2023 Visionary Award Recipient
World-renowned metalsmith Chunghi Choo, although an extremely versatile artist with significant work in textiles and jewelry, is best known for creating innovative metal artworks using such pioneering techniques as electroforming and electro-applique. Choo’s lyrical objects are technically and visually compelling, organic, and graceful. “I like my hollowware pieces to be used and add pleasure to daily life through heightened sensuousness and a feeling of celebration”, she says.
Born in Korea, Choo’s studies in the philosophy of Oriental art and calligraphy continue to inform her work. She believes, for example, that the sweeping movements of the calligraphy brush have helped give her work a flowing line of energy. She is Professor Emeritus of the University of Iowa, where she established an internationally prominent metals program, with many of her students going on to achieve critical acclaim as artists in their own right.
Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Musee des Arts decoratifs, Paris and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.