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Photo essay, “An Indelible Season: NYC, 2020”

Image Journal, Issue No. 106, a literary journal publishing my photo essay, An Indelible Season: NYC, 2020 about my experience during the COVID-19 quarantine in NYC this past spring.

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Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s solo exhibition “Growing Glo-cal”

My solo exhibition, Growing Glo-cal, opens at Womenswork.Art gallery, 4 South Clinton, Poughkeepsie, 12601.

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State of the Dysunion II

My solo exhibition “STATE OF THE DYSUNION II” at Walford Galleries, Adams Hall, Wheaton College, 501 College Avenue, Wheaton, IL, 60187. Info of the virtual documentation and artist talk will be updated soon. On view: Until October 22nd 2020

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Art & Couture” WEARABLE ART BOUTIQUE AUCTION

A charity auction for the celebration of the Suffrage Movement and 100 Years of Women’s Rights organised by The Delaware Contemporary

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Exhibition Review: Home Alone Together

‘Together’ is a word which carries unusually poignant resonances right now in the midst of a global pandemic. The fact that churches worldwide forewent assembling for celebrations of Pentecost—that day of great gathering together of God’s Spirit and the nations—serves as a case-in-point for our situation.

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WASHINGTON POST REVIEWS JOYCE YU-JEAN LEE’S SHOW “PASSAGES”

Most of the “Travelogue” photographs in Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s “Passages” were also made in Europe, but the shots feature neither open spaces nor abundant light. Exhibited in a dark, curtained room at Hamiltonian Gallery, and illuminated by pinpoint spotlights, the small glossy images focus on windows, skylights and peepholes.

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Home Alone Together Twenty Five Artists

Home Alone Together: We are told that home is where the heart is, but also that, while we can travel the world in search of what we need, we must return home in order to find it. Home has been described as the centre and circumference, the start and finish, of most of our lives. That may be particularly so at this time, in both its constraining and revelatory senses. Home can be a place of abuse which it is imperative to leave but may also be a shelter from storms and the place where our most important work is done.

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Slow Connection: TSA GVL presents REDIRECT in Asheville

In the exhibition REDIRECT, the inherent risks of our social media landscape—exposure, error, loss—are reflected through installations by seven artists who approach contemporary technology both deliberately and cautiously.

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“Search for Feminism” at VBKÖ, Vienna, Austria

Curated by Aline Lara Rezende & Julia Hartmann

VBKÖ – Vereinigung bildender Künstlerinnen Österreichs (Austrian Association of Women Artists)

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Tiger Strikes Asteroid presents “REDIRECT”

FIREWALL Pops-Up at”REDIRECT”, an exhibition organized by Tiger Strikes Asteroid Grenville at RAMP Gallery, Asheville, NC curated by Suzanne Dittenber

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Smart Bets: REDIRECT

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Tiger Strikes Asteroid, a network of artist-run spaces in several U.S. cities, aims “to collectively bring people together, expand connections and build community through artist-initiated exhibitions, projects and curatorial opportunities.” Curated by Suzanne Dittenber, the Greenville, S.C., chapter’s REDIRECT show at Revolve’s RAMP Gallery furthers that goal with work that “critically or philosophically engages with technology” and finds each artist “examining the web, social media, mobile devices or other contemporary technology with a calculated sense of intentionality or caution.”

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FIREWALL featured on BBC “The Real Story”

I was interviewed by James Coomarasamy of BBC Sounds where we discussed FIREWALL and internet censorship in China

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BBC Radio: The Real Story, James Coomarasamy, Russia’s New Internet Firewall

I was interviewed by James Coomarasamy of BBC Sounds

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Asian American Art Alliance Costume Auction

I made this couture costume out of aluminum chainmail and lenticular lenses entitled “Piscis” for the Asian American Arts Alliance 2019 fundraiser: Costume, Couture and Cocktails!

Drawing Acts: Process and Performance, a conference at SUNY New Paltz

Titled Embodying Entity Through Durational Drawing, the workshop explores drawing as a tool of observation and compassion for the experiences of others and how the duration of a drawing act changes our bodies and it’s capabilities for transcendence.

