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Speaker Series: A Wildflower Painter’s Colorful Documentation: Project 200

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Chicago Cultural Center, 5th Floor Millennium Park Room

78 East Washington Street

Chicago, IL 60602

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Local award-winning botanical artist and teacher, Heeyoung Kim, visits natural areas of the Midwest and paints native plants of our prairies and woods. The nature of her work has made her more sensitive than most about the effects of climate change on our local native habitat. Less than 1% of the original tallgrass prairie remains – time is running out for plants native to these areas!

Throughout time botanical artists have documented plants, carefully observing and recording live specimens. Botanical art collections of skilled illustrators, past and present, are an important part of art history but also a valuable resource as scientists study the changes in the environment, among other things.

With educating the public about native plants and nature conservation in mind, Heeyoung Kim has embarked on a new undertaking, Project 200, to document our native Midwestern plants at risk, before its too late. In this lecture, Heeyoung will talk about Project 200, share her painting progress, historical botanical art collections of the past, and noteworthy contemporary botanical documentation projects by individuals and institutions of the world.

Heeyoung Kim’s watercolor paintings of prairie plants have earned the most distinguished awards in the world: Gold Medal from Royal Horticultural Society, London (2012), Best in the Show from New Horticultural Society (2012), and Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art by the American Society of Botanical Artists in 2012. She founded the botanical art program at Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods and teaches this traditional art form in various media and advocates for the important role of plants to eco-sustainability and our own existence.

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