|Chunghi Choo was born in Korea. Choo earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree at Ewha
Women's University in Seoul, Korea. There she majored in Oriental painting and studied the
philosophy of Oriental Art and Chinese brush calligraphy. She applies these principles to
her work. Choo came to the United States in 1961 to study metalsmithing, weaving and
ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She acquired a Master of Fine Art Degree from
Cranbrook in 1965. Her teaching career began at the University of Northern Iowa. Choo
taught metalsmithing and fiber arts. Choo has taught jewelry and metalsmithing at
University of Iowa, Iowa City since 1968. There she is the head of the Jewelry and
Metalsmithing department in the School of Fine Art and Art History. Choo also studied at
Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 1971 to learn more about the electroforming
process. After her studies at Tyler with Stanley Lechtzin she obtained a grant to install
a plating tank at the University of Iowa in 1973.
In Metalsmith Magazine, Winter 1991 Choo said,
"I like to see in
my work simplicity and grace, and I like for each piece to appear sensuous and
celebratory, a pleasure to use."
Along with her work in metals, Choo is also noted for her work with the ancient tritik
technique. She produced large scale tie-die works on silk with this process.