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Deanna Lee
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Greenpoint

ARTIST STATEMENT: My work stems from patterns and traces of growth and decay in the natural world and the built environment. At an early age I saw electron micrographs and scientific specimens, and I am still engaged by abstracted images of nature. I am invested in the hand-drawn line for its conveyance of individualism, imperfection, and frailty, and I see my use of line as a tenuous analogy to ink painting. I consider my traces and rubbings of plywood and cracking walls as calligraphic gestures by some non-human artistic predecessor. Here, I copy marks made by impersonal forces—marks that record growth and time in wood and the residue of change and decay in ceilings, walls, and floors. I think of my work as some hand-drawn interpretations of the material evidence of time.

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Public Art Projects
2012 -- “Perpetual Nature,” NYC Department of Transportation commission, Queens
-- “Groundswell,” Myrtle Avenue Tree Guards, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
2011 -- “Curb Patches,” Publicly Creative, CEC ArtsLink, SoHo, New York
2010 -- “In Plain Site,” ArtBridge, Chelsea, New York

Private Commissions
2006, 2010 -- Two series of four seasonal paintings of dedicatory trees at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY

Solo Exhibitions
2014 -- “Echo Lineation,” Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn
2012 -- “Deanna Lee,” Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn
2011 -- “Recent Paintings and Drawings,” Earlville Opera House, Earlville, NY
2005 -- “After (lightbox)” site-specific installation, hallway project at PS122 Gallery, New York
2003 -- “Borrowed Views (The Wave Hill Paintings),” Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
2001 -- “10,000 Offerings,” Linda Kramer Award exhibition, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago
1997 -- “Points of Interest,” Edward Williams College, Hackensack, NJ

Two- and Three-person Exhibitions
2012 -- “Transformation,” Blank Space Gallery, New York
2011 -- “Deanna Lee and Diane Banks,” Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 -- “Aqueous Fervor,” Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, New York
--- “Art Connections,” George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
2013 -- “Beasts & Bodies,” Schema Projects, Brooklyn
--- “AS/AP,” AS Artists, Front Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn
--- “Curate NYC Top 150,” Rush Arts Gallery, New York
--- “Represent Brooklyn 2013,” The Rising Arts, Brooklyn
--- “Draw(n) Out,” George Mason University Fine Art Gallery, Fairfax, VA
2012 -- “From the Boros,” Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York
--- “Anywhere But Here,” Artsicle / Gallery Bar, New York
--- “The Abstract Universe: Microcosm/Macrocosm,” Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ
2011 -- “Year One,” Fowler Arts Gallery, Brooklyn
--- “Chain Letter,” Samson Projects, Boston, MA
--- “Transient Landscape,” galleryELL, Governors Island, New York
--- “Wanderlust,” Yes Gallery, Brooklyn
--- “The Emerging Landscape,” Society Contemporary Art, New York
--- “Expand and Conflate,” General Electric corporate headquarters, Fairfield, CT
--- “Brooklyn Takes on Alton!” The Bartlett Gallery, Alton, Ontario, Canada
2010 -- “Day Job,” The Drawing Center, New York
--- “galleryELL at The Loading Dock,” Brooklyn
--- Abbey Mural Workshop Fellowship exhibition, The National Academy, New York
--- “NorthBrooklyn,” The Renaissance Center of North Brooklyn
--- “Idle Time/Busy Mind,” NURTUREart, Brooklyn
--- “I Heart Art,” Work Gallery, benefit for The Wassaic Project, Brooklyn
2009 -- NURTUREart benefit (curated by Yaelle Amir, Patrick Amsellem, David Humphrey, Joelle Jensen), New York
2008 -- “The Circular Exhibition,” Hun Gallery, New York, and Gallery Ho, Seoul, Korea
2007 -- Asian American Arts Alliance gala benefit, New York
2006 -- “Trees of Knowing,” Abrons Art Center, Henry Street Settlement, New York
--- “Postcards from the Edge,” Visual AIDS, Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, New York
--- “Night of 1000 Drawings,” Artists Space, New York
2004 -- “Art at Steepletop,” Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY
--- Matzo Files viewing program, Artists Alliance, Inc., New York
2003 -- “Postcards from the Edge,” Visual AIDS, Galerie Lelong, New York
--- “Recession 2003,” Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York
2002 -- Asian Contemporary Art Week open studios, Brooklyn
2001 -- “I Wish I Thought of That: Performance Art History Repeats Itself,” spareroom, Chicago
2000 -- “Photographic Imagination,” Here Here Gallery, Cleveland, OH
--- “ARTwork II,” Art Institute of Chicago
2000--07 -- Artomat / Artists in Cellophane art vending machines (
1999 -- “Altered Objects,” Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
--- “Accumulations,” SPACES, Cleveland, OH
--- “Pattern Obsession,” Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago
--- “ARTwork,” Art Institute of Chicago
1998 -- “Contemporary Abstraction Chicago,” Klein Art Works, Chicago
--- “Link: 22 Painters,” Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago
--- “Open Walls,” Premier Exhibition, Pi Gallery, Chicago
--- “Eclectic Visions: Working Artists Working,” Gruen Galleries, Chicago
1997 -- “Just Good Art,” Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
1996 -- “Young Americans of Asian Ancestry,” Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
--- “FLAT,” North and California, Chicago
--- “Paintbrush Ball,” Marwen Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
--- “Artist-Teacher Exhibition,” Marwen Gallery, Chicago
1995 -- “New Talent II,” Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago
--- “Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition,” School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1994 -- “Investigations into the Physical and Metaphorical Hole,” Gallery 2, Chicago
1993 -- “Winter Show,” Harvard University Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA