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Aquae Lumen commissioned in Alexandria, VA

My first permanent installation opened this fall 2019!

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I will speak on a couple panel discussions this fall: “Moving Visuals” exhibition and “Museums Grapple with Social and Political Changes”.

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Metropolitan Museum “Project Your Future” workshop

Play with illumination and color with artist, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, to create your own light box to share your future with the world. Free with museum admission, free for children under 12 with an adult.

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China Unscripted Podcast: #42 Hacking China’s Censorship

Dan Phiffer & I had a great conversation with the friendly folks China Unscripted about FIREWALL…

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FIREWALL pops-up at University of Michigan

I presented FIREWALL at the New Media Caucus “Border Control” symposium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor on September 21st 2019, in a panel discussion with Nadav Assor, Patricia Villalobos Echeverría and Maria del Carmen Montoya.

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China Unscripted: #42 Hacking China’s Censorship

I was interviewed by China Unscripted in #42 Hacking China’s Censorship | FIREWALL Cafe (podcast).

“State of the DysUnion” extended – March 28th

Exhibition EXTENDED: January 25 – March 28

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Hong Kong Free Press Video Interview

HKFP speaks to artist Joyce Yu-Jean Lee about her interactive art project “FIREWALL.”

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Washington’s best art gallery exhibitions of 2012

Using photographs and video, this local artist focused on windows, skylights and peepholes. Exhibited in a darkened room and illuminated by pinpoint spotlights, her small, glossy photos showed luminous details from such notable structures as Rembrandt’s house and the Great Wall of China. These were supplemented by two video-performance pieces that depicted people inside small areas of light, offering mini-narratives of entrapment and potential escape.

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“Whatchamacallit” show at Gallery CA in Baltimore

Please join me for a group show, “Whatchamacallit,” at Gallery CA curated by James Williams II

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Hong Kong Free Press covers FIREWALL!

“Two artists ask: what does it mean to live under the shadow of the Great Firewall?” by Holmes Chan in Hong Kong Free Press on January 19, 2019

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Two artists ask: what does it mean to live under the shadow of the Great Firewall?

If you look hard enough at the Great Firewall of China, beneath the policy documents and internet code and rooms filled with dim screens, you might find an unexpected participant: yourself.

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“State of the DysUnion” at NJCU opens Jan 25!

In the Trump era of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” I probe the dissonance of the media landscape via animated video installations that question assumptions around individual agency and diverse truths.

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“NOT FOUND” show – Green Wave Art, Hong Kong

“NOT FOUND” exhibition in Hong Kong with artist, Ying Ting; curated by Iago

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Alight In The Dark – Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s ‘State of the DysUnion’ Extended At NJCU Through Mar. 28

Lee’s Work Explores Media’s Impact and The Search for Hope in a Dystopian Culture

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Data Justice: Joyce Yu-Jean Lee on “The Great Firewall”

WOOC correspondent Dan Phiffer spoke to artist Joyce Yu-Jean Lee about Internet Censorship in China as part of his ongoing Data Justice series.

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Professor creates political commentary through art

Multimedia artist Joyce Yu-Jean Lee presented footage of her art installations, which exemplify how visual culture shapes notions of truth and the “other” on Friday, Feb. 16 in Kendall Hall as part of the College’s Brown Bag series.

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The Monocle Daily radio

US president Donald Trump’s warning to North Korea, how to take care of an oil fund worth of $1trn, plus a round-up of Wednesday’s Asian newspapers.

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A Group Exhibition at Gallery CA Explores America’s Uneasy Melting Pot

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BALTIMORE CITY PAPER: Group show at Gallery CA explores the many facets of identity

I put on the headphones that are part of Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s ‘Red vs. Blue Polarity,’ in the group show “Whatchamacallit” at Gallery CA, and a noisy barrage of cameras clicking and flashes flying is the only audio accompanying a video of Donald Trump at a press conference

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FIREWALL pops up in Austria!

FIREWALL Internet Cafe has popped up in St. Polten, Austria!

