Kim, 57, replaces Chung Sung-keun, a former TV news anchor, who withdrew his nomination amid mounting criticism over his drunk driving records and other ethical misdeed.
Park launched her new Cabinet last month with the culture minister post remaining vacant.
Kim, an award-winning graphic designer, served as president of Korean Society of Design Science between 2010 and 2011.
The announcement came two days after Park's five-day summer vacation.
By Cho Chung-un (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Presidential spokesman Min Kyung-wook announces the candidate for new culture minister on Sunday. (Yonhap)|