Artist’s Bio

Artist Grace Kim

Born in Seoul, Korea Grace Kim is the oldest of four children. She received her bachelor’s degree in architecture at Hong-Ik University, in Seoul, Korea in 1968.

In 1970, Grace immigrated with her husband to the US, where they settled and raised three children. Over the years, she has traveled extensively throughout the world to places such as Japan, China, Italy, France, England, Russia, Eastern Europe, and New Zealand. Currently, she resides in the Washington, DC area.

Grace has studied at the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia, as well as Schuler’s Fine Art School in Baltimore, Maryland.

She has worked under many artists such as Danni Dawson, Robert Liberace, Gerald King, and Ann Schuler. Since 1998, she has been a copyist at the National Gallery of Art. In January 2000, Grace made the acquaintance of Ken Marlow and has since been under his tutelage.

Working with various media, including watercolors, oils, and pencils, Grace creates works that showcase the precision of her architecture training through vivid colors, with heavy emphasis on light and shadows. Her style is strongly influenced by the Dutch still-life works of the 16th and 17th century.

Presently, she splits her time between the National Gallery and original works in her studio. Her goal is not only to capture the work accurately, but to elicit the sensations of taste, smell, and touch from the viewer.



2001-2006        Studied still life painting under Ken Marlow in Washington, DC.
2000-2001        Schuler School of Fine Art Baltimore, MD
1997-2000        Torpedo Art League Alex, VA. Studied Under Danny Dawson & Robert Liberace.
1968                  Hong Ik University, B.A. Architecture Seoul, Korea.


1998 – present National Gallery of Art, Copyist Washington, DC. Worked as a copyist with permission from N.G. of Art.


2008       Solo Exhibition, Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, NM.
2007       Solo Exhibition, Andreeva Galleries, Santa Fe, NM.
2005       Solo Exhibition, Ollie Miller’s Gallery Lothian, MD.
2004       Solo Exhibition, Ollie Miller’s Gallery Lothian, MD.
2002       Solo Exhibition, Watergate Gallery Washington, DC – Collection Mr & Mrs James Earl Jones
1997       Solo Exhibition, Atelier Royal College Park, MD.


2011      “Breeze” – Oil Painters of America National Competition
2011      “Spring Banquet” – Hudson Valley Art Association Competition Helen DeCozen Memorial Award/Floral
2010      “Peahen” – Annual International Guild of Realism Competition
2010      “Papayas” – Oil Painters of America National Competition
2010      “Offering” – Hudson Valley Art Association Competition, Jane Peterson Memorial   Award, Still Life – 2nd Place
2010      “Peahen” & “Papayas” – Art Renewal Center’s International 2009/2010 – Finalist
2010      “Magnolia in Art Vase” & “Offering” – Still Life Category, Annual The Artist’s Magazine – Finalist
2010      “Peahen” & “Peacock” – Animal Category, Annual The Artist’s Magazine – Finalist
2010      The Artist’s Magazine Calendar Limited Edition, “Offering” – Month of December
2010      “Peahen” – Birds in Art 2010 Woodson Art Museum
2010      “Breeze” – Allied Artists of America Annual Competition
2008      The Artist’s Magazine Calendar Limited Edition, “Magnolias” – Month of May
2007      Annual International Guild of Realism Competition
2006      3rd Annual Competition, Art Renewal Center – Honorable Mention Award -“Persimmons Crown”  
2006      93rd Annual Exhibition, Allied Artists of America, The Alieen & Torres Award for Still Life – “Balsam Pear”
2006      Annual The Artist’s Magazine National Competition, First Place in Still Life – “Persimmon”
2006      Annual International Guild of Realism Competition, Best of Still Life
2006      Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts Annual Exhibition     
2005      Audubon Artists Annual Juried Exhibition – The Salmagundi Club
2004-05 Allied Artists of America Annual Competition
2004-05 Hudson Valley Art Association’s National Competition
2004-05 Oil Painters of America’s Annual National Competition
2004      Pen & Brush Annual Competition – The Canson Inc. Art Materials Award
2003-05 Annual The Artists Magazine’ National Competition – Finalist
2004     “Magnolias” Showcased on the cover of The Artists Magazine’s Limited Edition Wall Calendar
2002-03 Laurel Art Guild’s Open Juried Art Competition
2002      Boulder Art Association’s National Juried Competition
2002      Mattawoman Greek Art Center’s annual Juried Competition
2001      Patuxent Art League’s Annual Art Competition

2010    The Artist’s Magazine, Cover page, Jan/Feb 2010 issue
2010    American Art Collector, February issue
2009    American Art Collector, March issue
2008    International, April/May issue
2007    Cape Arts Review, Volume VII
2007    American Art Collector, January and July issues
2007    Focus Magazine, January – March issue
2006    The Artist’s Magazine, Cover Page, December 2006
2006    The Artist’s Magazine, Artist Profile Article, October 2006

2011    American Society of Traditional Artists
2010    Signature Member of Oil Painters of America
2006    Members of Hudson Valley Art Association
2006    Members of the International Guild of Realism
2006    Elected Member of Allied Artists of America

2008-11   “Garden Foley” has been in several traveling museums
2010        “Peahen” on display at the Woodson Art Museum