Mee Shim


Mee Shim translates Eastern tradition and philosophy through her Face paintings. Ultimately, she says, this series is about unification. Onto each Face, Mee has “engraved the symbolic universes  represent the philosophy that the intuitive and introspective concept of self are united within the whole of creation.”

Who is Mee

Mee Shim was born and raised in Suwon, South Korea. She began studying at age 11 with an artist in her hometown. She had her first solo exhibition at Gallery Samjung in Seoul just one year after completing the BFA program at Duksung Women’s University in Seoul in 1992.

After she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University in Michigan in 1999, Mee taught at Indiana University, and has exhibited at art museums and many galleries in the United States, South Korea, and Europe, including Monarch Gallery, La Jolla; James Gray Gallery in Santa Monica; Orange County Center for the Contemporary Art in Orange County, California; Merwin and Wakeley Gallery; Andrew Bae Gallery in Chicago, Illinois; Detroit Artists’ Market, Detroit; Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis; and McDonough Museum of Art in Ohio among many others. She has been awarded fellowships and artist-in-residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont and at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado. Her works were also chosen for Art Exhibition for 12th World Championship in Athletics in Berlin, Germany, 2009. Currently Mee is living and working in San Diego, California.


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