Inspirational Award

Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 6.33.58 PMYumi Hogan
First Lady of Maryland

Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan is the first Korean-American First Lady in the United States. Mrs. Hogan is a first generation Korean-American, an accomplished artist, and an adjunct professor at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Mrs. Hogan grew up on a farm in the South Korean countryside and immigrated to the United States over 20 years ago. Her artwork, created on traditional Hanji paper with Sumi ink and mixed media, has been featured in art shows and museums around Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Seoul, Korea. In 2010, she won the Caruso Award at the International Juried Exhibition Circle Gallery in Annapolis.

As First Lady, Mrs. Hogan has made it a priority to instill a love of art in Marylanders of all ages through arts education. She has also devoted much of her time advocating for cancer awareness and visiting patients battling cancer, especially children, and their families. Through teaching art classes to them, she has demonstrated how art therapy can have a positive impact on health and well-being. Mrs. Hogan plans to continue to support the arts community and advocate for arts programs in schools across the state.