Cook County Treasurer's Office - 4/19/2023
Korean American artists from Illinois and New York will have their unique artwork on display
inside the offices of Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas through May 10.
Pappas will kick off the “2023 New York & Chicago Korean Art Collaboration” with an opening
reception today, April 19 at 3 p.m. at the Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark St., Room 112.
Over 40 pieces of artwork from 28 artists will be on display on the walls of the Treasurer’s
first-floor offices in the County Building for three weeks.
“This is not the first time my office has shown the artwork of people of a specific heritage, but
this presentation of Korean artists is truly unique,” Pappas said. “These artists take the
mundane and make it magical.”
One of the pieces on display is an impressive collage of 200 tea bags each carefully hand
painted and mounted on a black canvas measuring 24 by 48 inches. The artist, Jooseal Lee,
studied art in Seoul, Korea and New York and has had her artwork on display at museums
throughout the U.S.
Artist Hee Kyung Yoo used natural and direct dye on recycled dryer sheets that were stitched
together creating impressive “Feast of Color” collages.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Keumisil Cultural Society.