Chunghi Choo

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.

Rago/Wright is privileged to participate in this exceptional event, celebrating these extraordinary artists and supporting one of our nation’s most important cultural institutions.

The Smithsonian Women's Committee Visionary Benefit Auction

Works Sold to Benefit The Smithsonian Institution

Wright is pleased to include The Smithsonian Women’s Committee Visionary Benefit Auction within our Art & Design sale on April 21st. This special section features works created by past and present Smithsonian Visionary Artists and by the winners of the new Smithsonian Women’s Committee Delphi Award. 

The Smithsonian Visionary Award, established in 2014, is presented annually to artists who are deemed by curators in the field to have risen to the pinnacle in the world of sculptural arts and design, who have works in major museums, and who have demonstrated distinction, creativity, artistry, and, of course, vision in his or her respective medium.  

This extraordinary event features works by current and past recipients of the Visionary Award including Mary Lee Hu, Chunghi Choo, David Ellsworth, Michael Hurwitz, Patti Warashina, Toots Zynsky, Wendell Castle, and Albert Paley.

The Delphi Award was created in 2020 and is presented annually to one or more mid-career artists who demonstrate distinction, creativity, and exceptional artistry in their work, and who are predicted by experts in the field to reach the pinnacle of sculptural arts and design. Roberto Lugo was one of the initial recipients of the Delphi Award in 2021.  


All lots in the Visionary Benefit Auction are of the primary market, unless otherwise indicated. The auction raises funds to support projects and initiatives across the Smithsonian institution. All works will be shipped directly from the artist or the gallery.