Nicholas Oh

Visual Arts Residency
Nicholas Oh is a Korean American artist currently working in Brooklyn. Oh focuses on creating objects and installations that deal with race and identity to provoke and challenge the audience to question their own ideas about past and current social issues. By creating and destroying clay replicas of Confederate statues, the artist explores changes in the statue’s meaning through time and history. While many believe these statues were built to commemorate fallen soldiers during the Civil War, he looks deeper into their role in oppression and terror. The artist’s ideas start by looking back on his own history and background (Oh was born in Wisconsin, but spent his early childhood in Korea) which have influenced him to approach things from a multicultural perspective. Nicholas Oh is a United States Marine Corps veteran. He received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, in 2018, after graduating with a BA from San Francisco State University, San Francisco, 2015. Oh has done residencies at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan and Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado and has exhibited his work at Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA; Milwaukee Art Institute, Milwaukee, WI; American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA; and Pence Gallery, Davis, CA. Nicholas Oh’s Residency is supported in part by a partnership with Rhode Island School of Design