Jee-Yeon Koo and Students Mount Landmark Exhibitions

Originally appeared in The Botanical Artist - Volume 17, Issue 4 and Volume 18, Issue 1

Recently, two beautiful exhibitions of botanical art were held in South Korea. One, a solo exhibition of work by our award-winning member, Jee-Yeon Koo, and the other a group exhibition of her students, many of whom are ASBAmembers. Jee-Yeon is a force of nature in successfully promoting botanical art in Korea, with these exhibitions just the latest in an impressive campaign of education and art. Congratulations to Jee-Yeon and her talented students.

Plant Portraits - Jee-Yeon Koo’s Botanical Paintings 

Dongduk Women’s University Museum, Sungbuk-gu Hawallgokdong 23-1,
Seoul 136-714, Republic of Korea 

October 26th 2011 -November 25th 2011 

Jee-Yeon Koo’s botanical paintings are featured in this invitational solo exhibition. Her work is widely respected in Korea, as she advocates for the genre, noting its importance in documenting plants and connecting with the wider public to enlist their enthusiasm for botanical works. In this exhibition, as well as the next listed one, Koo’s artworks have been incorporated into the poster for the event.

2012 Plants of Cheonggyecheon, the Artistic Revival of Botanical Art in Cheonggyecheon

October 28th 2011-February 5, 2012 

For the first time in Korea, a large-scale art exhibition focuses on botanical art, featuring Korean plants. It opened in October, with a goal to create a new awareness of plants in the lives of citizens. It is an environmentallycentered art exhibition, with artworks contributed by the members of the Korean Society of Botanical Illustrators (President: Jee-Yeon Koo). 

Cheonggyecheon is an historically important stream that flows through the middle of the city of Seoul. The stream has been recently restored to health, aiming for recreating its natural, unsullied state. This exhibition focuses on illustrating those plants that live near the Cheonggyecheon. 

View the exquisite art in both venues: go to for Plant Portraits - Jee-Yeon Koo’s Botanical Paintings, and for Plants of Cheonggyecheon, the Artistic Revival of Botanical Art in Cheonggyecheon.

  • Gossypium indicum Lamarck, 55x77”, watercolor on paper, ©Jee- Yeon Koo, 2011, used on the poster presenting this exhibition in Korea
  • Poster for the ground-breaking exhibition of botanical art in Cheonggyecheon