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Lily Lee

Lily Lee bending metal

Assistant Professor Sculpture

MFA University of Oregon
BFA & BA 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 to expose an honest contemporary portrait stripped of idealization and steeped with idiosyncrasies and paradoxical realities. Looking beyond the pure natural beauty of the West, Lee asserts the relevance of the ignoble, idiosyncratic, and unconventional bricolage that makes up contemporary Western life. Through her artwork she suggests that these realities are every bit as critical and endearing a part of the region’s history, development, and identity today as the vast natural wonders that have so long symbolized the West.

Lily Lee was born and raised in Pullman, Washington. Before joining the faculty at Boise State in 2014 Lee was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Lee’s work has been exhibited in the Ukraine, Portugal, Hungary and throughout the United States. She is a member of the Handweavers Guild of the Boise Valley.

Recent exhibitions include:

  • Northwest Art Now, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA (scheduled)
  • Exercising Authority –Racial Minorities & the American Legal System, Wiseman Gallery, Grants Pass, OR
  • 5th International Textile Triennial, Savaria Museum, Szombathely, Hungary
  • 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