Christine Sun Kim

Christine Sun Kim's inspiring presence makes her someone you instantly want to know. She is excited to be invited back to RIT/NTID to share her experiences with current students as part of the NTID Student Life Team’s Alumni Speaker Series.

“It’s surreal to be back here after so many years,” she says. “There’s so much growth and change at RIT/NTID, but still a lot that is familiar, which makes me nostalgic.”

Born in Orange County, Calif., to hearing parents, Sun Kim has a deaf sister. She attended University High School in Irvine, then came to RIT/NTID, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology in 2002. She went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and currently is attending Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., earning a second MFA in Sound and Music. She lives and works in New York City.

While at RIT/NTID, Kim was a member of the NTID Student Congress, Student Life Team, and was a resident advisor. “My experience here has helped me on many levels and solidified my independence, interpersonal communication, and self-identity,” she says. "And the package came with many lasting friendships."

Sun Kim is currently a freelance educator at the Whitney Museum in New York and a digital archivist at a publishing company. Aside from her jobs, she exhibits and performs at various galleries and venues in Vermont, New York, Berlin, Germany and Seoul, Korea. To view some of her works and learn about upcoming performances, visit

With works that combine performance, installation, and video, and have names like “face opera,” “seismic calligraphy” and “subwoofers and bedshakers,” Sun Kim’s art attempts to visualize sound, and is as diverse as the audience she wants to share her work with. She perceives her work as an ongoing dialogue with the society from a non-linguistic standpoint, and she intends to continue experimenting. Other than art, she hopes to find new ways to bring art to the deaf community such as the video blog project at Whitney Museum.

Her advice to students is simple: “Take advantage of all that is available to you here at RIT, and seek advice from professors,” she says. “And be open to new things as life is full of detours, and you never know where they’ll lead.”

This story appeared in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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