About Namu Cho

Biography

Namu Cho was born in Seoul, Korea in 1955 and immigrated to the USA in 1996. Namu has a BA & MFA from Kook-Min University, Seoul, Korea (1982 - 1984). He received his second MFA from Bowling Green State University in 1986. Upon graduation he returned to Seoul Korea, taught at several universities and lectured as well as operating “Namu Art Wear” his own Art Jewelry & Wearable business for ten years before he came back to the US. . Since 1999, Namu Cho has been operating his limited edition art jewelry studio, “Studio Namu” in Bethesda, Maryland. He taught as Adjunct professor at Montgomery College and, The Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD.

As a Jewelry Artist, he shows nationally at about five Juried Shows a year. Namu has won numerous awards and honors. Craft shows such as Smithsonian Craft Show, American Craft Council’s Baltimore Winter Market, American Crafts Exposition, Philadelphia Museum of art Craft Show, & Washington Craft Show are some of the shows at which Namu has been recognized for his work. Among these distinguished awards is the “Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award” in 2003.http://louiscomforttiffanyfoundation.org/about.html

He and his wife live with son Kyle, 14 and daughter Jada, 6 in Bethesda MD.

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Education

1984-86 MFA: Metal Art & Design, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA
1975-84 MFA & BFA: Metal Art & Design, Kook Min University, Seoul, Korea

Awards

2012      Exhibitor's Choice Award, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington DC
2010      Gold Award, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington DC
2009  Best of Show, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington DC
2008  Award of Merit, 1rst Metal Inclinations International Online Exhibition, USA
2007  Gold Award, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington DC
2007  Joan Kowing McGregor Award, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, Illinois
2006  Honorable Mention, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, Illinois
2006  Award of Excellence, American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, Maryland
2005  Excellence in Jewelry, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, Illinois
2005  First Prize, Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, West Palm Beach, Florida
2004  Silver Award, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington DC
2003  The Louise Comfort Tiffany foundation Award
2003  Founders Award, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, Illinois
2003  Excellence Award, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington DC
2003  Award and Achievement, American Craft Council Show, San Francisco, California
2002  Touches Prize, Museum of Art and Craft Show, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2002  Second Prize, American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, Maryland
2001  Third Prize, American Craft Council Show, Charlotte, North Carolina

Selected Exhibitions

2011       Metalsmith Exhibition in Print 2011, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tennessee
2011       Taiwan World Design Expo- International Design Exhibition, Cross Over Symbiosis of Craft Design and Environment, Taipei, Taiwan
2010       100 @100, Bowling Green State University Alumni Art Exhibition, Bowling Green, Ohio
2010       100 @100, Bowling Green State University Alumni Art Exhibition, Bowling Green, Ohio
2009       “Traces and Trajectories”, Honolulu, HI
2008       “Myth and Symbols in Korean and American Arts” Asian Gallery, Towson University, Baltimore, MD
2006       The 9th KORUS Cultural Gala, KORUS House, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Washington DC
2006       Metal Element – Beyond, Traveling Invitational Exhibition, Korea and Japan
2005       “In Search of Dreams Across the Pacific” Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City, MD
2002-05       The Art of Gold, by Society of North American Goldsmiths, 3-Year Traveling Exhibition in USA
1990-92       Korean Metal & Fiber 3-Year Traveling Exhibition in Canada & USA
1990       Korean Contemporary Today, Gallery Bing, Seoul, Korea
1988       One Person Show, Total Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1986       One Person Graduate Thesis Show, Bowling Green State University, Ohio

Teaching Experience

1988       Lecturer, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA
1997-98       Lecturer, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, USA
1986-95       Lecturer, Kook Min University, Sook Myung Women’s University, Kun Kook University, Dong Duck Women’s University

Publications

2011       Exhibition in Print, Metalsmith Magazine (Vol. 31 No. 4)
2009       Masters “Gold”, Lark Books, New York
2008       Studio, Metalsmith Magazine (Vol. 28 No. 2)
2008       Artist Among Us, Montgomery County Insight Magazine
2007       Discover Damascene Inlay, Jewelry Artist Magazine, USA
2007       Portrait, GZ ART+DESIZN (Vol.2), Germany
2005       500 Brooches, Lark Books, New York
2003       The Louise Comfort Tiffany Foundation 2003 Award Publication, New York
2002      Exhibition in Print, Metalsmith Magazine (Volume 22. No. 4)
2002       “A Lasting Impression (The Artistry of Damascene Inlay)” AJM, USA (March)

Organizations

Society of North American Goldsmiths       
American Craft Council       
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