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Costume Designer Kahei Shum Selected as Wake County Visiting Artist

[Raleigh, NC]—Kahei “Ketti” Shum, a costume designer from Thomasville, NC, has been selected as the first Wake County Visiting Artist. Beginning in August, Shum will collaborate with local performing arts companies and schools to inspire public engagement and support of theater arts.

The Wake County Visiting Artist program is dedicated to bringing more art to the community. One artist, from a different discipline each year, is invited to reside and work here in a salaried position. This artist will make a significant contribution through creative, skillful collaboration with local arts and cultural agencies. The artist will also interact with the community through workshops, classes, presentations and (when appropriate) exhibitions.

As Visiting Artist, Shum will serve August 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019. Her duties include providing up to eight original designs for up to eight local stage productions; leading workshops and classes; and encouraging knowledge of technical theater skills for all age groups.

A schedule of the Visiting Artist activities will be posted at www.unitedarts.org.

Born and reared in Hong Kong, Shum is a theatrical costume designer with an MFA in costume design and a BFA in production design in filmmaking from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has worked as an adjunct professor, visual designer for small businesses, and a resident costume designer at Barter Players. She has designed costumes for theatrical productions at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Peppercorn Theatre, Davidson College, and others. Shum was nominated for Best Costume Design, Musical, by Broadway World Charlotte for La Cage Aux Folles in 2016.  

Eleanor H. Oakley, President and CEO of United Arts, said, "We’re excited to have Ketti in Wake County to work with local theater companies and highlight an important and fascinating art form to the larger community."

Contact Karla Heinen, [email protected] or at 919-839-1498 x211 for more information.

The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, based in Raleigh, NC, was incorporated in 1990. Our mission is to build better communities through the support and advocacy of the arts. For the 2017/18 school year United Arts is helping bring in teaching artists to 150 schools in Wake County through its Artists in Schools program. The United Arts Council also offers grants to organizations, communities and individual artists and provides services to the community such as advocacy, resource development, professional/leadership development and special projects. 



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