Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist: Yoonmi Nam

Yoonmi Nam, “The Four Seasons (detail),” Mokuhanga, 2019.
Yoonmi Nam, “The Four Seasons (detail),” Mokuhanga, 2019.

On Wednesday the 7th, come join in the first of seven Hixson-Lied visiting artist of the semester is printmaking professor at the University of Kansas, Yoonmi Nam.

The lecture takes place at 5:30 p.m. in Richards Hall Rm. 15 and is free and open to the public.

Nam is professor printmaking at the University of Kansas. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she has studied in Korea, Canada, U.S. and Japan.

Nam is interested in the observation and depiction of everyday objects and occurrences, especially when they subtly suggest contradictions—a perception of time that feels both temporary and lasting and a sense of place that feels both familiar and foreign.

Growing up as an only child with working parents, she often engaged in quiet observations of things around her. Experiences of living in disparate cultures with different people and their histories allowed her to notice what often is unobserved in one’s own familiar spaces.

She works in traditional printmaking processes, such as mokuhanga (Japanese-style, water-based woodblock printing) and lithography to make imagery as well as explore other materials such as clay, glass and paper to make three-dimensional still lifes.

Nam has shown her work in more than 25 solo exhibitions and 200 group exhibitions nationally and internationally. She was awarded residencies at Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory in Japan three times (2004, 2012 and 2019) to study traditional Japanese woodblock printing techniques and is the recipient of the Keiko Kadota Award for Advancement of Mokuhanga.

She has participated in artist residencies at Brandywine Workshop and Archives in Philadelphia, Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium, Kala Art Institute in California, Vermont Studio Center, and a three-year studio residency at Studios Inc. in Kansas City.

The School of Art, Art History & Design’s Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series brings notable artists, scholars and designers to Nebraska each semester to enhance the education of students.

More details at: https://arts.unl.edu/art/news/hixson-lied-visiting-artist-spring-series-begins-feb-7-printmaker-yoonmi-nam