JeeYeun Lee is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and activist based in Chicago. Through performance, objects, and socially engaged art, her work explores dynamics of power, connection, violence and resistance. Her most recent projects use walking as a medium to witness the histories of colonization and racism that shape place. She has worked with social justice and community-based organizations for over twenty-five years in immigrant rights, economic justice, LGBTQ issues, and domestic violence. She holds an M.F.A. in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art, M.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and B.A. in Linguistics from Stanford University.
2018 Master of Fine Arts, Fiber, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
1995 Master of Arts, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley, CA
1992 Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
2009-2016 Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL (studio art & art history courses)
2018 Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes Benz, Farmington Hills, MI
2018 Solo Exhibition, Walking Detroit, Flophouse Gallery, Ferndale, MI
2017 Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
2017 Annual Group Exhibition, Next Step Studio & Gallery, Ferndale, MI
2017 Quilt National 2017, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH (catalog)
2017 Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Exhibition, Sulzer Regional Library, Chicago, IL
2017 2017 Cranbrook Academy of Art Annual Scholarship Awards and Exhibition, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI
AWARDS & HONORS
2018 Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
2017 Larson Award, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
2017 Merit Scholarship, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI
1991 Phi Beta Kappa
PUBLICATIONS AS AUTHOR
2005 “An Exploratory Needs Assessment of 1.5 and Second-Generation Korean Americans in the Chicago Area.” Koreans in the Windy City: 100 Years of Korean Americans in the Chicago Area. Eds. Hyock Chun, Kwang Chung Kim, and Shin Kim. New Haven, CT: East Rock Institute, 183-206.
1998 “Toward a Queer Korean American Diasporic History.” Q & A: Queer in Asian America. Eds. David L. Eng and Alice Y. Hom. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 185-209.
1996 “Why Suzie Wong is Not a Lesbian: Asian and Asian American Lesbian and Bisexual Women and Femme/Butch/Gender Identities.” Queer Studies: A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Anthology. Eds. Brett Beemyn and Mickey Eliason. New York: New York University Press, 115-132.
1995 “Beyond Bean Counting.” Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation. Ed. Barbara Findlen. Seattle: Seal Press, 205-211.
1993 “Chickenshit.” Witness Aloud: Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Asian/Pacific American Writings. The APA Journal 2:1 (Spring/Summer 1993): 42-44.
LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS
2019 “Walking as Witness”, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, February 27.
2018 Artist-in-Residence Lecture, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM, November 29.
2018 SFAI140 Presenter, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM, November 16.
2018 Panel Discussion with Nell Irvin Painter, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM, November 1.
2017 “Race, Class and Place: A Selective Story of the Development of the Detroit Metropolitan Region,”
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Sept. 27.
2008-2016 Center for Community Arts Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
Development & Communications Director
2009 Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL
Adjunct Faculty in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management Department
2006-2008 Korean American Community Services, Chicago, IL
Associate Director & Director of Community Education
2002-2005 Korean American Community Services, Chicago, IL
Director of Community Education and Organizing
2002 Center for Third World Organizing, Oakland, CA
Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program participant
2000-2001 Just Economics, Berkeley, CA
Program Associate & Trainer
1997-1999 RWS Group, Ltd., San Francisco, CA
1996-1997 Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights, San Francisco, CA
1993-1995 University of California, Berkeley, CA
Graduate Teaching Assistant in Ethnic Studies Department
1994-1995 Aunt Lute Books, San Francisco, CA
Production Assistant/Permissions Coordinator