Won Choi

Sculpture & 3D


Contact Information

Philadelphia, PA
e-mail: Won Choi
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Artist Statement

My sculptural forms grow out of the human figure, costume and the natural landscape, often merging together to reveal spiritual meaning, something I realized through meditating on the five Natural Elements. The heavens, the Milky Way, sunrays, clouds and fire, waterfalls and streaks of rain inspire me as elements of spiritual landscape and the resulting work evokes deeply subjective experiences, dream states and memories. In using the language of sculpture I make diverse associations to express my feelings about the mystery of life and existence, depicting the humanity’s harmonious relationship with the universe. Combining the human figure with nature intrigued me, coinciding as it does with the spiritual understanding that nature and I are one. We are nature. This concept has a great impact on my work.

I draw from inner feelings rather than what I see, beginning with drawings and only then seeking the medium to best express them in sculpture. I use a variety of materials; Styrofoam, wax, mash, clay, wood, FGR, resin, etc., whatever enables me to create my forms and shapes. Depending on the sculptural form I choose the medium such as metal, marble or wood for the final product. They range from 10” to 88” tall.

Artist Bio

Won Choi’s life experiences have profoundly influenced her work. Born in South Korea, she spent her teenage years in Turkey and traveled to many different countries in Europe and Asia. She currently resides in Philadelphia, Pa. She received her initial training in woodworking from Hong Ick University (BFA, 1970) and metal smithing from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea (MFA, 1972). She immigrated to the United States and studied metal smithing and sculpture at Syracuse University (MFA, 1985). For this study, a (1983-1984) scholarship was awarded to her from Syracuse University. Recognition of Choi’s work began when her initial semi-abstract relief series traveled in a juried national exhibition in 1986-87 to the Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL; Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ; and the Wichita Art Association, Wichita, KS among other places.

Upon graduation in 1985 she worked at the Johnson’s Atelier as an apprentice for a year where she met the internationally renowned modern sculptor, Isaac Witkin who was a close associate of Henry Moore. She worked for him from time to time until 1996 for his continuing commissions. His method of creating art with Styrofoam and wax inspired her to create a line of semi-abstract figurative sculptures. With those works she had her first solo show at Pindar Gallery in New York in 1988 and the following year at Gianetta Gallery in Philadelphia and a group show at Carspecken-Scott Gallery, Wilmington, DL and Zenith Gallery in Washington DC. It was during this time that art began to express Choi’s spiritual concepts. She was seeking a better understanding of the relationship between religious experience and aesthetic experience. This led Choi to attend a Doctoral Program in studio art at New York University (1990-1995), and she was awarded (1993) a scholarship from the Episcopal Diocese of Philadelphia, Pa.

In 1996 the Philadelphia Sculptors Organization was formed that had led to shows at the Janos Pannonios University Museum in Pecs, Hungry; Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA and Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ. Appreciation of her talent and recognition followed as she had her Solo Outdoor Sculpture Show at the James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA (2003-2004) featuring the Magic Dance of the Natural Elements. For this show she was awarded a second Window of Opportunity Grant from the Leeway Foundation. Over the following years, sculptures from this show have been shown at the Grounds for Healing at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in partnership with Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, The Sculpture Mile at Madison, CT(2005-2010), University of South Dakoda, Vermillion, SD(2012-2015) and Tyler State Park, Richboro, Pa(2014 and ongoing). In 2010, Choi was selected for a residency at the Atelier Fourwinds in Aureille, France. Her works are in several public and private collections in New York City, West Orange, NJ, Brooklyn, NY, Syracuse, NY, Widener University in Wilmington, DL, Park Towne Place in Philadelphia, PA and Seoul, Korea.

Choi’s sculptures bring together the disparate cultural experiences of her youth, her ongoing spiritual quest, and her love of nature. She melds and molds her values into lyrical forms that are a meditation on humanity’s harmonious relationship with the universe. She is currently working on her large commission for Park Towne Place in museum district in Philadelphia, PA.


