Kumi Korf was born in Tokyo, Japan, where she completed her undergraduate degree in architecture at Tokyo University of Fine Arts (1959). She was a student of Hans Hofmann, and a versatile artist in printmaking as well. Korf later obtained her M.F.A. in printmaking at Cornell (1977).
Her recent solo exhibitions consist of works on paper, both prints and artists’ books. The most recent of these were at the Sudo Art Museum, Tokyo, Museum West Fine Art in San Francisco, the Printmaking Workshop Gallery in New York, and the Studio Gallery of Azeele, in Tampa. Recent awards include four Special Opportunity Stipends from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Three-Person Exhibition Award from the Connecticut Graphic Arts Center, Norwalk, a Dorothy Weigner Scholarship at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, and a New Projects Grant from the Community Arts Project, Ithaca. Her books and prints are collected in the Library of Congress Rare Books Collection, the New York Public Library, the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC, the Savaria Muzeum, Szombathely, Hungary, The Getty Research Institute, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and in libraries at the University of Washington, Harvard University, the University of Alberta, and Cornell University, among others.
Korf taught for five years at Ithaca College, New York, and has been teaching workshops regularly at the Center for Book Arts, New York, the San Francisco Center for the Book, Pyramid Atlantic, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT, the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, Lafayette College in Easton, PA, Johnson Museum, Cornell University, and The Ink-Shop, Ithaca, NY.