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Steven Young Lee

Steven Young Lee
Resident Artist Director, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana, USA

EDUCATION
2004
M.F.A. in Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY

1998
B.F.A. in Ceramics and Art Education, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY

UPCOMING, CURRENT, AND RECENT EXHIBITIONS
2016
Porcelania, Cross MacKenzie Gallery, Washington, DC
Steven Young Lee & Peter Pincus,
Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA
Visions and Revisions: Renwick Invitational 2016, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC 
Connections: Contemporary Craft from the Permanent Collection at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
2015
Glazed and Diffused, Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA
M3: Making Material Matter, Gallery 224, Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, MA
Selected Works from Current Projects, Ferrin Contemporary, New York Ceramics Fair, New York, NY
2014
The Potter’s Tale: Contextualizing 6,000 Years of Ceramics, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA, USA
Ferrin Contemporary at Independent Art Projects, North Adams, MA
Conscious Clay, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Kansas
Ceramic Top 40 | New and Selected Works, Gallery 224, Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts Harvard, Allston, MA
St. Croix Pottery Tour, Oestreich Studio, Minneapolis, MN
Select Art Fair, Duane Reed Gallery, New York, NY
Art Palm Beach, Duane Reed Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
NCECA Exhibition-Archie Bray Foundation, Milwaukee, WI
La Mesa Dinnerware Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Milwaukee, WI
Face to Face Wall to Wall, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
Archie Bray Resident Artist Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Archie Bray Scholarship Auction, Helena, MT
Holter Benefit Auction, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

COLLECTIONS

Crocker Art Museum, Swidler Collection, Sacramento, CA
Schein-Joseph Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, NY
San Bao Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
Arrow International Inc., Marlin Miller Jr., Reading, PA
Standard Ceramic Corporation, James Turnbull, Pittsburgh, PA
Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
Alfred University, Alfred, NY
Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook, IL
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO

PAST EXHIBITIONS (*solo exhibitions)

2013
Ceramic Top 40, Red Star Studios at Belger Crane Studios, Kansas City, MO
Steven Young LeeRed Blue White, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY (April, 2013)
New Blue and White, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA)
Functional / Dysfunctional, Morean Art Center, St. Pete, FL
Selections from Current Projects, Ferrin Contemporary at Project Art, Cummington, MA
SOFA Chicago, Duane Reed Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
COVET, New York Ceramics Fair, Ferrin Gallery, New York, NY
Inception, Schulman Project, Baltimore, MD
Archie Bray Resident Artist Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Archie Bray Scholarship Auction, Helena, MT
Holter Benefit Auction, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
Yunomi International, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Archie Bray Residents, 18 Hands Gallery, NCECA, Houston, TX
La Mesa Dinnerware Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Seattle, WA
Duets, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY………-

2012
Beth Lo and Steven Young Lee, Duane Reed Gallery, St Louis, MO
Covet, Ferrin Gallery, SOFA, New York, NY                                                                                                    Prey/Capture, Foster White Gallery, Seattle, WA                                                                                        PWS 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA
Art Palm Beach, Duane Reed Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
Persistence in Clay: Contemporary Ceramics in Montana, Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, Baker City, OR
Persistence in Clay: Contemporary Ceramics in Montana, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY
La Mesa Dinnerware Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Seattle,WA
2012 Yunomi International, AKAR gallery, Iowa City, IA                                                                  Ceramaramayaki, ASU ceramic research center, Tempe, AZ

2011
Earth, Water, Fire, Flaten Art Museum, St Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Pursuit of Porcelain, Ferrin Gallery, SOFA, New York, NY
Then and Now, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
Persistence in Clay: Contemporary Ceramics in Montana, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula MT
Archie Bray 60th Anniversary Resident Artist Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Archie Bray 60th Anniversary Auction, Helena, MT
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
Featured Artist, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Self Schema, The Heights Waterfront, Tampa, FL
Archie Bray Resident Exhibition, St Petersburg Clay, St Pete, FL

2010
The Vase and Beyond- Swidler Collection, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
*Beneath the Surface, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT.
50 Gravy Boats, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA
SOFA Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
La Mesa Dinnerware Invitational, Santa Fe Clay,Philadelphia, PA
Ceramarama, ASU ceramic research center, Tempe, AZ
Ikebana Y, Pottery Northwest,Seattle, WA
Invitational, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA
Four by Four, Pottery Northwest, Seattle WA
Holter Museum Art Auction, Helena, MT
Archie Bray Resident Exhibition, Helena, MT
Archie Bray Scholarship Auction, Helena, MT

2009
Made in Clay, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY
NCECA Exhibition, MonOrchid Gallery, Phoenix, A
Potters as Sculptors/Sculptors as Potters, Northern Arizona Univ, Phoenix, AZ
2009 Yunomi International, AKAR gallery, Iowa City, IA
La Mesa Dinnerware Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Phoenix, AZ
Archie Bray Resident Exhibition, Helena, MT
Archie Bray Scholarship Auction, Helena, MT
Invitational, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA
Holter Museum Art Auction, Helena, MT
*Notions, Montana Museum of Art and Culture, Missoula, MT
*Culture Theory, Paris Gibson Museum of Art, Great Falls, MT
Ceramarama, ASU ceramic research center, Tempe, AZ
Archie Bray Resident Exhibition, Helena, MT
Archie Bray Scholarship Auction, Helena, MT
Invitational, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA
NCECA Exhibition, Third Street Gallery, Carnegie, PA
Bling: Invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM

2007
*in the name of tradition, Archie Bray Foundation-North Gallery, Helena, MT
Jingdezhen Ceramics Exposition, International Ceramics Museum, Jingdezhen, PRC
Archie Bray Resident Exhibition, Helena, MT
Archie Bray Scholarship Auction, Helena, MT
Invitational, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA
Featured Arist,Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT

2006
Invitational, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, WA
Archie Bray Scholarship Auction, Helena, MT
Powell Festival Auction, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

2005
Culture Crawl, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
*Solo Exhibition, Sculpture Factory, Jingdezhen, China Art, Jingdezhen, China

2004
Faculty Exhibition, Interlochen Art Gallery, Interlochen, MI
*M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY
Two Person Exhibition, Robert Turner Gallery, Alfred, NY

2003
National Whitewares Conference Exhibition, Susan Howell, Alfred, NY.
Featured Artist, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Faculty Exhibition, Interlochen Arts Gallery, Interlochen, MI
Set, Invitational, Artsite Gallery, Wellsville, NY
Tea for Two or Twenty, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

2002
Strictly Functional National Competition, Lancaster Museum of Art, East Petersburg, PA.
Archie Bray Scholarship Auction, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
Studio Show, Charles Jahn Pottery, Evanston, IL

2001
Westchester Arts Council Invitational, White Plains, NY
25 select 25 Invitational, Gallery 1021, Chicago IL
Strictly Functional National Competition, Lancaster Museum of Art, East Petersburg, PA
*Unsuspected Origins, Terra Incognito Gallery, Oak Park, IL
NCECA 2001 Clay National, Winthrop Univ., Rock Hill, SC
Porcelain 2001 National Competition, Esmay Fine Art, Rochester, NY
Benefit Auction, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
National Teapot Show Invitational, Ryan & Maclean, Helena, MT
100 Teapots, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Studio Show, Charles Jahn Pottery, Evanston, IL

2000
Craft Forms 2000 National Competition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Studio Days 2000 National Competition, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, PA
Porcelain 2000 National Competition, Esmay Fine Art, Rochester, NY
Featured Artist, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Paul Soldner Vase Invitational, Colorado Clay Project, Denver, CO
Studio Show, Charles Jahn Pottery, Evanston, IL

1999
*Solo Exhibition, Lill Street Studio, Chicago IL
National Teapot Invitational, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC
Craft Invitational, Coburn Art Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO
Ceramics 99 National, Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, CT
National Ceramic Competition, Kennedy-Douglass, Florence, AL
Ceramix, Sutton West Gallery, Missoula, MT

1998
*Bachelors of Fine Arts Exhibition, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
Resident Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2006-present
Resident Artist Director, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts Helena, Montana

2005-2006
Visiting Faculty, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

2004-2005
Visiting Artist/Lecturer, San Bao Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, JianxiProvince, PeoplesRepublic of China.

2004-2005
Resident Artist, Pottery Workshop-Shanghai, Shanghai,China

2004
Faculty-Ceramics Department Head, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI

2003-2004
Teaching Assistant, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

2003
Faculty, Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI
Instructor, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, Wheel-Throwing

2002
Teaching Assistant, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

2001-2002
Resident Artist, ClayArtCenter, Port Chester, NY
Instructor, ClayArtCenter, Port Chester, NY
Studio Manager, ClayArtCenter, Port Chester, NY

1998-2002
Studio Potter, Steve Lee Inc., Chicago, IL., New York, NY

1998-2001
Instructor, Lill Street Studio, Chicago, IL.

1998
Resident Artist, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

1998
Instructor, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS
2007
20 under 40, Helena Independent Record

2004
China International Fellowship, Jingdezhen San Bao Ceramic Institute

2002-2004
Graduate Fellowship, AlfredUniversity

2002-2005
National Graduate Scholarship, Korean American Student Fund (KASF)

2001
National Graduate Scholarship, Korean American Student Fund (KASF)
Third Place Award, Strictly Functional International Exhibition
Jurors Award, Porcelain 2001 National Exhibition
Invitational Award, Madison Art Fair

2000
First Place Award, St Louis Art Fair
Washington University Sponsorship Award, St Louis Art Fair
Award of Excellence, Oakbrook Center Invitational

1999
Second Place Award, Ceramics 99

1995-98
Deans List, AlfredUniversity

1998
Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, AlfredUniversity
Purchase Award, AlfredUniversity

1996
Functional Design Award, AlfredUniversity

1994
Deans List, University of Iowa

Red, White, and Blue Cup Panels
This piece comprises three panels, each containing 100 hand-thrown porcelain cups in a ten-by-ten grid. It was originally created for installation at the Jane Hartsook Gallery in New York, NY. The cups are decorated with motifs appropriated from various cultures — Chinese, Korean, French, Dutch, English, etc. In the creation of all 300 cups, the patterns evolved from their original source throughout the process, paralleling the organic development of the visual language of historical pattern as it evolved with ethnic influence.
The title of the piece references three genres of decoration in ceramics — blue and white, red and white, and white on white, while also isolating the representation of color i.e. red, white, and blue to associate with contemporary connotations. In addition, the proportion of the panels correlates to a large color field painting that allows the various motifs to create a single homogenous color representation.
Lee chose to use cups as a vehicle for the decoration because of their status as an archetypal form. And as one of the more intimate ceramic forms, they are relegated to be a small but integral part of the structure of the installation. To reinforce the place of the cup in the whole, the cups are not sold individually, their meaning plays a more expanded role as part of a larger whole.

Janet Koplos reviewed a recent show of Lee’s at Greenwich House Pottery in Ceramics Art and Perception. Click here to read the article.