“Searching for… Serendipity,” a group exhibition curated by Julia Hartmann and Magdelena Stoger

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“Verti-Call” solo exhibition in Grand Rapids!

Please join me for my “Verti-Call” exhibition Artist Talk and reception, Oct 6th, 6p

On view: Sept 6 – Oct 15th, 2016 at Center Art Gallery, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI 

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Joyce Yu-Jean Lee presents “Verti Call” to art gallery

“Hoof prints? Wait, maybe coffee beans?” We trade guesses as we examine the shape repeated across the long piece of brown paper. It’s simple — an outline made by a few contour lines — but duplicated 84 times in 7 different colors.

2016 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Engagement Recipient!

I am grateful to recieve a Creative Engagement grant from LMCC for FIREWALL! Thankful for the generous support of NYC!

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FIREWALL Press

THANK YOU for your support of FIREWALL! See project website for complete list of press coverage.

Daily Voice: “China’s Great Firewall”

By Alex Jensen
(live radio), 7:30a Morning News, South Korea

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When Chinese state censorship reached the L.E.S.

Manhattan-based artist Joyce Yu-Jean Lee never guessed she was in for a bit of international intrigue and even global headlines when she launched a show and accompanying discussion panels in February at a couple of alternative venues on the Lower East Side.

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專訪李玉瑾:華裔藝術家為什麼要在紐約開防火牆網吧

在智能手機和家用電腦遍佈大街小巷的時代裏,網吧似乎並不是什麼明智的商業決策。它開在中國城附近,隱匿在一大片畫廊之中。毫不起眼的玻璃門前擺着一塊小黑板,上書:防火牆網吧」(Firewall Cafe),免費使用。

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紐約華埠這家只開放一個月的網吧展覽,叫做「防火牆」。一走進防火牆網吧(FIREWALL Internet Cafe NYC),除了電腦,會看到一條豎立在正中央的紅線,它其實是用來對比美國的谷歌搜索和中國的百度搜索體驗。這家網吧的每臺電腦,都把谷歌和百度一左一右的並排在畫面上,讓民眾可以清楚看到兩種搜尋結果的差異。

China’s Overseas Critics Under Pressure

Over the past year, a number of individuals have been subjected to similar campaigns, including cartoonists Rebel Pepper and Badiucao. This week in New York, a Chinese feminist activist who was participating in a round table discussion of online activism withdrew after receiving threats from China. Simon Denyer reports for The Washington Post.

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How a New York art show about Chinese online censorship found itself censored

It was supposed to be an art exhibition exploring China’s censorship of the Internet. It became an example of how that censorship can reach all the way around the world, even onto Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

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網路長城有多威?台裔女孩開網咖讓老美體驗 中國審查言論的「網路長城」防火牆威力無窮,但除了中國網友之外,其他國家的人很少有機會親身體驗。美國台裔裝置藝術家李玉瑾最近就開了一家特別的網咖,店內每個座位分別有兩台電腦,其一使用Google搜尋引擎,另一部則是使用中國最大的搜尋引擎「百度」,邀請參觀民眾來體驗看看,同樣的議題在「有牆」和「無牆」的狀況下,會搜出什麼樣的結果來。

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Surf China’s Censored Web at an Internet Cafe in New York

Established by video and installation artist Joyce Yu-Jean Lee in collaboration with technologist Dan Phiffer, the exhibition FIREWALL Internet Cafe NYC at Chinatown Soup enables visitors to navigate the internet as users in China do, filtered through the Great Firewall

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Exercycles and Sweethearts: Firewall Internet Café

Firewall Internet Café is a fascinating pop-up exhibition that allows visitors to simultaneously search images on Google and the Chinese search engine, Baidu.

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How an Art Exhibition in New York Led to Harassment from Chinese Authorities

This story has all the elements of a 1990s cyberpunk thriller: hackers, foreign government agents, and multinational corporations.

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Asian Women Giving Circle GRANT!

I am excited to be awarded an Artist grant for FIREWALL from the Asian Women Giving Circle! 

