About Me

Ethan H. Kim

Palo Alto, California

Award-winning Art Historian, Published artist, Burgeoning Bonsai Master, Eagle Scout, and Varsity Rower. Rising senior at Henry M. Gunn High School and dual-enrollment student at Foothill College.

ethanhyunjaekim@gmail.com

(650) 885-0389 mobile

OBJECTIVES

Detail-oriented, hardworking, and ambitious learner who plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in Art History, Anthropology, or Archaeology, and strives each day to drive meaningful societal impact through my academic, and community service endeavors. My passion centers on shedding light on the untold stories that provide an alternative yet the fair account of our history, which has mainly been reshaped by and to the benefit of those in power.

EXPERIENCE

SCIENCE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM, Santa Cruz, CA

6/2022 – 8/2022

Art, Culture, and STEM Summer Intern: The research project is titled Visual Storytelling Through Archives, Research, and Design. The aim of this research project was be focused on 3D world-building and immersive storytelling to explore speculative futures that reimagine a future Central Valley landscape and embraces the symbiotic relations of all species living there (past and future) as a creative practice to reimagine possibilities for large agricultural food systems. I researched and developed assets such as speculative design, and created a virtual 3D world that highlighted the environmental injustice of those disproportionately impacted by contaminated drinking water.  SIP webpage. Final 3D Project

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA CRUZ, Santa Cruz, CA

6/2022 – 8/2022

Summer Intern for Professor Nancy Chen (Anthropology): Created a graphic novel based on heightened Asian hate crimes during the pandemic, highlighting the disproportionate impact on the elderly and their stories.  Professor webpage.

6/2022 – 8/2022

Summer Intern for Professor Carla Garavito (Anthropology, Archaeology): Provided detailed summaries highlighting the key topic, data used, and cited resources for six articles that Professor Garavito plans to use for her current research project on indigenous architecture after Spanish colonization. Professor webpage.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE, CA

6/2022 – 7/2022

Summer Intern for Professor Eleana Kim (Anthropology): Conducted research on ginseng’s impact and influence in Korea and North America as well as the anthropology of smell and how smell contributes to the visual experience of artworks. Professor webpage.

THE ONWARD PROJECT, Santa Monica, CA

6/2021 – 8/2021

Summer InternPaid Summer Intern: Developed all aspects of an animated graphical narrative on the Rainbow Bridge-Monument Valley Expedition under the supervision of Elizabeth Kahn (Chief Executive Officer of The Onward Project) and Madi Fair (Head of Social Media and Production). Specifically, the narrative compared the similar experiences of Native Americans with those of Koreans in 1933. The project included primary and secondary research, developing the narrative and storyboards, digital drawing, 2D animation with audio enhancements, etc. Company webpage.

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, Hanover, NH

6/2021 – 8/2021

Summer Intern for Professor Sunglim Kim (Art History):  Researched the background and artworks of Korean artists and provided analyses, comparative summaries and presentations. Faculty webpage.

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS, San Francisco, CA

6/2021 – 8/2021

6/2022 – 8/2022

Summer Intern for Professor Jeanette Roan (Art History, Visual Culture): Provided evaluative summaries and citations of potential course materials (critical essays and comic texts) courses like Comics as/and Art, as well as supporting other research efforts on the interactions of visual studies and comic studies. Faculty webpage.

PACIFIC BONSAI MUSEUM, Federal Way, WA

3/2021 – 5/2021

Museum Intern:  Supported the launch of a new online curriculum centered on the museum’s World War Bonsai exhibit under the guidance of Shayla Miles (Program and Development Manager). Company webpage.

ARTZ4KIDZ, Palo Alto, CA

5/2020 – present

Founder:  Started non-profit that empowers children who have an incarcerated parent to voice and share their stories through inspiring artworks. Our hope is to shed the light on these stories, educating and providing us an opportunity to assist as a caring society. Company webpage.

M. DESIGNS ARCHITECTS, Palo Alto, CA

6/2020 – 8/2020

Summer Intern:  Conducted research that benchmarked M. Designs Architects’ marketing and sales efforts relative to main competitors. Company webpage.

