Joonja Lee Mornes is an Asian-American artist who grew up in Seoul, Korea. She has been awarded Cultural Community Partnership Grants for 2005/06 and 2010/11 from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She holds a Master of Arts degree in painting and has almost ten years experience teaching art to college students and young adults in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Her other professional experience includes working more than twenty years as an Architecture and Landscape Architecture Librarian at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.