JOOYOUNG CHOI

B. 1982, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

ADPTD. 1983, CONCORD, NH

REUNTD. 2007, ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA

 

Through painting, video, sculpture, animation and music, multi-disciplinary artist JooYoung Choi documents the interconnecting narratives of a high-structured, expansive fictional land called the Cosmic Womb. Choi’s work has been exhibited in museums and institutions across the United States, and has been featured by numerous regional and international media groups and publications. Her work can be found in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and William P. Hobby Airport.

 

EDUCATION

2012 MFA in Visual Art, Lesley University College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

2010 BFA in Studio Art, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

2009 Korea National University of the Arts, Exchange Program, Seoul, South Korea

2009 Kyung Hee University, Summer Program, Seoul, South Korea

2008 Ewha Women’s University, Summer Program, Seoul, South Korea

2001 Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 Big Time Dreaming in the Age of Uncertainty, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX

2018 TBA, Harvester Arts, Wichita, KS

2017 Somnioplexic Resonance, solo installation in conjunction with A Better Yesterday, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX

2016 Paracosmic Alchemy, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, TX

Have Faith for You Have Always Been Loved, solo installation in conjunction with Round 45: Local Impact, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX

2015 A Strange Paradise, Front Gallery, Houston, TX

C.S. Watson and the Cosmic Womb, Brazos Gallery, Richland College, Dallas, TX

2011 (Choi Show), International Korean Adoptee Art and Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea

2010 Speaking the Unspoken, East Meets West, Cambridge, MA

Parker Hill Library Exhibition, Roxbury, MA

2009 For Ae Ran Won, Ko-Root, Seoul, South Korea

Vive L’Amour, Jamaica Plain, MA

2008 Artdoptee, Somerville Library, Somerville, MA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 From Pangs to Pangolins, Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA

2017 Picture Show of the Mind: A Tribute to the Teachings of Lee Baxter Davis, Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport, LA

2016 Reverberations, Stella Elkins Gallery, Tyler University, Philadelphia, PA

XX Part Two: 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, TX

Double Digits: Lawndale’s Artist Studio Program, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

2015 ABCD, Lawndale Artist Studio Program Exhibition, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

The House on Mango Street, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

Parliament of Owls, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX

2015 Significant Details, Curating Contemporary, Online Exhibition Curated by John Fields

Time Travelers Redux, LAST Projects Space, West Hollywood, CA

2014 Eco Myths, LAST Project Space, West Hollywood, CA

Urban Art: Expressions of an Environment, FCA Council Gallery, Fayetteville, NC

Raw Paw: Keeping Dreamtime, Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX

The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

2013 Third Coast National, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX

The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

2012 AIB MFA in Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition, Boston, MA

2011 BORN INTO IDENTITY: The Asian Pacific American Adoptees Experience, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle, WA

Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, TJX Head Quarters, Framingham, MA

2010 TJX Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, Framingham, MA

2008 Calvin Burnett Exhibit, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

2006 Speaking Truth to Power, Edna Stebbins Art Gallery, Cambridge, MA

International Women’s Day Celebration, La Rivolta at CCB, Boston, MA

2004 Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA

 

ARTIST TALKS

2017 Paracosms 101, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX

2016 Paracosmic Alchemy discussion with Valerie Cassel Oliver, Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, TX

2015 The Cosmic Womb Mythos, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, TX

2014 Lawndale Artist Studio Program Artist Talks, Houston, TX

2013 The Big Slide Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

2012 AIB MFA in Visual Arts Graduate Thesis Artist Talk, Lesley University, Boston, MA

2011 East Meets West Artist Talk, Cambridge, MA

Somerville Library, Somerville, MA

 

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2018 Wichita Riverfest Artist in Residency, Wichita, Kansas

San Francisco Day School Artist in Residency, San Francisco, California

2015 Artadia Award, Artadia Fund for Art and Dialogue, New York City, NY

The Idea Fund Grant, endowed by the Andy Warhol Foundation, Houston, TX

Lawndale Art Center, Lawndale Studio Artist Program, Houston, TX

2009 UUFP Stanfield Artist Award, Boston, MA

Ko-Root Visiting Artist, Seoul, South Korea

Ae Ran Won Portrait Project, Seoul, South Korea

2008 UUFP Stanfield Artist Award, Boston, MA

2007 UUFP Stanfield Artist Award, Boston, MA

Inter-Adoptee Scholarship

Somerville Arts Council LCC Cultural Heritage Grant, Somerville, MA

 

REVIEWS

2017 Just Vibe Houston. “JooYoung Choi and Her World at Project Row Houses”, by Dana Robinson

Free Press Houston. “A World of Her Own: An Interview with JooYoung Choi” by Paul Middendorf Glasstire. “’A Better Yesterday’ at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston”, by Melissa Mednicov

2017 Houston Citybook. “Cosmic Calling”, by Chris Becker

Houston Chronicle. “Art Daybook: How to make a dinosaur smile”, by Molly Glentzer

2015 Huffington Post, "JooYoung Choi's 'Cosmic Womb' Explores Issues of

Adoption and Race in America”, by Talia Lavin

Houston Chronicle, “Art Leads to Many Discoveries for JooYoung Choi”, by Molly Glentzer

Arts+Culture Texas, “The Intoxicating Artistic Vision of JooYoung Choi”, by Michal McFadden

Houston Press, “Round 9: A B C D”, by Susie Tommaney

Korea News Weekly, "그림은 나를 찾아가는 긴 여행입니다," by Mina Kim

2014 PaperCity Magazine Houston, "Welcome To Wonderland", by Catherine Anspon

Nat Brut, "Pleasure Vision", by Kayla AE and Axel Severs

2013 Korean Quarterly, "The Extraordinary in the Mundane”, by Martha Vickery

Houston Press, "Capsule Art Reviews: The Big Show", by Meredith Deliso and Altamese Osborne

The Great God Pan is Dead, "Five Pieces from the Big Show", by Dean Liscum

Houston Press, "Lawndale Art Center's “The Big Show" Drips With

2012 Figurative Art, Sculpture", by Altamese Osborne

2011 The Adoption Constellation, "The Power of Art - Adoptee Artist"

2009 “The Arc of the Universe is Long” by Leslie Takahashi

2007 Boston Globe “Side Kick”

Weekly Dig, “Dig This”

Somerville Journal

 

PUBLICATIONS

2017 A Better Yesterday. “The Value of Imaginary Friends: Lessons from JooYoung Choi”, edited by Betsy Stepina Zinn

2016 New American Paintings, West Edition, No. 126

2015 Exu, Volume 1, Published by Robert Boyd

2014 The Adoption Constellation. "Fearing the Adult Adoptee", by Jae Ran Kim (Art Work Featured)

2013 Gardening Secrets of the Dead by Lee Herrick (Cover)

2012 Kartika Review Fall Issue (Cover)

Outsiders Within, Korean Translation (Cover)

2010 Waxen Wings. (Cover)

2009 Asian American Poetry and Writing – “New Truths” (Cover)

 

MEDIA AND ONLINE

2017 The Art Assignment, Season 3 Episode 27, PBS Digital Studios

2015 YTN (Yonhap Television News), Seoul, South Korea

2007 Good Morning Emerson

Asian Focus, Channel 7 News with Mary Sit