Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist spring series begins Feb. 7 with printmaker Yoonmi Nam

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

Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist spring series begins Feb. 7 with printmaker Yoonmi Nam

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Yoonmi Nam
Yoonmi Nam

Lincoln, Neb.--Seven artists will be presenting Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist & Scholar lectures this spring in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s School of Art, Art History & Design. The series begins with printmaker Yoonmi Nam on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

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. 

Each lecture takes place at 5:30 p.m. in Richards Hall Rm. 15. The lectures are 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 remaining lectures in the series are:
• Feb. 28: Margaret LeJeune. LeJeune is an image-maker, curator and educator. She is the 2023-2024 Barstow Artist-in-Residence at Central Michigan University. In 2023, she was named the Woman Science Photographer of the Year by the Royal Photographic Society.

• March 6: Candice Methe. Methe is a full-time studio artist and educator living and working in western North Carolina. She has been a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Red Lodge Clay Center and Roswell Artist in Residence Foundation and has exhibited nationally and internationally.

• March 20: Roberto Tejada. A translator, editor, essayist, art historian and cultural critic, Tejada is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor at the University of Houston. He was awarded The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Poetry in 2021.

• March 27: Isabel Barbuzza. Barbuzza is professor in the sculpture and intermedia program in the University of Iowa’s School of Art and Art History. As a sculptor, she works in installations, objects and site-specific; she is interested in the power of materiality and the narratives that accompany them.

• April 10: Kim Dorland. Dorland lives and works in Toronto. He pushes the boundaries of painted representation through an exploration of memory, material, nostalgia, identity and place. He has exhibited globally.

• April 24: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Fazlalizadeh is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist working primarily in painting, public art and multimedia installation. She is a Forbes Under 30 lister, a Mellon Foundation fellow, and in 2018, she became the inaugural Public Artist in Residence for the New York City Commission on Human Rights.

Underwritten by the Hixson-Lied Endowment with additional support from other sources, the series enriches the culture of the state by providing a way for Nebraskans to interact with luminaries in the fields of art, art history and design. Each visiting artist or scholar spends one to three days on campus to meet with classes, participate in critiques and give demonstrations. 

For more information on the series, contact the School of Art, Art History & Design at (402) 472-5522 or e-mail schoolaahd@unl.edu.