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Chunghi Choo

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.