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jung eun lee is an internationally accomplished interdisciplinary conceptual artist who has studied visual arts at the university of chicago (mfa) and the school of the art institute in chicago.

her works have shown nationally and internationally through a wide range of venues, such as, museums, galleries, art festivals, symposiums and alternative non-profit spaces, including the smart museum (university of chicago), andrew bae gallery and flatfile photography (chicago); greeley square gallery (new york); the hunter museum of american art (chattanooga); pusan design center (south korea); bing play symposium (stanford university).

through the process of making objects, installations, sound, video, paintings and drawings, jung eun lee examines the specific interplays and conflicts between known and unknown realms, psychological and physical spaces and, human nature/behavior such as autonomous (voluntary) and obligatory (involuntary) normalization. the dichotomy of different cultures, gender, traditions, and different degrees of chance is constantly reexamined and reconfigured in her work process.



video works

objects & installations

paintings & drawings


jung eun lee has been directing, lecturing, and instructing art workshops, courses, and classes and curating exhibitions internationally for nearly two decades.

she believes in the existence of artistic instinct and sensibility in every human being, and the value of visual art as a communicative vehicle for individuals to relate to / responds to / express their own spirituality and/or of society. through emphasis in the deliberate slowing and mindfulness during the creation process, the artist tries to guide her students to practice self-reflection, self-discipline and to challenge one’s self, in addition to creative thinking and learning artistic techniques.

her teaching approach draws from the breadth of her own artistic practice and other background such as art therapy (northwestern university), educational psychology & art education (national teaching certificate for upper school, south korea), early childhood education (reggio emillia) and different disciplines from eastern traditional art and western contemporary art.



Curriculum Vitae


Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, Art Therapy Professional Development Program, 2008 - 2009

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, Master of Fine Arts, June 2004

The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois, 2000 - 2001

York University, Toronto, Ontario, 1999 - 2000

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, Summer 1993

Pusan National University, Pusan, Korea, Bachelor of Fine Arts, February 1997

Selected Exhibitions and Curatorial Projects

Hard Art Soft Art, the Frank Inaugural Show, Redwood City, California, September 2015

ArtFest 2015, Allied Arts Guild, Menlo Park, California, June 2015

He (Art), Palo Alto City Hall Plaza, Palo Alto, California, March 2015

e·phem·er·al /əˈfem(ə)rəl/: lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood, Bing Play Symposium, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, July 2014

Passages, Swedish Covenant Hospital Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, April 2013

Dream of Healing, Swedish Covenant Hospital Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, April 2010

Spring Court, The Korea Times Daily Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada, April 2009

Chicago Art Open, The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, Illinois, October 2008

SAIC+DCB, Design Center of Busan, Korea June 2008

Visiting Curator, Art Connected, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2007- 2008

Untitled, Cook County Treasurer County Building, Chicago, Illinois, January 2008

Artist Night, Korea Daily Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois, September 2007

Reflections X 5, The Gallery at Village Hall, Lincolnwood, Illinois, April 2007

100 Years After, Richard J. Daley Civic Center, Chicago, Illinois, January 2007

Beyond Boundaries, Sponsored by City of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, October 2006

What…, Gallery Scent, Chicago, Illinois, May 2005

10 Invitational Artist Exhibition, Gallery Korea, Washington, D.C., September 2004

Pitch - MFA Exhibition, Gallery 312, Chicago, Illinois, June 2004

Film [film] n. 1.A thin skin or membrane. 2.A thin, opaque, abnormal coating on the cornea of the eye. 3.A thin covering or coating - Solo Thesis Exhibition, The Great Hall, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2004 Emerging Illinois Artists - Juried Exhibition, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, Illinois, May 2004

Nine by Nine - Group Exhibition, The Franke Institute, Chicago, Illinois ,October 2003

Politics as Usual - Group Exhibition, Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, July - August 2003

Global Vision 2003 - Absolut Vision 2003 - A World of Art in Chicago, FLATFILEPhotography, Chicago, Illinois, July 2003

FOTA Screening, Smart Museum, Chicago, Illinois, May 2003

AVA - Juried Exhibition, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN, September 2002

Asia in the Midwest: New Visions - Absolut Vision 7 - Juried Exhibition, Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, July 2002

Fra Angelico Art Foundation - Juried Exhibition, Gallery 37, Chicago, Illinois June 2002

United Colors - Group Exhibition, Greeley Square Gallery, NYC, February 2002

Paper Art Exhibition, Samsung Hill Tower, Pusan, Korea, August 2001

Four Female Artist Exhibition - Group Exhibition, Gallery of MBFB, Niles, Illinois, May 2001

Cocoon - Solo Exhibition, The Korea Times Daily Art Gallery, Toronto, June 2000

Painting and Drawing 2000 - Group Exhibition, The Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, May 2000

BFA Thesis Show, Pusan Cultural Center, Pusan, Korea, February 1997

Summer Show, Art Gallery of PNU, Pusan, Korea, August 1996

Art Gallery of Pusan National University Inaugural Exhibition, Pusan, Korea, June 1995

Select Teaching, Research and Relevant Experience

Director, The Art School, Menlo Park, California, 2013 - Present

Instructor, Memories in the Making Program, Canyon House, Menlo Park, California, 2012 - Present

Director, Toronto Art School, Toronto, Ontario, 2010 - 2012

Instructor, After 4 Program, Allenby Junior Public School, Toronto, Ontario, 2011 – 2012

Researcher, African pottery and natural dying, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2007- 2008

Lecturer, Graham School of General Studies, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2005

Director, Canaan School of Arts, Glenview, Illinois, 2000 - 2009

Assistant Coordinator for the Visiting Artist Program, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2003 – 2004


University Unendowed Fellowship, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2002 - 2004

Featured in Centennial Korean American Arts 1903 - 2003, Korean American Contemporary Arts, NYC, New York, 2003

National Fellowship for Fine Arts, Pusan, Korea, 1993 - 1997