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Courtyard Commencement 1957 Sung-Woo Chun

Sung-Woo Chun, the first Korean student to attend the School receives his BFA degree at Commencement in the courtyard.  Chun studied with Elmer Bischoff, Nathan Oliveira and Ralph Ducasse who he followed to Mills College for his MFA. Fellow students and friends included Carlos Villa, Dean Fleming and William T. Wiley.  In a 2011 interview for Carlos Villa’s Rehistoricizing Abstract Expressionism, Chun recalled the Pabst sisters at the School having the pond in the courtyard filled with their father’s beer for a School party.  Chun had a noted exhibition history eventually showing at the Whitney Museum’s Young Americans show in 1960. He returned to Korea to run his family’s private museum and be headmaster at his family’s private high school.

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