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2019 Distinguished Alumni

Yeonsoo Chee

Yeonsoo Chee

2004, B.A. Art History
2008, M.A. Art
Curator & Director of Exhibitions & Publicity, National Palace Museum of Korea 

Yeonsoo Chee is the visionary leader behind the National Palace Museum of Korea, one of the eminent cultural touchstones of the region. As the Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Publicity, she leads a team of 10 curators and over 30 staff, and presides over all of the museum’s 40,000 artifacts and royal treasures.

Chee’s purview includes all aspects of the museum’s operation, permanent collections, galleries and education programs, and her effort provides a coherent and dynamic experience to over 1.2 million visitors each year. She promotes exhibition exchanges with foreign institutions and museums, has published articles in “Orientations” magazine, edited 4 bilingual catalogues and organized international traveling exhibitions.

Chee was selected for the prestigious position by the South Korean government after spending 9 years as a curatorial leader of the USC Pacific Asia Museum (PAM) in Pasadena, Southern California’s only museum dedicated to Asian art. After receiving a Korea Foundation grant to remake the Korean Gallery, she oversaw an exhaustive building retrofit and reinstallation.

As an international student, the positivity and mentorship Chee found in CSULB’s Art History program made a vital impact on her confidence and will to pursue her goals. She maintains ties with her Art History faculty mentors today, and has facilitated museum study trips and opportunities for CSULB students when possible.

Chee remains extremely proud of the campus that was her first stop in America. As CSULB helped to build the foundations of her career, she found our alma mater’s commitment to diversity and students in pursuit of success to be synonymous with her pursuit of the American dream.


2018
Constance W. Glenn
caryn desai, '86

2017
Constance W. Glenn
Constance W. Glenn, '74

2016
Darold B. Cummings
Darold B. Cummings, '67

2015
Alexandra Billings
Alexandra Billings, '13

2014
Karen Baker Landers
Karen Baker Landers

2013
Ralph S. Opacic
Ralph S. Opacic, '81, '82

2012
Robert Moses
Robert Moses, '99

2011
Carson J. Lev
Carson J. Lev, '80

2010
Steve Gawley
Steve Gawley, '77

2009
Thomas Kubis
Thomas Kubis, '78

2008
Gregory C. Escalante
Gregory C. Escalante, '80

2007
Robin A. Richesson
Robin A. Richesson, '82, '95

2006
Jon J. Weden
Jon J. Weden, '85

2005
John C. Cederquist
John C. Cederquist, '69, '71

2004
Eugene M. Corporon
Eugene M. Corporon, '69

 

2003
Mark Steven Johnson
Mark Steven Johnson, '89

2002
Lorne E. Peterson
Lorne E. Peterson, '67

2001
Michael G. Auping
Michael G. Auping, '75

2000
Robert S. Woods
Robert S. Woods, '74

1998
Patricia A. Ridgway
Patricia A. Ridgway, '81

1997
Doug A. Strawn
Doug A. Strawn, '67

1996
Linda C. Woolverton
Linda C. Woolverton, '74

1995
Douglas M. Patton
Douglas M. Patton, '80

1994
David N. Twohy
David N. Twohy, '78

1993
Raul R. Rodriguez
Raul R. Rodriguez, '69

1992
Hiroshi Kira
Hiroshi Kira, '66

1991
Jungran Noh
Jungran Noh, '83

1990
Gerhardt G. Knodel
Gerhardt G. Knodel, '70

1989
Agnes Guerard Rodgers
Agnes Guerard Rodgers, '70

1988
Tony Baxter
Tony Baxter, '69

1987
Clifford L. Faulkner
Clifford L. Faulkner, '76

1986
Donald Gene Wilcox
Donald Gene Wilcox, '66

1985
Robert D. Keene
Robert D. Keene, '70

1984
Hoon Kwak
Hoon Kwak, '82