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Okja Kwon

  • Lecturer, Writing & Critical Thinking


MS, Cultural Foundations of Education, UW-Milwaukee
BFA, Print & Narrative Forms, UW-Milwaukee
BFA, Painting & Drawing, UW-Milwaukee


Okja Kwon is a Korean-born, transracial adoptee artist who communicates through intimate illustrative image-making. She explores the erasure of self in relation to the constructs of nationalism and belongingness. Kwon’s work whispers ideations of (re)imagined recollections of the fragmented memories of in-betweenness, loss, and the repair and rebuilding of relationships.

Kwon has exhibited artwork in various state, national and international galleries, and educational institutions. She holds BFA degrees in Painting and Drawing and ​Narrative ​Print and ​Forms; and an MS in the Cultural ​Foundations of ​Education, for which she wrote about the cultural and legal implications of family detention at T. Don Hutto in Taylor, Texas. Kwon's current scholarship focuses on how archived histories create complex negotiations for ideas of nationalism, impacting those deemed “other.” Kwon teaches critical thinking and writing in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works as a cultural strategist and editor with artists, creatives, and educational institutions.​