2013 -- Studio Residency, Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn
2012 -- Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
--- Residency, Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca, NY
2010 -- Alternate Associate Artist, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
--- The Edwin Austin Abbey Mural Workshop Fellowship, The National Academy
2008 -- Catwalk Artist Residency, Catskill, NY
2005 -- Asia Society travel grant to Vietnam and Cambodia
2004 -- Manhattan Graphics Center Scholarship, New York
--- Residency, Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY
--- BRIC Media Fellowship, Brooklyn
2001 -- Linda Kramer Fellowship Exhibition Award, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago
1996, 1998 -- CAAP Grants, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

Selected Press

Conner, Jill. “Making Waves.” Arts and Entertainment, Examiner. (February 18, 2012:

Teran, Dan. “Studio visit: Deanna Lee: Between the Lines,” Artsicle blog, March 29, 2012 (

Stout, Richard. “Lee and Banks at the Courthouse Gallery.” Lake George Mirror Magazine. (September 26, 2011:

“Expand and Conflate,” curatorial statement, GE Cultural Fine Art Gallery, Picture That (

The Drawing Center. “Day Job.” Drawing Papers 95 (2010).

“Deanna Lee’s Paintings,” Design for Mankind blog, July 26, 2010 (

Landi, Ann. “Where the Art Happens.” ARTNews. (June 2010): 76–83.

Versal magazine, vol. 8, May 2010.

“Wave Hill wonder.” The Riverdale Press. (May 29, 2003).

Bulka, Michael. “Five shows to see now.” Newcity. (February 8, 2001): 31.

Green, Frank. “From Here Here to Eternity.” Northern Ohio Live. (May 2000): 41–43.

Glatt, Cara. “Local exhibit shows Asian influence.” Hyde Park Herald. (October 16, 1996): 8.

Education and Professional Development

Artists Summer Institute, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Creative Capital, New York, NY, May 2012.
Publicly Creative workshop, CEC ArtsLink, New York, NY, May 2011.
Internet for Artists workshop, Creative Capital, New York, NY, February 2011.
Abbey Mural Workshop, The National Academy, New York, NY, July 2010.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL: M.F.A. Painting and Drawing, 1995.
Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio: B.A. Studio Art and Art History, 1992.
Tyler School of Art/Temple University, Rome, Italy, 1991.

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