Susie Lee is a visual artist and the CEO of Siren. Her work explores intimacy and connection through technology, fluidly embedding new media across many platforms. Recognized as Emerging Artist of the Year for the “intelligence, emotion and sensuality” of her work, Lee was also named “Artist to Watch” by ARTnews. Her work has been exhibited and commissioned in the US and abroad, in such venues as the Mitchell Center for the Arts, Denver Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, Blanton Museum, and Crystal Bridges Museum of Art and is included in notable public collections. A graduate of Yale, Columbia and UW with degrees in
molecular biophysics and biochemistry, science education, and fine arts, Lee shapes technology to amplify connections, and her recent endeavor, Siren, has gained significant momentum in the public imagination and press, including The Guardian, front page of the Seattle Times, CNN, Cosmopolitan, Geekwire, The Stranger, Engadget, The Washington Post, and ThinkProgress.
2006 MFA, University of Washington, Seattle
1995 MA, Science Education, Columbia University, New York
1994 BS, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University, New Haven CT
One / Two Person Projects:
2014 Piano Concerto, w/ Byron Au Yong, commissioned by the Mitchell Center, Houston, TX
Siren, women-empowered mobile app through Foxlike Incorporated
2013 Split Open, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks ND
2012 Of Breath and Rain, Frye Art Museum, Seattle Unplug, Try Again, Lawrimore Project, Seattle
2010 Vive Ancora, Galleria Tiziana Di Caro, Salerno ITALY Still Lives, Washington Care Center, Seattle
2009 Shadow Playing, The Art Gym, Portland OR
2008 Bodies of Water, Galleria Tiziana Di Caro, Salerno ITALY
2007 Refrain, Lawrimore Project, Seattle
2006 fermata..., University of WA, Seattle
2003 Bound, Ceramic and Metal Arts Gallery, Seattle
Frost, Phinney Center Gallery, Seattle
2002 Showers, The Bemis Building, Seattle
Pending, Secluded Alley Works, Seattle
Wait, The Bemis Building, Seattle
2000 Animus, Northwest Asian American Theatre, Seattle
Select Group Exhibitions:
2014 State of the Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Bentonville AR
2013 Devotion, Hedreen Gallery, Seattle
Oracle, Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver WA
New Collection, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR
2012 10th Northwest Biennial, curated by Rock Hushka, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA
Neddy at Cornish, Cornish College of Arts, Seattle
2011 From Door to Door, Salerno ITALY
S.J. Lee and Erik Sanner, Culver City, CA
Contemporary NW Arts Award, curated by Bonnie Laing-Malcomson, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR
Blink! Light, Sound & the Moving Image, curated by Jill Desmond, Denver Art Museum, Denver
ArteFiera, Bologna Italy Lightness, CityArts Fest, Seattle
2010 Desire, curated by Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin
Design Meets Art, ARCADE, The Art Stable, Seattle
Intellectual Property, curated by Matthew Offenbacher / Yoko Ott, Hedreen Gallery, Seattle University
Out of Bounds: Art from the Collection of Driek and Michael Zirinsky, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham WA
2009 I am/I am not Woman, ArtsWest Gallery, Seattle
2008 Contested Ground: Landscape Redrawn, curated by Ben Mitchell, NW Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane WA
The Terrible Twos: A Lawrimore Project Biennial, Lawrimore Project, Seattle
2007 Channel One: Single Channel Video Exhibition, curated by Kyungmin Lee, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul
Master Minds, curated by Paul Metivier, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland WA
How the Soy Sauce was Bottled, Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle
2006 Introducing Susie Lee, Lawrimore Project, Seattle
Wired Forest, curated by Tracey Fugami, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland WA
2006 University of Washington MFA Thesis Exhibition, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Digital Video & Time Based Works, juried by Eric Frederickson, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle
2005 Touching Art, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle Coupling III, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle
2004 Xchange, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA
Works in Progress, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle
2003 The Last Judgment Project, curated by Stefano Catalani, Bumbershoot 2003, Seattle
Klay, Ceramics and Metal Arts Gallery, Seattle
2002 Preface, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland WA
From the Ground Up, 7 Acres, Duvall WA
Inchoate, Prudential Center, Seattle
2001 I Scream, You Scream, Vermont Clay Studio, Waterbury Center VT
