Leeah Joo is a Korean-American painter who explores themes of cross-cultural experiences. Born in 1971 in Seoul, Leeah was raised by a sculptor father and an illustrator mother. At age 10, her family moved to Indianapolis, where she spent her youth. When she is not painting or teaching she is tending to her flock of chickens, children, husband and parents in Connecticut.


contact: email@leeahjoo.com


(downloadable cv)




1996 - MFA Painting, Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut

1994 - BFA Painting, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

1994 - BA Art History, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana




2018 Connecticut Commission of Culture and Tourism Artist Fellowship Grant

2016-17 MacMillan-Stewart Painting Chair, Maryland Institute College of Art

2013 A.R.T. Grant - Berkshire Taconic Foundation

2013 Puffin Foundation Artist Grant

2008 Connecticut Commission of Culture and Tourism Artist Fellowship Grant

2006 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2004 George Sugarman Foundation Grant

2001 Charlotte Street Foundation Grant

1996 Helen W. Winternitz Award, Yale School of Art




2019 "Draped and Bundled" Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois

2017 "Knots and Loose Ends" Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2017 "Sexy Beast" Project Wall at H & R Block Artspace, Kansas City, Missouri

2016 "Wrapped" Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia

2014 "Gatherings" Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago Illinois

2012 Joachim Schumacher Gallery, Westover school, Middlebury, Connecticut

2011 Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2009 Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania

2009 Eastern Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee

2008 Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas

2007 Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2005 DePauw University, Peeler Art Center, Greencastle, Indiana

2005 Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2003 Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas

2002 Dennis Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

1999 Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

1999 Michael Cross Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

1996 Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut




2018 "Beyond the Sun and Sea: Contemporary Art of Korea and Japan" University of St. Francis, Ft. Wayne, IN

2018 "The Real UnReal: Realism Now" Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

2016 "Embodied Narratives" Artspace Gallery, Willimantic, CT

2016 "Selected New Works" Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, IL

2015 “Gallery Artists” Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, IL

2015 “Weaving Time: Archive of Korean American Artists” AHL Foundation, New York, NY

2015 "Ley Lines" University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY

2014 "In Retrospect" Gallery Korea, New York, NY

2014 "Beneath the Raw Skin" Artspace, ECSU, Willimantic, CT

2014 "New Works" Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, IL

2013-14 "Memories and Meditations" Metropolitan Capital, Chicago, IL

2013 "East and West" Atrium Gallery, New London, CT

2012 Los Angeles Art Expo, Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

2012 "Art Chicago" Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

2012 "New Selections" Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, IL

2011 "Drawing Resurfaced" Purdue University Art Gallery, West Lafayette, IN

2010 "Figurative Distance" Connecticut Commission on Arts Gallery, Harford, CT

2010 "Where Lies Beauty" - Mattatuck Museum of Art and History, Waterbury, CT

2010 "Art Chicago" Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

2010 "Ripe" Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO

2009 "New Selections" Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008 "Never Routine: Women in the Course of Their Daily Lives" Grace Institute, New York, NY

2007 "Here and There: Stories of Immigration" Artworks, New Bedford, MA

2006 "Contemporary Asian Art 2006" Art Center of Battle Creek, Battle Creek, MI

2005 Summer Exhibition - Dennis Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2005 Navy Pier Art Expo - Chicago, IL

2004 "Truth or Fiction - Overseas Korean Artist Exhibition" Hangarm Art Museum, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, S. Korea

2004 Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

2004 Kansas City Flatfiles - HR Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

2004 Navy Pier Art Expo - Chicago, IL

2003 Landscape Unlimited - The Fine Arts Gallery, Chicago, IL

2002 The Perception of Appearance-A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawing - Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

2002 Urban Nomads - Courtland Art Center, Courtland, KS

2002 Gathering Influences - H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

2002 New Talent - Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2001 Small Packages - Wood Street Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Chicago, IL

2001 Kansas City Flat Files - H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

2001 Charlotte Street Fund Exhibition - H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

1999 Supermarket 1999 - Lamar University, Beaumont, TX and Slop Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO

1998 Women in Visual Arts - Erector Gallery, New Haven, CT

1998 International Perspectives - University of New Haven, West Haven, CT

1998 6 Schools Faculty Exhibition - Artspace, New Haven, Connecticut

1997 Halpert Biennial - Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

1997 Connecticut Women Artists - University of Hartford, Hartford, CT

1996 New Talent - Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA

1996 Painting Today - Erector Gallery, New Haven, CT





Robin Tung, "Interview with Leeah Joo", Daily Serving, Web. December 2013.

