Dominic Pangborn’s exhibit opening celebration

I had the privilege of introducing Dominic Pangborn July 10 at the opening event celebrating his museum exhibition – Evolution of Art & Design Through Revolution – at the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, Mich. The retrospective collection of his work is displayed there through Oct. 11.

Nearly 200 people came from all over the country to attend the private opening, including many Park West VIP collectors. It truly was a celebration.

Born in Korea, Dominic spent his adolescent years in Jackson. The museum’s director, Amy Reimann, graciously extended the community’s pride to have him return home for this important exhibition.

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Although I had seen the artwork for the exhibit many times while working with Dominic to curate it and then select framing, viewing the more than 60 works together in the venue, arranged so carefully and meaningfully, really had impact. It demonstrates the extensive range of his many artistic and creative talents.

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You need only a few minutes with Dominic to recognize he is tirelessly creative and fearless in his art. He told the full house about his journey to America, his journey to art and then his journey through his career. There was a lot of laughter and a lot of awe. His story is inspiring and hard to imagine in our culture.

At his mother’s urging – to spare him from continued discrimination for being of mixed-race – 10-year-old Dominic set out on foot from his small Korean village. He eventually reached the Catholic mission in Seoul, where he got on a plane to the USA, not knowing an ounce of English. He was adopted by the Pangborns of Jackson and became their 12th child. He attributes his years in Korea – when he had nothing but what he made or invented – for his need to create. And he attributes his successes to the opportunities coming to the states provided.

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It’s only when you see a collection like this that you can begin to grasp the many facets of this artist’s career and the breadth of his mastery, vision and ingenuity. You can’t help but walk through and think – “How can this all be produced by the same artist?” He appropriately titled the exhibit, because he is – and his work is – always evolving. I extend sincere congratulations to Dominic for this outstanding collection of artwork, and I know I’m not alone as I look forward to what is yet to come.

PWG Dominic Pangborn Event July 10 2014-19Dominic and my wife Mitsie and I enjoy the opening event celebrating his exhibition: Evolution of Art & Design Through Revolution.



July 14, 2014

Comments (3)

  1. Chris Makar Reply

    July 14, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    We were so happy to be there. It was a wonderful event for Dominic, the museum, and Park West.

  2. Alice Fraedrich Reply

    July 16, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    It has been a while since our paths have passed, but not a day goes by that I take a look at your artwork and marvel at your versatility. By far the motion piece I purchased at the Ritz Carleton in Charlotte, when it was first introduced, continues to capture everyone passing by wondering how is this done.

    Continued success with more happiness filled with pictures that continue to capture your wandering camera and gets jotted down in your pad..

    Alice Fraedrich

  3. Judie A. Schrecker Reply

    July 26, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I am so happy for you and your continuing success. I was thrilled to see the same “art in motion” picture that I purchased at the Park West event at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond inside your children’s book, “Follow Me.” You are absolutely amazing! I hope to see you again!

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