Flora of Korea

About this Exhibition

Korea's exhibition is organized by the Korean Society of Botanical Illustrators along with the Korea National Arboretum. A competition was held to select artworks to be featured in the Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition in Korea, and a total of 13 pieces of artwork selected based on the evaluation of six judges on October 13, 2017. The expert judges included three botanical artists (Ms. Robin A. Jess, Ms. Mieko Ishikawa, and Ms. Jee-Yeon Koo) and three botanists (Prof. Won-Kyi Back, Dr. Kyung Choi, and Dr. Hyuk-Jin Kim). The award ceremony was held on December 4, 2017 at Korea National Arboretum. For the Exhibition, a total of 40 pieces of botanical art are featured, including the 13 selected artworks and 27 pieces (illustrated by 18 professional botanical artists) from the Korea National Arboretum Native Plant Collection.  Of the 40 pieces to be featured in the Exhibition, 38 pieces represent 38 native plant species of Korea, and the remaining two pieces illustrate Hibiscus syriacus L. and Althaea rosea (L.) Cav., both of which are familiar and well-loved by Koreans for a long time. The Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition in Korea will open on May 18, 2018 at the Korea National Arboretum Gallery in Pochon, and begin a tour to major botanical gardens and arboreta around the country.

The awardees:

·       MAFRA Minister's Award ($2500): Joo-Young Lee (Wrinkled-margin gymnandenia)

·       KFS Minister's Award ($1500): Su-Mi Kim (Donnang pasque-flower) 

·       KNA Director General's Award ($500): Hee-Soon Baik (Asian beach jackbean), Soon-Won Koo (Ulleungdo hemlock) and Jee-Yeun Seo (Prickly waterlily)

·       Finalists ($300): Young-Suk Lee (Manchurian peashrub), Kea-Hyung Lee (Korean necklace pod), Seon-Ae Na (Seashore pink), Eun-Jin Ahn (Oriental columbine), Min-Jeung Son (Poison-bulb), Ga-Hee Han (Round-leaf hylotelephium), Yeong-Deok Ryu (Siebold's greenbrier), Jae-Young Min (Hollyhock).

  The poster for Flora of Korea

The poster for Flora of Korea

artwork

This delicate slipper orchid is very rare in Korea, amounting to about 200 plants in the wild, and is listed on Appendix II of CITES. The artist, Jee-Yeon Koo, as principal director for the national project to illustrate rare and endangered Korean plants, has painted many rare Korean plants, including this Cypripedium. It appeared in a 1794 engraving in Icones Plantarum Japonicarum, authored by Carl Thunberg.

Cypripedium japonicum, watercolor on paper, ©Jee-Yeon Koo

  One of the images selected for the Flora of Korea exhibition,  Pulsatilla tongkangensis , watercolor on paper   ©Su-Mi Kim and Korea National Arboretum, recipient of the KFS Minister's Award.

One of the images selected for the Flora of Korea exhibition, Pulsatilla tongkangensis, watercolor on paper ©Su-Mi Kim and Korea National Arboretum, recipient of the KFS Minister's Award.

Gymnadenia camtschatica, wrinkled-margin gymnadenia, watercolor on paper, ©Joo-Young Lee and Korea National Arboretum, recipient of the MAFRA Minister's Award.


Organizers

Korean Society of Botanical Illustrators and Korea National Arboretum

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Steering Committee

Jee-Yeon Koo
Seung-Hwan Oh, Ph.D.
Seung-Hyun Yi
Hyuk-Jin Kim, Ph.D.


exhibition Venue

Korea National Arboretum

  Courtesy Jee-Yeon Koo

Courtesy Jee-Yeon Koo


Location

Korea National Arboretum, 415, Gwangneungsumogwon-ro, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do

 

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