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Yoonmi Nam was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, spending part of her youth in Canada.  She received a B.F.A. degree in Printmaking from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea.  She moved to America to study at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a M.F.A. degree in Painting and Printmaking in 2000.  Her work considers the cross-cultural experience and sense of transience throu­gh prints, installations and drawings.  Nam uses images of man-made environments and the culture of cut flower arrangements as metaphors to evoke a sense of time that is both fleeting and eternal.  Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Kansas. 


Born 1974, Seoul, Korea



M.F.A. in Painting / Printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI (Honors)

Certificate for Collegiate Teaching, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University, Providence, RI


B.F.A. in Printmaking, Hongik University, Seoul, KOREA




"Still"The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA


"Momentarily", PLUG Projects, Kansas City, MO

"Temporary Arrangements"Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO

"Temporary Still Lifes", CfSHE Gallery at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, JAPAN

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


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


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


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

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


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


“Bamboo Forest”, The Shaw Center Art Gallery, Lamoni, IA                  

“Bamboo Forest”, Alexandre Hogue Gallery, Tulsa, OK


“Bamboo Forest”, Fairbanks Gallery, Corvallis, OR                 

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

“Small Monotypes”, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO


“Evidence”, Benson Gallery, Providence, RI




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

"Master Graphics", Haw ContemporaryKansas City, MO

"Idols and Impossible Structures: New Prints 2017/Winter", International Print Center New York, New York, NY, January 19-April 1, 2017  Link to curatorial essay

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

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


"To Be the Void: Sublimity and Contemporaneity", International Cultural Center of Krakow, POLAND

"Contemporary American Lithography", Museum of Lithographic Art, Tidaholm, SWEDEN

"Here, She Landed: Kathy Liao, Yoonmi Nam, & Hyeyoung Shin", Fraction Gallery, Kansas City, MO

"Contemporary American Prints", Il Bisonte Gallery, Florence, ITALY

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

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

"Contemporary Mokuhanga"Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, RI

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

"Text & Image", Wilson Hall Gallery at University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL


"Pressure Points", Savery Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

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

"wood+paper+box", Wonder Fair Gallery 

"International Mokuhanga Exhibition", Yoh Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

"Botanica", Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA

"XX / 7", Fisch Haus, Wichita, KS

"Print Sprial", Akus Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT


"Wood, Paper, Box: Katie Baldwin, Mariko Jesse, & Yoonmi Nam", Tokyo University of the Arts Art Space, Tokyo, JAPAN

"Jappanned!", Gallery TEN, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND

"YWAs: Young Woman Artists", Wonder Fair Gallery, Lawrence, KS 

"Under Pressure: Contemporary Printmaking and Changing Landscape", Meramec Gallery of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO


"New Prints 2013 / Autumn", International Print Center New York, New York, NY

"Home Maker: Prints of Houses, Houses of Prints", Maass Gallery at Purchase College, Purchase, NY, Curated by Faye Hirsch, Editor-at-Large, Art in America

"Naturaleza Invertida", ATEA, Mexico City, MEXICO

"20 Artists/20 Views", CfSHE Gallery at 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, JAPAN

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

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

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


"Have I Been Here Before?", La Esquina, Kansas City, MO, Curated by Jamilee Polson Lacy, curator-in-residence at Charlotte Street Foundation

"New Prints 2012/Summer", International Print Center New York, New York, NY, Selected by Shahzia Sikander

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

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

“Under Construction”, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE                

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


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


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

“Chain Letter 2011”, Golden Parachutes Gallery, Berlin, GERMANY                  

“Mokuhanga & Hyogu, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, JAPAN                  

“Hanga Ehon: Hand Printed Books”, Yamazaki Art Bookstore Gallery, Kyoto, JAPAN                 

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

“Convergence: Korean Prints Now”, The Rubin Center for Visual Arts, El Paso, TX                 

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

“Tempus Fugit”, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, ITALY


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

“Convergence: Korean Prints Now”, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, TX                 

“Convergence: Korean Prints Now”, Texas Tech Landmark Arts, Lubbock, TX                 

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


“Monumental Idea in Miniature Book”, Traveling Exhibition, Traveled to 19 states and 12 countries (www.mimb.org)


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

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


Printmaking After 20 Years”, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, KOREA                 

The International Exchange Exhibition of Prints”, Museum of Contemporary Art at Hongik University, Seoul, KOREA

“Ruminant”, Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, ME                

“Crossings”, Jack Olson Gallery at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL                 

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

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


“Ad Astra Per Aspera”, Shift Space Gallery, Wichita, KS                 

“Thresholds”, 6 Gallery, Lawrence, KS                 

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

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


“Waterfall”, Mahan Gallery, Columbus, OH                 

“Nagasawa Art Park Artist Residents’ Exhibition”, DIC Color Square Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN                 

“Transformations”, Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS


“Foreign Exchange”, Bad Dog Gallery, DeKalb, IL                 

“13th International Print Biennial Varna 2005”, Graphic Art Gallery, Varna, BULGARIA


“Bi-National Celebration Exhibition”, US Embassy, Asunción, PARAGUAY                

“Mostly Square”, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS                 

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

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


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

“Bi-National Celebration Exhibition”, US Embassy, Asunción, PARAGUAY                 

“Inter – sex – ion”, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA                 

“Delta National Small Print Exhibition”, Bradbury Gallery, Jonesboro, AR                  

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


“Invitational”, Hudson B. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA                 

“Faculty Exchange Show”, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND


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

"Invitational”, Hudson B. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA                 

“MFA Exhibition”, RISD Museum, Providence, RI                 

“Intersection”, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI                 

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

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




Matfield Outpost Artist Residency, Matfield Green, KS


MI-LAB (Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory) Artist-in-Residence, Kawaguchi Lake & Tokyo, JAPAN


Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, BELGIUM


Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


Nagasawa Art Park: Artist-in-Residence for Japanese Style Water-based Woodblock Printmaking, Awaji City, JAPAN


Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA