Esther Cho is a Korean-American interdisciplinary artist, designer, and papermaker based in Madison, WI. She holds a MFA in woodworking and furniture design from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a dual BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Craft & Material Studies and Interior Design. She is currently pursuing her second MFA from the University of Wisconsin with a focus in Design Studies and material culture.
Her research-based studio practice focuses on devising narrative installations for archiving the history and retelling the stories of Asian-Americans, children of immigrants, and Asian diasporas to consider the experience of identity, gender, loss of lineage, and cultural disconnect. In 2017, she received the Windgate-Lamar Fellowship from the Center of Crafts to travel to South Korea to study the traditional process of Korean paper-making (hanji) and its related craft forms. Most recently, she has been awarded the Caxton Club Grant and the ALL Prize.
- Madison, WI
- Instagram: estherjihyecho
- Professional Status
- Graduate student