Budlong Woods Branch hosts a 2018 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month art exhibit during the month of May featuring artist Heeyoung Kim.
Wildflower painter Heeyoung Kim documents native plants of prairies and woods. Rare and endangered ones are her priority as plant population is rapidly decreasing globally. She creates detailed portrayals of each plant and its life cycle through keen observation and broad research throughout its growing seasons in natural habitats. Her watercolor paintings of prairie plants have garnered distinguished awards including a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society, London (2012), Best in Show by the New Horticultural Society (2012) and ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art (2012).
Kim founded the botanical art program at Brushwood Center, Ryerson Woods Conservation Area, Deerfield (Riverwoods), Illinois. She teaches how to draw and paint Mondays and Saturdays. Learn more about her art and teaching program.