Martha Vickery, "In Mind's Eye: Leeah Joo's Paintings" Korean Quarterley, August 2013; 40-43. Print.

Yolanda Green, "Works from the River North Openings" Chicago Art Magazine, Oct 5, 2010

Tracy O'Shaughnessy, "Where Beauty Lies" Republic-American, June 29, 2010

Korean Beacon, "Visiting Korean Aritst Leeah Joo" Korean Beacon, Web. January 26, 2009.

Alaina Akens, "Visitn Korean Artist Leeah Joo Presents Lecture to Inspiring Artists" East Tennessean, Web. Jaunary 26, 2009.

Alan Artner, "Leeah Joo's Storytelling Works" Chicago Tribune, March 25, 2005

Katherin Rook Lieber, "Leeah Joo" Artscope.net. Web. March 18, 2005.

Michael Workman, "Unsolved Mysteries" Newcitychicago.com. Web. March 19, 2005.

Brigitte McCollough, "Leeah Joo: Window Tales" Time Out Chicago, January 6, 2005

Teggi Moon, "Six Korean Artists Selected..." The Korea Times, October 7, 2004

"Korean Artists Distinguished Themselves" The Korea Daily, October 12, 2004

Mi-Jin Kim, "Review: Truth and Fiction" Seoul Art Center Magazine, August 2004

Dong-Hyun Yu, "Young Artists Reaction" Wolganmisool, August 2004

Yun-Mee Lee, Young Artists - Truth and Fiction, Herald Media, July 2004

Young-Jin Kim, "Adventures from Foreign Lands, Misulsegae, July 2004

Min-suk, Suh, "The Truth and Fiction in Art" Seoul Art Center Magazine, July 2004

Christopher Swetala, "Intimations through a Veiled Window"Review, Feb/Mar 2003:102.

Alice Thorson, "Panes and Pleasures"Kansas City Star, December 13, 2002.

Theresa Bembnister, "A Glass Act" Pitchweekly, December 5-11, 2002.

Kate Hackman, "Charlotte Street Fund"Review, April 2001, Vol.3, No.6:14-15.

Alice Thorson, "Winning Works" Kansas City Star, March 25, 2001:I-1 and I-3.

Lisa Fanning, "Joo at Michael Cross" Review, November 2000, Vol.3, No. 1:41.

Jan Marsh, "Faculty Show at Block" Review, October 2000, Vol.2, No.12.

Elizabeth Kirsch, "A block party for creative versatility: Extraordinary diversity marks..." Kansas City Star, September 1, 2000.

Christopher Leitch, "A Room with a View of One's Own" Review: News, Features and Art in KC May 1999, No.7: 18.

Elisabeth Kirsch, "Cat Always Comes Back in: Paintings From the Attic" Kansas City Star: Preview April 18, 1999: 16-18.




2015 "Ley Lines" H. L. Hix, Wilfred Laurier University Press, Canada

2007 "Charlotte Street Foundation, 10 Years", Kansas City, MO: Charlotte Street Foundation

2004 "Truth and Fiction, Young Korean Overseas Artists", Seoul, Korea: Seoul Art Center and Hangaram Art Museum

2002 "Perception of Appearance, A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawing", Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press and Frye Art Museum

2000 "New Letters, A Magazine of Writing and Art", Vol 67, No.1, Kansas City, MO: University of Missouri-Kansas City




 selections from other series...

All Rights Reserved Joo © 2018