College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Yoonmi Nam

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of the Arts - Visual Art
Associate Professor
M.F.A., Painting/Printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design (Honors)
Primary office:
Chalmers Hall
Room 212A
University of Kansas
1467 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-3102

Yoonmi Nam was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, spending part of her youth in Canada. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts 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 Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking in 2000. Her work considers the cross-cultural experience and sense of transience through prints, installations and drawings. Her recent research interests include the study of traditional ink paintings and woodblock prints from East Asia, including those from Japan, Korea, China, and Tibet. To this end, Yoonmi has traveled and lectured in China, and lived and worked in Japan, Korea and Tibet. She has received numerous grants and fellowships to support her research and travel. Recent grants include, the Hall Center Creative Work Fellowship, the Kansas Arts Commission Mid-Career Artist Fellowship, the Center for East Asian Studies International Research Travel Grant and the Ngwang Choephel Fellowship from the U.S. State Department. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally including countries such as Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Korea, Germany, Mexico, Bulgaria and Paraguay.

Yoonmi Nam teaches printmaking and drawing at the University of Kansas, where she has been a faculty member since 2001. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate students, and has taught Lithography, Intaglio, Serigraphy, Japanese Woodblock Printmaking, Foundations Drawing, and Graduate Seminar.


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

B.F.A., Printmaking, Hong Ik University

Teaching Interests

  • Printmaking
  • Lithography
  • Japanese Woodblock Printmaking (Mokuhanga)
  • Drawing
  • Art
  • Contemporary Art


My work considers a sense of transience through drawings and prints. I use 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. I am interested in beauty, irony, impermanence, and the mundane and extraordinary way we structure our surroundings.

The images of the structures in my drawings are inspired from my everyday environment. They are either in the process of being torn down, built up, or simply in some kind of a state of change. It may be due to time, neglect, development, or forces of nature.

In the arranged flower imagery, the flowers, once cut from their roots, have only a short remaining time to live. They will quickly wither and die, but before they do, they are elegantly and elaborately arranged, as if time will stand still for them.

Research Interests

  • Printmaking
  • Lithography
  • Japanese Woodblock Printmaking (Mokuhanga)
  • Drawing
  • Art
  • Contemporary Art

Selected Work

Artist in Residence, Matfield Outpost Artist Residency, Matfield Green, KS, 07/21/2014 - 07/28/2014

Artist in Residence, MI-LAB (Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory), Tokyo & Lake Kawaguchi, Japan, 10/07/2012 - 11/10/2012

Artist in Residence, Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium, 01/04/2011 - 01/21/2011

Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 12/31/1969 - 12/31/2005

Artist in Residence, Nagasawa Art Park, Kyoto & Awaji, Japan, 01/01/2004 - 12/31/2004

Artist in Residence, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, 12/31/1969 - 12/31/2002

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CEAS offers an M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies.This interdisciplinary degree focused on 20th and 21st century East Asia provides students with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of a selected East Asian country (China, Korea, Japan); a broad knowledge of modern East Asia; and social science research skills and methods appropriate to international area studies. Read more about the CEAS M.A. Program, or contact Ayako Mizumura, CEAS Assistant Director, at or 785-864-1478.

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