Co-founder and Director
Heng-Gil Han, the Co-Founder and Director of Korea Art Forum, has curated an innovative series of international exhibitions and conferences exploring North Korean art with the goal of advancing contemporary art and supporting global peace-building endeavors. Previously, Han served as a curator for the 2008 Busan Sculpture Project, Busan Biennale, and the 2009 and 2011 Incheon Women Artists’ Biennales, all in South Korea. From 2001 to 2012, Han served as the Visual Arts Director and Curator for the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) in Queens, NY. At JCAL, Han conceived and implemented Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows, a large-scale project of site-specific and social practice art that supported emerging artists as well as the local community by connecting arts and commerce. Han received a Research Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council in 2017; a Curatorial Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in 2015; a Project Development Grant from the Arts Council Korea in 2012; and a Cyber Residency Scholarship from the Bronx Council on the Arts in 2001. A collection of his critical essays on contemporary art, Network and Fluid, was published by the Stone & Water Art Project (SAP) in South Korea in 2009.
Digital & UX Designer
Rahul Alexander, who contributes website and design-related components to the projects, is an artist and designer who explores technology, user experience, and web development. Because technology is such an integral part of KAF’s programs, Alexander is a critical member of our team. Alexander received his BFA from Tufts University, his MFA from Pratt Institute, and is a fellow of the Artist in the Marketplace Program at the Bronx Museum of Art. He previously served on the advisory board of NURTUREart Non-Profit and founded the HOTEL live-work artist space in Bushwick. He has collaborated on numerous public art projects through his collective, BroLab, and his has instructed media classes at Parsons and Pratt Institute.
Grant Writer and Communications Coordinator
Cheryl Richards, who assists with writing and editing publications and other written materials for KAF, has over 15 years’ experience writing foundation, corporate, and government grant proposals for non-profit organizations including the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, High 5 Tickets to the Arts, The Clemente Center, and Executive Service Corps. She is also a freelance graphic designer who specializes in creating websites and promotional materials for artists and musicians. Cheryl is a jazz vocalist with a BFA in Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She performs regularly at venues throughout New York City and her newest CD, If I Had You, was released on New Artists Records in 2015.