Chang-Jin Lee is a Korean-born visual artist and lives in New York City. Her multicultural background and experiences are reflected in her investigations of diverse cultural and social issues. Her artworks deal with subjects that include “Comfort Women,” 9/11, gender, identity, individualism, sweatshops and globalism, North Korea and nationalism, and spirituality.
She is a recipient of numerous awards including The New York State Council on the Arts Grant, The Korean Ministry of Gender Equality Award, The Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, The Asian Women Giving Circle Grant, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s MCAF, The Socrates Sculpture Park Fellowship, The Franconia Sculpture Park Jerome Fellowship, The Busan Sea Art Festival Award, The International Video Art Festival Prize, AHL Foundation Award, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and The New York City Artist Corps Grant.
She has presented nationally and internationally, including at The Queens Museum of Art (New York), The World Financial Center Winter Garden (New York), The Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale (Korea), The Socrates Sculpture Park (New York), The Buk Seoul Museum of Art (Korea), The Comfort Women Museum (Taiwan), The Kunstmuseum Bonn (Germany), The State Museum of Gulag (Russia), 1a Space Gallery (Hong Kong), The Museum of Sex (New York), The Chinese American Arts Council (New York), The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (New York), The Asian American Arts Centre (New York), Van Brunt Gallery (New York), Elizabeth Heskin Gallery (New York), Franconia Sculpture Park (Minnesota), The Bronx River Art Center (New York), The Boston Center for the Arts (Boston), Spaces Gallery (Cleveland), The Three Rivers Arts Festival (Pittsburgh), Hauser & Wirth Gallery (New York), and as Public Art at major sites (Times Square, Chelsea, Lincoln Center, etc) in New York City, in collaboration with the NYC Department of Transportation’s Urban Art Program.
Her artworks have been reviewed including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Time Out NY, The Daily News, Public Art, NY Arts, The Los Angeles Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The World Journal, Metro, New York Press, The Tribeca Trib, The Korea Times, The Taipei Times, The Washington Journal, San Diego Union Tribune, Dazed & Confused Magazine, The Associated Press, and Art Asia Pacific.
Her artwork received national and international broadcast media attention from NPR’s Art on Air (New York), NY 1 TV (New York), KBS TV News (Korea), Yue-Sai Kan’s World (Shanghai), Tokyo FM (Tokyo), Morning Brew (Hong Kong), SBS TV News (Korea), and PTS TV Evening News (Pittsburgh), and The BBC.
She has been invited as a guest speaker at Columbia University, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, UCLA, The Korea Society, The City University of New York, The China Institute, The University of Southern California, Emory University, Wellesley College, The Korean American Associate/The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta, Georgia State University, Dalton State College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation, and The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives.
She has participated in artist residencies internationally including The World Financial Center Artist Residency (New York), Socrates Sculpture Park (New York), Franconia Sculpture Park (Minnesota), Youkobo Art Space (Japan), Bamboo Culture International (Taiwan), Taipei Artist Village (Taiwan), and Brandeis University (Boston).