On May 7, 2015, the Maryland Federation of Republican Women hosted a luncheon for First Lady Yumi Hogan. Hundreds flocked to the Westin Hotel for the festive affair to meet this fascinating woman. Speakers included Carol Randall, MFRW President and Monica Rutherford, wife of Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, who introduced the First Lady.
The youngest of eight children, Yumi grew up in South Korea and immigrated with her first husband to the United States while in her 20s. After living in Hawaii, Texas and then California, she divorced and moved to Maryland in the early 1990s, settling in Howard County. To support her three daughters, she taught in her basement and worked as a cashier.
Yumi became a U.S. citizen in 1994. Yumi’s artwork, primarily abstract landscapes in Sumi ink on Korean Hanji paper, has been shown locally and around the world and it was at an art show in Maryland that she and Larry Hogan met in 2001. They were married in 2004 in Annapolis. Yumi’s husband encouraged her art interest and she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from American University in 2010.
As First Lady, Yumi has continued to teach as an adjunct faculty member at her MICA alma mater and she plans to support the arts community and social issues such as those affecting single mothers. Ten percent of the proceeds raised at the luncheon went to Yumi’s selected charity, Sarah’s House.