance, encourage, and nurture artistic accomplishments, and to acknowledge the presence of outstanding Korean-American artists. Each awarded artist is required to participate in an exhibition of their work organized by KAFA in Los Angeles within one year of receiving the award. Historically, the exhibitions have been held at the Korean Cultural Center gallery in Mid-Wilshire. The $15,000 award is distributed in two installments of $7,500. The first sum is awarded upon selection, and the remaining awarded at the exhibition opening.The selected recipient is responsible for any and all shipping and ensuring expenses in connection with their works. Proceeds from all sales at the exhibition are given to the artist. The award is made to support the development of an artist’s work. Grantees may use their awards in any way which supports their artistic practice.
Visual artists of all media are eligible
Applicant must be either an American citizen of Korean ancestry or Korean with permanent residency status in the U.S, or approved by the Board
Beginning students and hobbyists need not apply
An application fee of $30.00 must be made payable to KAFA
Artistic merit of works
Consideration of award’s impact on the artist’s career
Record of artistic activity, accomplishments, and future potential
Currently, all KAFA members are members of the Board of Directors. Members enjoy various privileges: meeting people with similar investment in the arts; nurturing promising Korean-American artists by providing financial awards and exhibition opportunities; learning about artists’ varying working processes through studio visits; and observing artists’ career development. Members are invited to attend the jurors meeting during which they review hundreds of applications and make their selection. Members also attend lectures by prominent curators, scholars, critics, and professionals in the arts. KAFA organizes museum tours for the interested members as well.
KAFA welcomes those who are passionate about its mission. Each member’s contribution is $1,000 annually. All contributions and donations are tax deductible.
Board of Directors
Jae Min and Hyunjoo Chang
Han and Sookie Huskey
Kyu Sik and Inhee Jung
Jong Soo and Ilsun Kim
Taewoong and Soonja Oh Kim
Yong Im Kim
David Lee and Miki Nam
Frank and Ae Kyung Lee
Sabina Y. Lee
Indong and Kyungja Oh
Hak Sik and Aeza Son
Charles and Kay Song
President: Dr. Thomas Han
Secretary: Susan Baik
Treasurer: Kyungja Oh
Christine Y. Kim
Howard N. Fox
Henry T. Hopkins