Premier Solo Exhibition at Joel Oppenheimer Gallery

Heeyoung Kim: Native Plants

of the Woods and Prairies

Among the masters including John James Audubon, Pierre-Joseph Redoute and Margaret Mee, Heeyoung's works were exhibited as the first and only living artist in this renowned natural history art gallery. Chicago, IL, 03/27 - 05/31, 2015. Below is a slide show from the exhibit.


Solo Exhibition at Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show


A Passion for Orchids and Conservation

6 paintings of orchids were exhibited among 10,000 live orchids! At Chicago Botanic Annual Orchid Show, Heeyoung's paintings greeted tens of thousands visitors at the entrance. Only ferns and plants that don't need a lot of water were displayed near my paintings to keep them safe. 3 days of orchid painting workshop was accompanied to this orchid show and exhibit. 2017.

Other Solo Exhibitions

Singular Study: Plant Portraits, Brushwood Center

Singular Study: Plant Portraits

Her first solo exhibit at Brushwood Center brought her a reputation as a wildflower painter. Her inspirations shown in this photo are leading conservationist Stephen Packard and Linda Master, and her teacher Derek Norman, who opened the door toward the world of botanical art to her. 2011.

Rugged Grace: In Praise of the Prairies and Woodland, Works by Heeyoung Kim, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA, Aug 15 - Nov 8, 2015

The Royal Horticultural Society Botanical Art Exhibition, London


RHS Gold Medal

Plants of the American Prairie. 8 watercolor paintings of prairie plants. Plants for the exhibit were carefully selected for harmonious display with blue, pink and yellow flowers.

Dragging the big paintings from Chicago to London was quite a challenge, but that was a very good experience, especially when it was paid off with a gold medal.

International Botanical Art Exhibition at new york design center

Best in the Show Award- HSNY/ASBA

Horticultural Society of New York and the American society of botanical artists host one of the finest botanical art exhibits. Heeyoung has been in the show in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016. She won several awards including Best in the Show, 2012.

photo: Display from the exhibit, 2016. The first from the right is Yellow Slipper Orchid by Heeyoung Kim.

13th International at Hunt Institute 

Hunt Institute

for Botanical Documentation

Hunt Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, has the largest botanical art collection in North America, and artists can get in once in a life time. Two of Heeyoung's works, a watercolor (Green Dragon) and a pen-and-ink (Prairie Dock), were exhibited in 2010.

Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinacium), pen-and-ink by Heeyoung Kim is in the permanent collection.

Losing Paradise? Endangered Plants Here and Around the World

Smithsonian Natural History Museum

The American Society of Botanical Artists and NMNH collaborated a traveling juried botanical art exhibition with paintings of endangered species from around the world. The exhibit traveled 5 venues including Smithsonian museum.

Royal Catchfly, Silene regia, a federally listed endangered prairie plant, by Heeyoung Kim, was chosen for the exhibit banner and invitation card at Smithsonian, 2010.

Plants in Peril at Shirley Sherwood Galley, London

Royal Catchfly in KEW, London

This endangered prairie plant got some heat with 'Losing Paradise" exhibit. The whole exhibit was invited to Shirley Sherwood Gallery in KEW garden.

As a total beginner botanical artist at that time, I was delighted to see my painting in the signboard at KEW, 2011.

Margaret Flockton Award, Sydney

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Pen-and-Ink Botanical Illustration competition, Sydney

Margaret Flockton Award is the only juried exhibition for traditional ink botanical illustration in the world. Heeyoung uses crow quill pen and old style bottled ink instead of convenient mechanical pens, because she feels and breathes the history of this art form through the traditional medium. She exhibited her drawings of White Lady's Slipper in 2010 and Green Dragon in 2013.

Photo: detail of White Lady's Slipper by Heeyoung Kim

Annual Exhibition by Heeyoung Kim & Students. Watch video About 3rd Annual (click)

Enriching Life at Brushwood Center

From the results of joyful learning in Heeyoung's workshops and classes at Brushwood Center, annual exhibition is mounted at the end of the year. We are proud of our past two very successful exhibitions, and excited with upcoming 3rd exhibit, Nov 12 - Dec 21, 2017.

Upcoming 3d Exhibit Opening Reception: Nov 12, 1 PM - 3 Pm. Meet the artists and enjoy live music and refreshments.

Other Group Exhibitions

Articulate Visions: The Convergence of Art and Science, Reed-Turner Botanical Artists Group exhibition at H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI, Sep. 9 – Nov. 14, 2015

Following Bartram’s Footstep: The American Society of Botanical Artists, in collaboration with Bartram Garden, a travel group exhibition at 5 venues:  

  • Bartram’s Garden Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, April 26 – May 24, 2013

  • South Florida Museum, Bradenton, FL, September19 – December30, 2013

  • Cherokee Garden Library/Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA, Mar. 17 – Jun. 17, 2014

  • North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC, August30 – Nov.2, 2014

  • University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley, CA, Dec. 2014- Feb. 2015

Small Works: the American Society of Botanical Artists Conference Exhibition, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL, 2012

Filoli 13th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition: Filoli Botanical Garden, Woodside, CA, 2009, 2011, 2010

Major Acquisitions & New Works: Lloyd Shin Gallery, Northbrook, Illinois, 2010

Losing Paradise? Endangered Plants Here and Around the World: a travel group exhibition hosted by the American Society of Botanical Artists in collaboration with Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History at 5 venues.

  • Missouri Botanic Garden, October 5 – November 15, 2009

  • Chicago Botanic Garden, January 16 – April 4, 2010

  • New York Botanical Garden, May 6 – July 25, 2010

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Aug.14–Dec.12, 2010, (Heeyoung’s watercolor of Royal Catchfly, Silene regia was chosen for main exhibition sign board, exhibit panel, and invitation card. Royal Catchfly is on the exhibition page of the website permanently since 2010)

  • Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden, KEW, London, June 25 – Oct. 16, 2011, (Heeyoung’s Royal Catchfly was chosen for exhibit banner)

A Natural Perspective: An International Juried Exhibition of the American Society of Botanical Artists, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, October 15, 2009 – January 3, 2010

Small Works: the American Society of Botanical Artists Conference Exhibition, Huntington   Library, San Marino, CA, 2008


RHS Gold Medal and Best in Show HSNY/ASBA

 ASBA Eleanor Wunderlich Award for Excellence: 16th Annual International Juried   Botanical Art Exhibition, the Horticultural Society of New York, September 20, 2013

Gold Medal: RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) London Botanical Art Exhibition, March 16-17, 2012

Best in Show Award: 15th Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition, the Horticultural Society of New York, September 14, 2012

Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art: The American Society ofBotanical Artists, October 20, 2012

Award for Merit: 14th Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition of the American   Society of Botanical Artist and the Horticultural Society of New York, September 21, 2011 

Honorable Mention: 13th Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition of the  American Society of Botanical Artist and the Horticultural Society of New York, September 15, 2010