2017-12-05 18:44
International artists gather for love and peace
By Kwon Mee-yoo

The World Culture Artists Association (WCAA) hosts the 2017 International Art Projects to pursue people-to-people diplomacy through art.

Founded in 2014 by Lee Bo-suk, the WCAA is an international organization of artists promoting values such as peace and harmony through art.

There are about 525 artists from 93 countries registered to the WCAA. The list of international members includes Grete Marstein from Norway, Eddie Botha from Australia, Saud Al Hunani from Oman and Wenzhi Zhang from China.

The main event, Seoul International Art Festival, is themed "Peace & Love" this year and held at the Chosun Ilbo Gallery from Dec. 6 to 12. The exhibit features 200 pieces ranging from painting and sculpture to installation and video art from about 200 artists representing 48 countries.

"This exhibit will provide an opportunity to enjoy art exploring themes such as human dignity, environmental preservation and demilitarization and transcending borders and race," said Lee, WCAA founder and president.

Ahead of the exhibition, the WCAA hosted the 32rd International Painting Symposium from Nov. 26 to Dec. 3, at the Creative Art Studio in Nowon, northern Seoul. Fifty artists from 26 countries took part in the symposium and produced art themed on love.

The event aimed to exchange cultures and promote friendships among artists from various countries.
The 2017 International Academic Art Seminar, studying the theme of anti-war, will be held at the Chosun Ilbo Gallery on Dec. 6 and the Eunbong Hall of Induk University on Dec. 7.

To encourage aspiring artists, the WCAA offers the World Youth Art Festival for artists aged five to 19. This year's youth festival is themed "Window" and the exhibit will be held in two separate venues _ part 1 at the Chosun Ilbo Gallery from Dec. 6 to 12 and part 2 at the Induk University Ajung Museum from Dec. 14 to 20.