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Jiha Moon

Published August 3, 2023

Assistant Professor
Department of Art                                Curriculum Vitae


Office: FAB 416

Jiha Moon (b. 1973) is from DaeGu, South Korea, and currently lives and works in Tallahassee, Florida. Moon’s gestural painting, ceramic sculpture, and installation explore fluid identities and the global movement of people and their cultures. Moon says, “I am a cartographer of cultures and an icon maker in my lucid worlds.” She is taking cues from a wide range of history of Eastern and Western art, colors and designs from popular culture, Korean temple paintings and folk art, internet emoticons and icons, and labels of products from all over the place. She often teases and changes these lexicons so that they are hard to identify yet stay in a familiar zone.

Moon’s work has been acquired by museums around the country including The Asia Society, The High Museum of Art, The Mint Museum of Art, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Renwick Gallery, and The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  She is a recipient of The Guggenheim award and The Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painter and Sculptor’s award, and her mid-career survey exhibition, “Double Welcome: Most Everyone’s mad here,” organized by Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and Taubman Museum, has toured more than 15 museums around the country. Moon joined Florida State University as a new faculty in the Art department in the fall 2023.


  • MFA University of Iowa
  • MFA Ehwa Womans University
  • BFA Korea University

Research & Teaching Areas of Interests & Expertise

  • Painting/Drawing/Water-based media
  • Ceramic sculpture and installation
  • Work on paper/material study
  • Cultural study/Asian Diaspora/ Contemporary Art

Notable Accomplishments

  • 2023 Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 2016 Artadia Award
  • 2012 MOCA GA Working Artist Fellowship
  • 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptor’s grant
  • 2009-2010 Fabric Workshop and Museum(invitational residency)
  • 2010 MacDowell Colony (invitational residency)
  • 2008 Headland Center for the Arts (invitational residency)
  • 2007 Art Omi International Artist Residency (invitational residency)
  • 2005 The Trawick Prize
  • 2003 Ucross Foundation (invitational residency)
  • 2002 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (invitational residency)