Chunghi Choo

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Chunghi Choo
Alma materUniversity of Iowa
Known forMetalsmith and Jewelry Designer

Chunghi Choo (born 1938) is a jewelry designer and metalsmith who was born in Incheon, Korea in 1938. She received a BFA degree from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea, where she majored in Oriental painting and studied philosophy of Oriental art and Chinese brush calligraphy.[1] She moved to the United States in 1961 to study metalsmithing, weaving, and ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she received an MFA in 1965.[2]

She taught jewelry and metal arts at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History from 1968 to 2015 and is currently Professor Emeritus.[2]

'Tea Service', silver sculpture by Chunghi Choo, 1987, Figge Art Museum

Her works have been exhibited worldwide and are found in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, Germany; the Danish Museum of Art & Design, Copenhagen; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.[3]


During the 1960s and 70s, Choo created monumental tie-dyed silks using a traditional technique called tritik.[citation needed] Her textile works were exhibited in the "Young Americans 1969" exhibition at what was then the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, now known as the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Choo is also well recognized for her work in metal, most notably her silver and copper vessels made using raising and forging techniques. Her desire to achieve fluid, organic shapes in metal caused her to study electroforming processes with Stanley Lechtzin at Tyler School of Art in 1971. Since that time many of her metal vessels are made using that technique, which allows her to work with metal in a more fluid appearance.[1]


  • Georgia Museum of Art, American Masters of Hollowware in the Late 20th Century, Athens, Georgia, Georgia Museum of Art, 1997.


  1. ^ a b Rorex, Robert A. (December 1991). "The Artistic Integrity of Chunghi Choo". Metalsmith. 11: 26–31.
  2. ^ a b Smithsonian Archives of American Art
  3. ^ "Craft in America Website". Archived from the original on 2018-03-25.

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