Pigs on Parade, Pike Place Market, Seattle
National Juried Cup Show, Gallery 138, Kent OH
2000 Good and Guilty: Juried Show, curated by Akio Takamori, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland WA
2013 Fire! On the Boards, collaboration with Catherine Cabeen, Seattle
2012 Venus and Adonis, Cornish School of the Arts, collaboration w/ Stephen Stubbs, Seattle
2011 Swimming the List, Lead Artist, Theatre Off Jackson, Seattle
2009 For These Unclosings, Lead Artist, New City Theater, Seattle
Ghost Light, collaboration with Byron Au Yong, The Moore Theatre, Seattle
2008 Indeterminacy or the Observer’s Paradox, Composer, Rendezvous Jewelbox Theatre, Seattle
Awards and Orchestrations:
2014 Women and Technology; Speed Dating 2.0; Women and Privacy, Design and Desire: Siren programming Techstars finalist
2013 Individual Artist Project Award, 4Culture, Seattle
2012 Soft Power, Activated, orchestration with Kolya Rice, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle
Solutions: Artists / Technologists: orchestration with Jess Van Nostrand, Seattle
Neddy Award Finalist, Cornish College, Seattle
2011 Pulse, Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore
Individual Artist Project Award, 4Culture, Seattle
2010 Contemporary Northwest Art Award, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
2010 Visual Art Genius Award, The Stranger, Seattle CityArtist Project Award, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Artist in Residence, Washington Care Center, Seattle Wet and Leatherhard, curated at Lawrimore Project, Seattle SEEDArts and 4Culture SITE-SPECIFIC Award, Seattle Scholarship and residency, Jack Straw New Media Gallery, Jack Straw Productions, Seattle Individual Artist Project Award, 4Culture, Seattle Artist Residency, Theatre Off Jackson, Seattle
2009 Finn Hill JHS Commission, Kirkland WA Individual Artist Project Award, 4Culture, Seattle
Artist Residency, Centrum, Port Townsend, WA
Murakami in the Park, ARTSparks orchestration, Seattle
2008 Individual Artist Project Award, 4Culture, Seattle
CityArtist Project Award, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Shortlist,
2008 Genius Award in Visual Art, The Stranger, Seattle Public Artist Roster, Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA
2007 GAP Grant, Artist Trust, Seattle Special Projects Award, 4Culture, Seattle
Footprints (permanent commission), Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience
2006 Best Emerging Artist, Best of Seattle 2006, Seattle Weekly, Seattle
Nordstrom Recognition Award, University of Washington, Seattle
Juror’s Award, Digital Video & Time Based Works, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle 2005 Kottler/Noritake Scholarship, University of Washington, Seattle
Jury Award, Touching Art, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle 2004 University of Washington Recruitment Scholarship 2003 Juror’s Award, Klay, Ceramics and Metal Arts Gallery, Seattle 1995 Carnegie Mellon Fellowship, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
Works in private collections: Seattle, New York, Denver, London, Austin, Houston, Atlanta, New Jersey, Rome, Seoul Crystal Bridges Museum of Art Denver Art Museum, Denver Colby College Museum of Art, Colby ME
Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle Washington Care Center, Seattle Boise Art Museum, Boise ID Portland Art Museum, Portland OR
Frye Art Museum, Seattle North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks ND
Graves, Jen “The Topic was Devotion,” The Stranger SLOG, August 17, 2013.
Davis, Brangien, “Best New Media Exhibition,” Seattle Magazine, December 2012.
Mader, Elisa, “Susie J Lee, a new media sensualist,” Arts America, March 19, 2012.
Miller, Brian. “Indoor Showers at the Frye.” Seattle Weekly, February 15, 2012.
Davila, Florangela. “At the Frye Museum, a very quiet, very human work of art.” Artscapes, KPLU, February 12, 2012.
Langner, Erin. “Paintings in Earnest: The 10th Northwest Biennial.” New American Paintings, February 10, 2012.
Shimp, Rachel. “Q&A with Susie Lee.” CityArts, January 27, 2012.
Lasarow, Bill. “S.J. Lee and Erik Sanner.” Artscene, July 2011.
Motley, John. “Contemporary Northwest Art Awards review: The limits of regionalism.” The Oregonian, June 15, 2011.
Graves, Jen. “2010 Stranger Visual Art Genius Susie Lee.” The Stranger, September 14, 2010. Hackett, Regina. “Susie J. Lee is a genius.” Another Bouncing Ball, August 4, 2010.
Graves, Jen. “Brainy, Sexy.” The Stranger, February 2, 2010.
Barker, Jeremy M. “Susie J Lee’s For these Unclosings Returns for One Night Only.” The SunBreak, September10, 2009.
Graves, Jen. “Midnight Ride-Around.” The Stranger, August 18, 2009.
Barker, Jeremy. “Susie J. Lee Moves from the Gallery to the Theatre.” Seattlest, August 14, 2009. Hicks, Bob. Review of Shadow Playing. The Oregonian, January 30, 2009.
