Julie Unchu Song, who is working on her master’s degree in illustration at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), recently received the Windes Corporate Gallery Award, which is presented twice a year to a graduate student in the campus’ Studio Arts Program. The selected student’s artwork is then displayed in Windes’ downtown Long Beach headquarters.
“We are very pleased to recognize Julie with the Windes Corporate Gallery Award,” said John Di Carlo, managing partner of Windes, a leading Southern California accounting and consulting firm with 88 years in business. “‘One Full Moon Night’ is a technically detailed and impressive piece. The surreal landscape is thought-provoking and invites the viewer to explore the visual juxtaposition of an abandoned building façade with childhood images of sea creatures and circus animals. Julie’s work is displayed in the lobby of our corporate headquarters for employees and visitors to view and enjoy.”
A resident of Stanton, Song, whose graphite drawing titled “One Full Moon Night” will be displayed for six months, received her bachelor’s in visual communication design from Dankook University in Korea. She is scheduled to complete her master’s degree this fall.
“Julie is quiet by nature, and enjoys getting lost in the detailed worlds she creates with labor intensive graphite techniques,” said Professor Robin Richesson, who is the head of Illustration at CSULB. “Her work has become more and more surprising in its inventive use of form, creating a potentially more engaging experience for viewers.”
Song’s creativity, skill, and dedication to her work have made her graphite and watercolor drawings come alive, transporting the viewer to surrealistic worlds where fantasy and reality intermingle, creating a richly complex landscape and inviting the viewer to step inside her dreams.
“It is a great honor to receive this award with my most favorite piece,” said Song. “I have wanted to give people a pleasure by using my imagination to illustrate my fantasies based on ordinary places since I started the master program in CSULB. I hope that people enjoy the fun and surprising fantasies through my illustration.”
Windes has a long-standing tradition of community involvement and this award is intended to actively encourage and support graduate art students and their work. By showcasing these artists in a corporate setting, Windes hopes to bring awareness and appreciation of the cultural and creative contributions artists make to our communities to enhance, beautify and inspire.