Sooa Im McCormick
Assistant Curator of Asian Art
In 2015 Sooa Im McCormick joined the museum as assistant curator of Asian art, primarily responsible for the research, interpretation, and presentation of Korean art. Her research interests include Joseon-period Korean court–sponsored visual culture and artistic interactions between early modern East Asian and European ruling houses.
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. McCormick was the recipient of a Graduate Studies Fellowship from the Korea Foundation and a Fellowship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan. Prior to joining the Cleveland Museum of Art staff, she was a visiting professor at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and participated in a number of translation projects with the National Museum of Korea and the National Palace Museum.