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Art Exhibition: Once in a blue moon twice

April 3, 2021

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until May 16, 2021

Free With Admission
A variety of fabric cyanotypes showing the outline of plants overlaid with red and stitched together.
A variety of cyanotypes showing the outline of plants overdid with red and stitched together.

We are proud to present a premier exhibition, Once in a blue moon twice, by Dawn Kim, this year’s St. Elmo Arts Fellow. Visitors can explore Kim’s works amid the wildflowers and trees of the Center’s Woodland Garden to a soundtrack of birdsong and a gently flowing stream.

This exhibition is free with admission. Admission is always free for members! 

Plan Your Visit

Inspired? Dawn Kim will teach an original program, “Printing With the Sun: Cyanotypes Workshop,” on April 24. Register in advance, pick up your materials, and take the class from wherever you are via Zoom. Get details about this class and register here. 

About the Exhibition

Once in a blue moon twice is St. Elmo Arts Fellow Dawn Kim’s response to a period of time defined by a string of unprecedented events. The site-specific installation is made of large-scale cyanotypes on fabric, hung from the rafters of an early pergola. Each sheet is composed of smaller, irregular cyanotype pieces, hand-stitched together with crimson thread. Deemed essential by Kim, objects that have been purchased, consumed or admired during the residency have been contact-printed on the fabric — from plant cuttings sourced at the Wildflower Center to a week’s worth of breakfast eggshells to the shed fur of her newly adopted dog, Blueberry Willy. Her photograms are as temperamental as Texas weather — some crisp and clearly distinguishable, others hazy and obscure. It is an unreliable inventory of her time in the Lone Star State.

About the Artist

Dawn Kim uses photography to examine the complex relationships between public and private spaces. Once in a blue moon twice marks the culmination of Kim’s yearlong residency as the St. Elmo Arts Fellow, an opportunity created in partnership between the Department of Art and Art History and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin. She graduated from Yale University in photography in 2020.

Materials List (work in progress)

Navel oranges, grown in California

Limes, grown in Mexico

Jars of spices (low on cumin, two of cinnamon)

Net of avocados, grown in Mexico

Compost from dinner (green onions and peeled carrots)

Glass jug from wholesale kombucha

Orange juice carafe, made from U.S. oranges

Dyson vacuum (Christmas splurge), imported from Malaysia

30-foot dog training leash, imported from China

Dog leash and harness, imported from China

Extension cord and power strip

A week’s worth of eggshells, from chickens in Gonzales, Texas

Skin of onions, grown in Texas

One day’s worth of Blueberry Willy’s fur

Italian parsley

Cilantro leaves


Cornstarch packing peanuts

Red potatoes

Banana peel

Slow cooker, imported from China

Hydrogen peroxide

Gelatin bottles

Eucalyptus (non-native)

Pressed dogwood from New Haven, Connecticut

Mexican feathergrass

Metal clamps, imported from Mexico

3-pound dumbbells

Seltzer cans

Coffee filters


Bottles of extracts (almond and vanilla)

Bottle of olive oil

Leaves of stargazer lilies (non-native)

Rice noodles packaging

Studio Crocs


April 3, 2021
Free With Admission
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Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center