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Creative Capital’s “On Our Radar” + Anti-Utopias!

I am honored to be selected for Creative Capital’s “On Our Radar,” featuring noteworthy artist projects!

Sabin Bor’s “Anti-Utopias” blog published a series of editorials about “TechNoBody,” a group exhibition curated by Patricia Miranda including my work.

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Virtually Real. Conversations on TechNoBody – Part II

This interview is a continuation of the discussion with curator Patricia Miranda and artists Claudia Hart, Carla Gannis, Victoria Vesna, Laura Splan, Cynthia Lin, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, and Christopher Baker around the TechNoBody exhibition

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Virtually Real. Conversations On TechNoBody – Part I

On January 23, 2015, TechNoBody opened at Pelham Art Center in New York, a group exhibition exploring “the mediated world’s impact on and relationship to the physical body in an increasingly virtual world.”

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“Still Light Stills” solo show at Creative Paradox in Annapolis, MD

“TechNoBody,” a group show curated by Patricia Miranda at Pelham Art Center in Pelham, NY

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From the Roster: Joyce Yu-Jean Lee

Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s work is full of surprises. It is both sublime, and mesmerizing. Were her work static it would constitute a focal point, a centerpiece, yet her moving and changing images beckon the viewer, imploring them to stay, to reflect, to think.

Fall Solos: Meet The Artists Pt. 1

Fall Solos: Meet The Artists Pt. 1 Download PDF FALL SOLOS: MEET THE ARTISTS PT. 1 While AAC’s galleries are closed for install, please enjoy this first in a series of blog posts designed to introduce you to our Fall SOLOS artists and familiarize you with their unique ways of thinking and diverse artistic practices.…

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Arlington Arts Center Fall SOLO!

I will be debuting new work from my On the Brink series in the Fall SOLOS at Arlington Arts Center from October 18th through December 20th.

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STEAM featured in NY Times!

Please check out the New York Times review by Susan Hodara, “Putting the A in STEAM” of the ArtsWestchester exhibition in which I am included… happy and humbled to be in such great company!

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Putting the A in STEAM

An arrangement of test tubes containing color-coded genetic material; a wearable garden that purifies the air; an installation inspired by the periodic table — these artworks all incorporate components of STEM, an educational curriculum that is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They are currently among more than 40 pieces on view in “Steam,” a new exhibition at ArtsWestchester’s Arts Exchange.

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“On the Brink” at School 33!

“On the Brink” exhibition atSchool 33 Member’s Gallery

1427 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230

June 13 to August 21st, 2014

Spring`14 shows!

Please join me this Spring for the openings of 2 shows:

STEAM @ ArtsWestchester White Plains, NY

On the Brink @ School 33Baltimore, MD

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“kōˈôrdənəts” Solo & Franklin Furnace Fund!

Please join me for the opening of kōˈôrdənəts: N51:27:3 E7:0:47 to N31:12:27 E121:30:19 at the All Things Project @ NCGV in Greenwich Village, NYC

Summer Reading & Writing!

NPR All Tech Considered ran a fun story about the HacDC workshops I have been attending this summer.

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Tiny Tech Puts Satellites In Hands Of Homebrew Designers

Two satellites set for launch Sunday will soon be in the hands of ordinary people because they run on a tiny microchip that anyone can program.

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Projecting: An Interview with Joyce Yu-Jean Lee by Justine Kablack

Joyce Yu-Jean Lee is a recent MFA graduate from MICA. She currently lives and works around Baltimore, both showing locally and teaching adjunct graduate classes at MICA.

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“Ephemeral Arena” during Artscape at Gallery Four

Gallery Four presents the group exhibition Ephemeral Arena during Artscape 2013. The opening reception will commence after the announcement of the winner of the 2013 Sondheim Prize at the Walters Museum.

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“Mixtopias” Reviewed!

So happy to be in good company in MIXTOPIAS at VisArts, Rockville and collaborate with Bertrand Mao. I’m honored to be reviewed together in both The Washington Post by Mark Jenkins and the chinese World Journal by Yu Mao Fen!