“Korean-American named ‘Artist to Watch.’” The Chosunilbo, January 20, 2009.
Finkel, Jori. “Moving Experiences,” ArtNews (January 2009). Grant, Adriana. “Not Nada: Susie J. Lee at Strikethrough.” Seattle Weekly, October 24, 2008.
Farr, Sheile. “A museum’s metamorphosis.” The Seattle Times, May 25, 2008.
Caragliano, Renata. “Le sculture d’acqua per pregare con l’arte.” La Repubblica, April 16, 2008. Pellecchia, Erminia. “Tiziana e Susie, l’arte ritrove casa alle Botteghelle.” Il Mattino, April 12, 2008. “Una galleria d’arte moderna nei local ex Botteghelle.” la Città di Salerno, April 11, 2008.
Graves, Jen. “Eye of the Storm.” The Stranger, November 13, 2007.
Farr, Sheila. “Inhabiting space two ways: boldly ... and hardly at all.” The Seattle Times, November 9, 2007.
Scott, Carrie E.A. “Susie J. Lee’s Unromantic Emotions Spill Over Lawrimore.” Seattle Weekly, October 10, 2007.
Graves, Jen. “The Half That Has Gone Missing.” The Stranger, October 17, 2007.
Regina Hackett, “Susie J. Lee’s sound and videos engage the body.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 25, 2007.
Hartt, Jordan. "Metaphorical Language: The Visual Art of Susie J. Lee." Centrum Magazine (Fall 2007).
Williams, Ann. “Susie J Lee’s Journey into Visual Alchemy.” Centrum Magazine (Summer 2007). Gordon, Margery. “Art Basel Miami: Offbeat Highlights from the Fair Trail.” ARTINFO.com, June 11, 2007.
Hackett, Regina. “Visual Arts 2006: Lawrimore Project makes a splash with its fresh space and talent.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 28, 2006.
Hackett, Regina. “Seattle artists again find a place in the Miami sun.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 16, 2006.
Graves, Jen. “The Good Binge.” The Stranger, December 12, 2006.
Hackett, Regina. “Knockout work by a trio of young artists.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 27, 2006.
Graves, Jen. “Introducing Susie Lee.” The Stranger, June 14, 2006.
Demetre, Jim. “UW MFA at the Henry.” Artdish, May 26, 2006. Peters, Sue. “Best of Seattle 2006: Best Emerging Artist.” Seattle Weekly, April 2, 2006.
2014 CEO of Siren Teaching Artist, Photo Center NW
2013 Teaching Artist, University of WA
2012 Teaching Artist, Design Your Hood, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
Adjunct Professor, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle
2011 Juror, Jack Straw New Media Gallery
Guest Lecturer, Cornish School for the Arts Guest Lecturer, Lewis and Clark College, Portland OR
4Culture Public Arts Advisory Committee
New Media Guest Lecturer, Cornish School for the Arts
2010 4Culture Public Arts Advisory Committee Guest Lecturer, Cornish School for the Arts
King County 4Culture Public Arts Advisory Committee Guest Lecturer, Evergreen State University
Curator, Wet and Leatherhard: At the Edge of Ceramics, Lawrimore Project, Seattle
Juror, 4Culture Gallery
2009 Guest Lecturer, Issues and Influences, University of WA, Seattle
Juror, Steambot Exhibition, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland WA
Moderator and Panelist, Art Leadership Lab Creative Conversations, Seattle
Centrum Artist Resident, Port Townsend, WA
Guest Writer, “The Art of Discovery, Journal of Science Communication, Naples Italy
Guest speaker, Frayed Wire, Seattle
Curator of Seattle Parks / 4Culture project: Murakami in the Park
Lecturer, University of Washington
2008 Teaching Artist, Frye Art Museum
Juror, Annual student competition, Landscape Architecture, UW
2007 Teaching Artist, Frye Art Museum Visiting guest artist, Landscape Architecture, UW
Panelist for How the Soy Sauce was Bottled
Teaching Artist, Centrum Arts Center Juror for Union Street Electric Gallery
2006 Visiting guest artist, Introduction to New Media, University of WA
Curator: Coupling IV: Secret Handshake, CoCA
Curator: Marking Territories, Portland Art Center
2005 Teaching Assistant, 3-Dimensional Design, University of WA
Curator: Illuminaughty, Center on Contemporary Arts
2003 Curator: Germinate, Bemis Building, Seattle WA, juried by Doug Jeck
2001 Resident artist, Kirkland Arts Center