Sooa Im McCormick
Associate Curator of Korean Art
Sooa Im McCormick joined the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2015 and is primarily responsible for the Korean art collection. Her interests include Korean art and architecture from the 1600s to the present as well as the cross-currents in East Asian visual culture from the 1600s to the 1800s. McCormick holds a PhD from the University of Kansas with a dissertation titled “Comparative and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Chinese and Korean Court Documentary Painting in the Eighteenth Century.” She earned an MA in art history from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, with a thesis on Edo–period Japanese painter Itō Jakuchū’s bird-and-flower paintings. She also completed graduate coursework in art history at Hongik University, Seoul, where she focused on Chinese and Korean art. Prior to joining the museum staff, she was a visiting professor at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. In 2017 she curated the exhibition Chaekgeori: Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens in the Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery (August 5–November 5, 2017). Currently she is working on a new exhibition that explores Korean patchwork and embroidery.