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 ten, her family moved to Indianapolis, where she spent her youth. She studied painting and art history at Indiana University in Bloomington and received her MFA in painting from Yale School of Art. Her paintings have been recognized with awards from Pollock Krasner, Puffin and George Sugarman Foundation and Connecticut Commission on Arts and has exhibited widely in U.S. and South Korea. She's been teaching since 1996 and previously taught at Kansas City Art Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art and Fairfield University and served as visting artist/critic for over 25 institutions. She lives and paints in a small town in CT and teaches at Southern CT State University in New Haven.