1990 – 1995
New York University, New York, NY
Fine Arts Department, Doctoral Program for Studio Art

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
MFA, Metalsmithing & Sculpture

Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
MFA, Metalsmithing

Hong Ik College, Seoul, Korea
BFA, Woodcraft and applied art

Selected Exhibitions

Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA

James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA

St. George United Methodist Church, Philadelphia, PA

White Flint Center, North Bethesda, MD

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, PA

Gianetta Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Pindar Gallery, New York, NY

Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, Chicago, IL

River City Sculptures Parade, Mason City, IA

Sculpture Walk, Sioux Falls, SD

2014 – present
Tyler State Park Sculpture Garden, Richboro, PA

RR Center, Sioux Falls, SD

2013 – 2015
University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

Sculpture Tour, Eau Claire, WI

Sculpture Walk, Sioux Falls, SD

Agora Gallery, New York, NY

Agora Gallery, New York, NY

2007 – 2009
The Sculpture Mile at Madison, New Alliance Bank Courtyard, Madison, CT

2006 – 2008
The Sculpture Mile at Madison, New Alliance Bank Courtyard, Madison, CT

2005 – 2007
The Sculpture Mile at Madison, Wachovia Bank, Madison, CT

2005 – 2009
Grounds for Healing at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in partnership with Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

2nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, New Hope, PA

Philadelphia Sculptors & Hungarian Sculptors Exchange Show, Janos Pannonios University Museum, Pecs, Hungary

Critic’s Choice, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juror: Gerrit Henry

Zero One, Philadelphia Sculptors at Wayne Art Center, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Five Philadelphia Sculptors, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA

Old World/New World-Common Ground, Budapest Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

Five Philadelphia Sculptors, DiLeonardo Siano Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Sculptors Exhibition, Grounds for Sculpture, Johnson Atelier, Hamilton, NJ

Diverse Origins, Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC

Five Philadelphia Sculptors, DiLeonardo Siano Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Material/Sign/Object, Han Won Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

Transferring Energy, Washington Square Show

Metamorphosis, Constance Lindholm Fine Art, Milwaukee, WI

Carspecken-Scott Gallery, Wilmington, DE

Pindar Gallery, New York, NY

Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ

University of Maryland at College Park, Baltimore, MD

Traveling exhibition:
    Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ
    National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN
    Wichita Art Association, Wichita, KS
    Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL

Awards and Honors

Residency, Atelier Fourwinds, Aureille, France

Honorarium James A. Michener Art Museum Solo Outdoor Sculpture Show

Window of Opportunity Award, Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Window of Opportunity Award, Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Scholarship for doctoral studies at New York University on the relationship between religious and artistic experience, Episcopal Diocese of PA, Philadelphia, PA

1983 – 1984
Scholarship, MFA studies, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY


Permanent Collection, Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

Permanent Collection, Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE

New York, NY
Syracuse, NY
Brooklyn, NY
Leicestershire, England
West Orange, NJ
Clementon, NJ
Philadelphia, PA
Kennett Square, PA
Seoul, South Korea


“Through the Eyes of a Sculptor,” Commonwealth Speakers 2004-2005, Pennsylvania Humanities Council

“Critic’s Choice,” Art Matters, March 2002

“Wayne Art Center exhibits local sculptors,” Main Line Life, January 31, 2001

Strauss, R. B. “An act of courage, An act of art,” arcade, February 1, 2001

Sozanski, Edward “Philadelphia Artists at Sculpture Park,” Philadelphia Inquirer, August 1998

Brown, Gerard “Uncommon Grounds,” A & E, August 15, 1998

Boatman, Gall T. “Park gives sculpture lovers grounds for celebration”, ”Outlook,” Burlington County Times, July 19. 1988

Wasserman, Burton “Philadelphia Sculptors shine at Grounds for Sculpture,” Art Matters, July 1998

Sozanski, Edward Philadelphia Inquirer, July 11, 1997

Professional Affiliations

Member, Philadelphia Sculptors Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Member, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ

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