Yong Joo Kim, a native of Seoul Korea, received her B.F.A. in Metals and Textile design from Sookmyung Women’s University and her M.F.A. in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is one of the finalists for the 2009 LEAP Award for emerging artists. Her work has been exhibited internationally at numerous museums and galleries including The Society of Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh, PA), The Society of North American Goldsmith (Philadelphia, PA), and Cheong Ju International Craft Biennale (Cheong Ju, Korea). She currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island where she lives and works.