Hi! I’m Hyunju Blemel.

I was born and raised here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I started taking photos at a young age as a creative hobby. Soon, I was carrying a camera with me at all times and capturing every possible moment I could—using my friends and family as subjects, or capturing the natural beauty of our enchanting desert landscapes.

I attended The University of New Mexico and graduated in 2020 with a degree in Integrated Studies, with a focus in Marketing & Communications. During my time there, I worked for several private, state, and university organizations doing graphic design, print design, social media marketing, and of course, photography! My work has been featured in UNM’s Scribendi and Conceptions Southwest magazines, and has been exhibited at various galleries at The University of New Mexico, Indiana University, and the Albuquerque Museum. Below you can find an extensive portfolio of all my professional work.

These days I am a full-time content creator for Dion’s Pizza! Photography is more than just a side gig for me, though. I love photography because I love meeting new people, getting to know them, and capturing their joy.

When I’m not taking photos or eating pizza, I enjoy backpacking, camping, exploring, taekwondo, playing the accordion, and mentoring young girls in the Scouts BSA program on their path toward Eagle Scout.

Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to meeting and learning more about you.


Conference Presentations

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) D4 Conference (<- these are hyperlinked if you want to learn more about the organizations!)

2020: Dallas, TX

  • Social for Students by Students: Letting Students Build Their Own Online Presence (UNM's @TheLoboLife)
  • The UNM Social Media Manager presented in person and I video conferenced in from Albuquerque, NM

World Oceans Conference

2019: Marseille, France

  • Improved Fish Tagging Technology: Field Test Results and Analysis
  • The link to the research paper is below under the Publications section

Western Regional Honors Council Conference

2019: Bozeman, MT

  • Scribendi Regional Release
  • Marketing our Honors Program Using Adobe Products
  • Part I: What Makes an Engaging Honors Newsletter
  • Part II: Designing an Honors Newsletter Using Adobe InDesign

2018: Orange, CA

  • Scribendi Regional Release

National Collegiate Honors Council Conference

2018: Boston, MA

  • Idea Exchange: Scribendi

Publications


Page 57. 삼세대: 자화상 Samsedae: Jahwasang (Three Generations: Self-Portrait). Pigment Pigment print on archival fabric with wooden dowel, 47’' x 24’’, 2020.

Page 69 (right). 웅녀춤: 자화상 Ungnyeo Chūm: Jahwasang (Bear Woman Dance: Self Portrait). Pigment print on archival paper, 2020.


Page 48 & 49. 호랑이 1998: 자화상 Horangi 1998: Jahwasang (Tiger 1998: Self Portrait). Pigment print on archival paper, 13’’ x 19’’, 2020.

Page 2 (right). 기억아, 네가 필요해: 자화상 Gieogah, nega pilyohae: Jahwasang (Memory, I need you: Self Portrait). Pigment print on archival paper, 13’’ x 19’’, 2020.

Page 60 (left). Emma. Pigment print on archival paper, 2020.

Page 38 (left). Welcome Home. Pigment print on archival paper, 2019.

Page 66 (left). Sky Conquered. Pigment print on archival paper, 2019.


Solo Exhibitions

Pieces, The University of New Mexico, Spectra Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, 2019.

Invisible Labor, Kitch Cleaners, Albuquerque, NM, 2017-2021 (ongoing).


Group Exhibitions

2021    A Yellow Rose Project  

Washington and Lee University, Staniar Gallery, Lexington, Virginia, October 4 - November 3, 2021 

Boston University, The Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, June 1 - September 17, 2021 

University of Arkansas, sUgAR Gallery, Fayetteville, Arkansas  

2020     A Yellow Rose Project 

PhotoNOLA, THE FRONT Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, Dec. 12-Jan. 3, 2021  

Texas Christian University, The Mary Couts Burnett Library, Fort Worth, Texas Oct-Nov. 

Old Dominion University, Gordon Art Galleries, Norfolk, Virginia, Oct. 14-Nov. 6 

Eleanor Wilson Museum, Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia, October 23 

Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, October 29 

Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, Colorado October 9-November 21 

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, August 26-29 

University of New Mexico, Spectra Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 18-Oct. 30 

These Systems Are Not Static: Land Arts of the American West, The University of New Mexico, John Sommers Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, 2019.

Dia De Los Muertos, The University of New Mexico, Masley Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, 2019.

For Freedoms, The University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM, 2018.

Arts Unexpected, The University of New Mexico, John Sommers Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, 2017.

Focus on Youth, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM, 2015.


Awards

2020

  • Western Regional Honors Council Photography Award
  • UNM University College Dean’s List
  • UNM Honors College Outstanding Senior Award

2019

  • New Mexico State Parks Partnership of the Year (UNM's The Lobo Life project lead & point of contact)
  • UNM Student Employee of the Year finalist
  • UNM Leadership and Involvement Award 

2016

  • Congresswoman Lujan-Grisham’s Congressional Art Competition Juror’s Choice
  • City of Albuquerque Public Permanent Art Collection Purchase Award
  • APS Metro Youth Art Exhibit, mixed media, Elements of Design, first place
  • APS Metro Youth Art Exhibit, digital photography, Yo, second place
  • APS Metro Youth Art Exhibit, digital special techniques, Hotel Lines, honorable mention
  • APS Metro Youth Art Exhibit, digital special techniques, Railyard Fantasma, honorable mention
  • APS Metro Youth Art Exhibit, digital special techniques, Rust, honorable mention
  • Scholastic Art and Writing Regional Art Competition, digital art, Railyard Fantasma, digital art gold key award winner, American Visions & Voices Nominee best of show. 
  • Scholastic Art and Writing Regional Art Competition, digital art, Hotel Lines, digital art silver key award winner
  • Scholastic Art and Writing Regional Art Competition, digital art, Surrealismo, digital art honorable mention

2015

  • International Robotic Sailing Regatta One Meter First Place (Newfoundland, CAN). Designed and programmed an unmanned autonomous robotic sailboat
  • Scholastic Art and Writing Regional Art Competition, photography, Texture Dyptich, photography gold key award winner

2014

  • APS Metro Youth Art Exhibit, silver photography, Lumen Print, first place

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