Yoonmi Nam


Yoonmi Nam’s work considers cross-cultural experiences and a sense of transience through observations of everyday objects and occurrences. In her prints, drawings, sculptural works, and installations, she uses familiar disposable objects and cut flower arrangements as subject matter and explores their materiality, ephemerality, persistence, and the common and extraordinary way we structure our surroundings.

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Yoonmi received a B.F.A. degree in Printmaking from Hong-Ik University in Seoul, Korea. She moved to the U.S. to study at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received an M.F.A. degree in Painting/Printmaking in 2000. Yoonmi has received numerous grants and awards to support her studio practice and travel. Some notable achievements include a Solo Exhibition Award from The Print Center in Philadelphia, MI-LAB Artist Residency Award in Japan, The Hall Center Creative Work Fellowship at The University of Kansas, and the Ngawang Choephel Fellowship from the U.S. State Department. Her work is in the collections of the RISD Museum, RI; Spencer Museum of Art, KS; and the Beach Museum of Art, KS; among others, and has been shown both nationally and internationally including countries such as Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Korea, Germany, Poland, Mexico, Bulgaria, Italy, Sweden, and Paraguay. Yoonmi has taught at RISD and Washington University in St. Louis. Currently, she teaches at the University of Kansas, where she has been a faculty member since 2001.

Solo Exhibitions

2019 For Now, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO (details)

2019 Arranged Flowers, GrayDUCK Gallery, Austin, TX (forthcoming)

2017 Still, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2016 Momentarily, PLUG Projects, Kansas City, MO

2016  Temporary Arrangements, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO

2016  Temporary Still Lifes, Gallery at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

2016 for later, for now, Viterbo University Gallery, La Crosse, WI

2015 A Sense of Transience, The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs, Matfield Green, KS

2011 In Between and In Transition, Upper Art Gallery, University of Dallas, Irving, TX

2010 Book of Rocks, Flowers, and Birds, The Front, New Orleans, LA                

2010  Yoonmi Nam: Transient Landscapes, Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, KS  

2006 Everywhere and Here: Works on Paper by Yoonmi Nam, Haydon Art Center, Lincoln, NE

2004 Bamboo ForestThe Shaw Center Art Gallery, Lamoni, IA                  

2004 Bamboo Forest, Alexandre Hogue Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2003 Bamboo Forest, Fairbanks Gallery, Corvallis, OR                 

2003 Suspended in Light and Space, Holt-Russell Gallery, Baldwin City, KS                 

2003 Small Monotypes, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2000 EvidenceBenson Gallery, Providence, RI

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Transformative Connections, Yui Gallery, New York, NY

2018  Welcome to the Neighborhood: Kansas City Artists on the Midwestern Experience, La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2018 Personal | Universal, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC

2018 Elevation of the Everyday, North Seattle College Art Gallery, Seattle, WA 

2018 Into the Fold, C.R. Ettinger Studio Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 

2017 Quiet Works, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

2017 (Sub)urban, Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2017 Beaty of Mokuhanga: Discipline & Sensibility, International Juried Exhibition, University of Hawaii at Manoa Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI

2017 In Search of Mokuhanga Light: Globalizing Japanese Woodblock Printmaking, Famagusta Gate, Nicosia, Cyprus

2017 Augmented Reality, Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio, TX 

2017  Master Graphics, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO

2017 Idols and Impossible Structures: New Prints 2017/Winter, International Print Center New York, New York, NY

2017 Framework: Interactions with Architectures, North Seattle College Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

2017 Conspire: Collaboration, Cooperation, Collections, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL

2016 To Be the Void: Sublimity and Contemporaneity, International Cultural Center of Krakow, Poland

2016 Contemporary American Lithography, Museum of Lithographic Art, Tidaholm, Sweden

2016 Contemporary American Prints, Il Bisonte Gallery, Florence, Italy

2016 Second Nature, North Dakoda Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND

2016 2016 Kansas City Flatfile, ​H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO

2016 Contemporary Mokuhanga, Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, RI

2016 Pull, Frankie G. Weems Gallery at Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

2015 Pressure Points, Savery Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2015 Tucson National Print Invitational, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ 

2015 Wonder Fair Gallery, Lawrence, KS

2015 International Mokuhanga Exhibition, Yoh Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2015 Botanica, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA

2015 XX / 7, Fisch Haus, Wichita, KS

2015 Print Spiral, Akus Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT

2014 Wood, Paper, Box: Katie Baldwin, Mariko Jesse, & Yoonmi NamTokyo University of the Arts Art Space, Tokyo, Japan

2014 Jappanned!, Gallery TEN, Edinburgh, Scotland

2014 YWAs: Young Woman ArtistsWonder Fair Gallery, Lawrence, KS 

2014 Under Pressure: Contemporary Printmaking and Changing LandscapeMeramec Gallery of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO

2013 New Prints 2013 / AutumnInternational Print Center New York, New York, NY

2013 Home Maker: Prints of Houses, Houses of PrintsMaass Gallery at Purchase College, Purchase, NY

2013 Naturaleza Invertida, ATEA, Mexico City, Mexico

2013 20 Artists/20 Views, CfSHE Gallery at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

2013 Mokuhanga Innovations: Keiko Hara, Yoonmi Nam, Eva Pietzcker, Cullom Gallery, Seattle, WA

2013 Mokuhanga Prints: Riding the Great Wave, Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY

2013 Exhibition of Six Autumn 2012 Mokuhanga Artist Residents, CfSHE Gallery at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

2012 Have I Been Here Before?, La Esquina, Kansas City, MO

2012 New Prints 2012/Summer, International Print Center New York, New York, NY

2012 Take Shelter, Los Caminos, St. Louis, MO

2012 Beyond Japan: International Takes on Moku Hanga,  Cullom Gallery, Seattle, WA

2012 Under Construction, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE               

2012 Yesnomaybe: Collaborative works by Kristi Arnold, Eric Conrad, & Yoonmi Nam, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS 

2012-2015 Southern Graphics Council International Traveling Exhibition, Beginning in New Orleans, LA

2011 ME+YOU+ME: Work by Yoonmi Nam & Eric Conrad, Wonder Fair Gallery, Lawrence, KS

2011 Chain Letter 2011, Golden Parachutes Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2011 Mokuhanga & Hyogu, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan

2011 Hanga Ehon: Hand Printed Books, Yamazaki Art Bookstore Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

2011 Yesnomaybe: Collaborative works by Kristi Arnold, Eric Conrad, & Yoonmi Nam, Naked City Gallery, Wichita, KS

2011 Under Certain Conditions: Yoonmi Nam & Eric Conrad, John A. Day Gallery, Vermillion, SD

2011 Tempus Fugit, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy

2010 Perceptions of Time: Exploring the Past, Present, Future, Cocoon Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2010 Convergence: Korean Prints Now, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, TX

2010 Nice Place to Visit: Printmaking and the Anxious Landscape, The Davis Gallery at Houghton House, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY

2009-2012 Monumental Idea in Miniature Book, Traveling Exhibition, Traveled to 19 states and 12 countries

2009 Makers Without Borders, Penland Gallery at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2009 20/20 Vision: The Second Edition, The Fire House Gallery, Louisville, GA

2008 Printmaking After 20 Years, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2008 The International Exchange Exhibition of Prints, Museum of Contemporary Art at Hongik University, Seoul, Korea

2008 Ruminant, Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2008 Crossings, Jack Olson Gallery at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

2008 In Between: Exploring Memory, Place, and Identity Through Drawing, The Clara M. Eagle Gallery at Murray State University, Murray, KY

2008 Janet Turner National Print Competition Exhibition, Janet Turner Print Museum, Chico, CA

2007 Ad Astra Per Aspera, Shift Space Gallery, Wichita, KS

2007 Thresholds, 6 Gallery, Lawrence, KS

2007 I’d Rather Be Drawing, Dennis Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2007 Here and Now, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center & the Cross Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2006 Waterfall, Mahan Gallery, Columbus, OH

2006 Nagasawa Art Park Artist Residents’ Exhibition, DIC Color Square Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2006 Transformations, Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS

2005 Foreign Exchange, Bad Dog Gallery, DeKalb, IL

2005 13th International Print Biennial Varna 2005, Graphic Art Gallery, Varna, Bulgaria

2003 Bi-National Celebration Exhibition, US Embassy, Asunción, Paraguay

2003 Mostly Square, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS

2003 Taking Shape: 10 Artists Reveal Their Processes, Salina Art Center, Salina, KS

2003 Surface – Kiyomi Iwata, John McQueen, Yoonmi Nam, Toshiko Takaezu, Jan Weiner Gallery at Lula Mac, Kansas City, MO

2002 Yoonmi Nam & Michael Krueger, Art + Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS

2002 Bi-National Celebration Exhibition, US Embassy, Asunción, Paraguay

2002 Inter – sex – ion, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2002 Delta National Small Print Exhibition, Bradbury Gallery, Jonesboro, AR

2002 National Prize Show 2002, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA

2001 Invitational, Hudson B. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2001 Faculty Exchange Show, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland

2000 Yoonmi Nam & Amy Borezo, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY

2000 Invitational, Hudson B. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2000 MFA Exhibition, RISD Museum, Providence, RI

2000 Intersection, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI

2000 Bon a Tirér – RISD / Boston University Exchange Show, Shermon Gallery, Boston, MA

2000 RISD Alumni Exhibition, Sol Koffler & Market House Gallery, Providence, RI

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