Howard County, in collaboration with the HanGuk Art Center, is thrilled to announce the opening of a captivating pop-up art museum at the Howard County Welcome Center, nestled in the heart of Ellicott City’s historic district.

Exploring the Beauty of Korean Art: HanGuk Art Center Korean Pop-Up Museum in Howard County Welcome Center

Stepping into the HanGuk Art Center pop-up museum is akin to entering a portal into the rich tapestry of Korean art and culture. With over 30 exquisite pieces on display, including pottery, paintings, screens, artifacts, and books, visitors are treated to a visual feast that celebrates the heritage and creativity of Korea. Many of these remarkable artworks were previously showcased at the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C., adding a touch of international flair to this cultural extravaganza.

Ellicott City Korean Pop Up Museum

Korean Pop-Up Museum in Historic Ellicott City

The collection was curated by Mi Schill Kim, a Korean art collector and owner-operator of the former Asian Art Collective gallery, a beloved institution on Ellicott City’s Main Street for over two decades. Kim's passion for sharing Korean art and culture with the world shines through in every carefully curated piece, reflecting her vision to make this artistic heritage accessible to all. With aspirations to expand the HanGuk Art Center and establish a permanent home, Kim's dedication to preserving and promoting Korean art is truly commendable.

Hanguk Art Museum

Hanguk Art Museum at the Howard County Tourism Visitor Center

The HanGuk Art Center pop-up museum offers more than just a visual delight; it's an immersive experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to admiring the stunning artworks, guests have the opportunity to purchase art and retail items, with proceeds supporting both the HanGuk Art Center and the Howard County Welcome Center. For young visitors, engaging activities such as Korean English-word translation coloring pages await, ensuring that children can also partake in the cultural exploration. Furthermore, a selection of books on Korean art and culture is available for loan at no cost, encouraging deeper learning and understanding.

The HanGuk Art Center pop-up museum is open now through February 2025. The recent ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 28th marked the official opening of this cultural gem, with distinguished guests including representatives from the Korean Embassy, members of local AAPI communities, elected officials, and art enthusiasts alike coming together to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Ribbon Cutting at the Welcome Center

As an organization dedicated to promoting Howard County as a premier travel destination, Visit Howard County is proud to support initiatives like the HanGuk Art Center pop-up museum. Recognized by Howard County Government and the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, Visit Howard County plays a vital role in showcasing the county's diverse attractions and fostering cultural exchange. By partnering with institutions like the HanGuk Art Center, Visit Howard County continues to enrich the local community and delight visitors from near and far.

Whether you're a seasoned art aficionado or simply curious to explore something new, a visit to the HanGuk Art Center pop-up museum promises an unforgettable journey into the world of Korean art and culture. Come discover the beauty and heritage that await at the Howard County Welcome Center – your gateway to a vibrant cultural experience.