Education

HENRY M. GUNN HIGH SCHOOL, Palo Alto, CA

8/1999 – present

Unweighted GPA: 3.97/4.00, Weighted GPA: 4.36/4.00, Weighted 10-12 A-G GPA: 4.46/4.00. School webpage. Niche ranking.

FOOTHILL COLLEGE, Los Altos Hills, CA

6/2021 – present

Pursuing Art History Certificate (9 required courses). Unweighted GPA: 4.00 / 4.00. Fundamentals of Drawing (A+), American Art (A+), Introduction to Art (A+), Introduction to Asian Art (A+), Calculus (A), History of Western Art 1 (A+), History of Western Art 3 (A+), Cultural Anthropology (A+), History of Modern Art (A+). Foothill College Art History webpage.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (UC SCOUT), Online

6/2020 – present

Unweighted GPA: 4.00/4.00. AP Art History (First Semester: A, Second Semester: A), AP Calculus BC (First Semester: A). School webpage.

STANFORD PRE-COLLEGIATE STUDIES, Palo Alto, CA

6/2020 – 7/2020

Architectural Design (Certificate). School webpage.

Activities & Awards

USROWING

Scholastic Honor Roll – Top 100 high school seniors (women and men) in the U.S. (2022). Awards webpage.

FOOTHILL COLLEGE

Dean’s List for Winter and Spring quarters (2022), Finalist at Foothill’s Research and Service Leadership Symposium (2022) for my research presentation on Frank LaPena and the Native American Movement. My video presentation.

Outstanding Art History Award (2022) from the Fine Arts and Communications Division for outstanding academic performance, inspiring others and producing works that exude their passions to achieve success in college. Awards webpage.

JOURNAL OF RESEARCH HIGH SCHOOL

Published researcher for paper on Colonization’s Impact on Indigenous Family Life (2022). Company webpage.

SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING

Honorable Mention (2022) for Critical Essay on Converging Ancestry, Identity, and Art for California Native Americans. Company webpage.

CELEBRATING ART

Published artist for The Coexistence of Humanity and the Endangered (2021), and for Traveling New Orleans (2022). Company webpage.

KUSAMURA BONSAI CLUB

Member (2021 – Present), Bonsai Show Exhibitor (2021 – Present), Bonsai Workshop/Demo Co-Lead at Filoli Historic House and Garden (2022), Bonsai Caretaker at Filoli Historic House and Garden (2022 – Present). Company webpage.

GUNN HIGH SCHOOL

Art Honor Society (2020 – Present), Sophomore Class Council (2020 – 2021), Outstanding Math Award (2020), Spanish Honor Society (2021-Present), Exhibited artist at Emerging Creative Minds for Psychological Space (2022), Outstanding Science Award (2022).

PALO ALTO ART CENTER

Teen Leadership (2020 – Present): Communications Officer (2020 – 2021), Marketing Officer (2021-2022). Company webpage.

THE RIEKES CENTER

Art class and community volunteer (2020 – Present), President’s Volunteer Service Award – Bronze (2021). Company webpage.

CA MUSIC EDUCATORS

Bay Section Honor Choir Selection (2020). Company webpage.

CA CHORAL DIRECTORS

All-State Honor Choir selection (2018, 2019, 2020). Company webpage.

NORCAL CREW

Mens Varsity rower (2018 – Present): First place at USRowing Central Youth Championships (2021), First place at USRowing National Youth Championships – B Final (2021), First place at Head of the Lake (2021), First place at Head of the Lagoon (2021), Second place at President’s Day Invitational (2022), Fifth place at USRowing Southwest Regional Youth Championships (2022). Company webpage.

SCOUTS BSA

Scout (2017 – Present): World Conservation Award (2019), National Outdoor Award (2019), Eagle Scout rank (2020), Bronze Palm (2020), Gold Palm (2021). Company webpage.

TAEKWON KIDS

Second Degree Black Belt (2012 – 2020): Junior Leader (2017 – 2020), President’s Volunteer Service Award – Bronze (2018). Company webpage.

Activities & Awards

Other Interests

Art, classical and acoustic guitar, cycling, hiking, camping, and traveling.

My Resume