the art of  INJA CHO

Inja Cho is a Korean-American artist who has been working in her studio in downtown Kalamazoo since 2008. She moved to Michigan from S. Korea to attend school in 1990 and lived in Ann Arbor working as a teacher in a private schools and graphic artist in a major pharmaceutical company. She studied fine art in painting at Western Michigan University graduating magna cum laude. She also studied painting and art history at the Studio Art Center International (SACI) in Florence, Italy—a study abroad program through Western Michigan University as well as painting and drawing at the Art Students League in New York, NY. She accepted a residency at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland in 2012. She is an active member of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and the College Art Association.

Her creativity and enthusiasm is not limited to her painting. Inja is a passionate teacher of children, singing and playing piano and guitar to inspire and elicit their inner worlds.
Inja’s work is being accepted and invited to various juried art shows and galleries including the International Women's Exhibit--Gwang-Ju, S. Korea, sponsored by Gwang-Ju Biennial, SACI alumni show in Florence, Italy, DuPage Chicago Children's Museum, Annmarie Sculpture Garden in Maryland, the Michigan State Legislature, Lansing, MI, Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids, MI, 3 years in the ArtPrize competition (2012 top ten pick), the 2013 Grand Rapids Asian Gala, and among others. She has also participated in a variety of art-centered activities including speaking to at risk youth art groups and sharing survivor stories with people in a recovery art group, as Inja herself is a spinal cord injury survivor.

Currently for 2015 and 2016, Inja is preparing for several national and international exhibits including City Gallery: North Charleston, South Carolina and invitational exhibits of Le Salon CREA in France, a group show in Yokohama, Japan and International Women’s Exhibit in Taiwan.

Inja’s art is in corporate and private collections including Western Michigan University’s President’s office, Michigan Dentists Office, Crescendo Music Academy, Hi-Tech Dental Laboratories, Inc. and Liberty Steel Company. Her works can also be found in overseas collections including Sam-Yook Kindergarten, S. Korea, Chung-Won Chinese Language Institute, S. Korea, and Jo-Jo inc., Tokyo, Japan and private collections.

If you are interested in meeting and getting to know Inja, please feel free to contact her to schedule a studio visit.

Inja Cho Studio and Gallery
326 W Kalamazoo Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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