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Lily Lee

Lily Lee bending metal

Assistant Professor Sculpture

MFA University of Oregon
BA University of Washington cum laude
BFA University of Washington cum laude

Lily Lee uses a range of material processes in her artistic work including metal fabrication, auto body products, weaving and beadwork. Lee’s current work aims to depict an alternative construct of the American West, exposing an honest contemporary portrait stripped of idealization and steeped with idiosyncrasies and paradoxical realities. In Lee’s current body of work she is handweaving burial shrouds to commemorate the victims of the Great Basin Murders, a string of homicides spanning the 60’s to 90’s in which female victims were found along the highways of the Great Basin region. Using Fiberworks, a weaving software program, Lee develops original weave patterns using data from each case including height, weight and age estimates as well as the date and GPS coordinates of when and where the victim was located. The density of the weaving communicates the postmortem interval. While this work is an attempt to broach the anonymity of unidentified human remains through devotional craft, the resulting woven panels remain visually austere illustrating the absence of information that characterizes many cold cases.

Lily Lee was born and raised in Pullman, Washington. Lee previously taught at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri before joining the department at Boise State. Lee’s work has been exhibited in the Ukraine, Portugal, Hungary Greece, Italy, and throughout the United States. She is a member of the Handweavers Guild of the Boise Valley.


Recent exhibitions include:

  • Hand in Hand: Craft and New Technologies, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey & Traverse City, MI (national juried traveling exhibition
  • Crafting Community, Surface Design Association Exhibition in Print (juried national exhibition)
  • Idaho Triennial, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID (juried state exhibition)
  • New Fibers, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI (national juried exhibition
  • Messing with Yarn, Textile Arts Factory, Thessaloniki, Greece (international juried exhibition)
  • Northwest Art Now, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA (scheduled)
  • Exercising Authority –Racial Minorities & the American Legal System, Wiseman Gallery, Grants Pass, OR
  • Contextile 2014: Contemporary Textile Art Biennial, Guimarães, Portugal
  • Post-Racial U.S, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
  • 6th International Mini Textile Exhibition, Local Lore Museum, Kherson, Ukraine
  • 28th Annual Positive/Negative, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
  • Across the Divide IV: The New Boondocks, CoCA Georgetown Gallery, Seattle, WA