Iconic Gordon Parks photos show shades of gray in American race relations

Many of the show’s diverse impulses come together in Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s three pieces, which combine painting and video.

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World Journal, Mao-Fen Yu, 李玉瑾用光影呈現藝術

State Metro, April 27, 2013

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“Mixtopias” at VisArts + MAP “Out of Order”!

Come out to Rockville for some great art and Chinese food! I am showing collaborative animations made with Chinese calligrapher and painter, Bertrand Mao!

MSAC 2013 Individual Artist Award!

Thank you Maryland State Arts Council for awarding me a $3,000 Individual Artist Award in the category of Media/Digital/Electronic Arts!

“Smörgåsbord” juried by Paddy Johnson

Gallery CA, City Arts Building 440 E Oliver Street, Baltimore, MDDec 31, 2012 – Feb 1, 2013 Reception: Friday, Jan 18th, 5 – 8p 

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Best of 2012 in Washington Post!

I am happy and flattered to be included among the Top 10 Best Art Gallery Shows in D.C. in the Washington Post by Mark Jenkins, who reviewed about 200 shows this year, and saw many more!

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Silber Gallery Artist: Joyce Yu-Jean Lee

If you have been in the Ath lately, you may have stopped by the new show at the Silber Gallery. The exhibition, Perspectives: a Look through Cultural Lenses, is a video installation project using mixed media to explore the effect of Western and Eastern art history and culture on the artist Joyce Yu-Jean Lee.

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“Perspectives” solo show at Goucher College

“Perspectives: a Look through Cultural Lenses”, Silber Gallery, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD.

October 30 – December 2, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, November 9th, 6-9p

Thoughts and Reactions to Washington DC’s (e)merge Art Fair 2012

The painter David Reed has a body of work he discusses as “bedroom paintings.” At (e)merge Art Fair, housed in the Capital Skyline Hotel, every painting is a “hotel room painting” or a “bathroom sculpture,” and each space is loaded with cognitive dissonance.

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(e)merge: Performance Art

In performative installation Made in China, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee operated a cart from which she sold small red and gold packages for five dollars, manufactured in the United States and branded with an image combining a star from the American flag and the Apple logo.

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“Made in China.” at (e)merge Reviewed!

Thanks for your generous support of my first performance-based video installation, or “installation art activated by the Artist’s Presence” …a phrase coined by Adam Budak, curator of Contemporary Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, during the “Performance Art: IMPACT” panel discussion at (e)merge art fair.

A gallery of (e)merging artists

Art comes in many shapes and sizes at the the 2012 (e)merge art fair.

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(e)merge Takes Over The Capitol Skyline Hotel

The Capitol Skyline Hotel will look different over the next three days. The (e)merge art fair has brought in 152 artists and 80 galleries to set up installations, paintings, sculpture and site-specific works that transform the hotel in an art gallery for up-and-coming artists.

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(e)merge Art Fair!

I am excited to participate as an Independent Artist in (e)merge Art Fair, Thurs, Oct 4 – Sun, Oct 7 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, D.C. Please come out to see my new installation and performance project!

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Fellows Converge: Obstructions

My 2-year Hamiltonian Fellowship culminated with this collaborative group exhibition curated by Tim Doud, Co-chair of the Art Department at American University. The So Fellowship has provided me opportunities to mount solo exhibitions, a solo booth at Scope NYC 2011, and plug into the D.C. art scene. I feel privileged to be selected for this, and am grateful for Paul So’s vision for and support of the arts!

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review: “Passages II” in The Sentinel

Chinese-American Artist Uses Video to Examine Identity by Wanda Jackson

Montpelier Arts Center

9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD 20708
April 10 – May 27, 2012

New exhibits at Montpelier Arts Center

Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, who holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she currently works and teaches, presents her mixed-media work in “Passages II,” one of three new exhibits at Montpelier Arts Center that will be on view through May.

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review: “Passages” in the Washington Post!

Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s ‘Passages’ at Hamiltonian Gallery by Mark Jenkins on 3.2.12, page C9

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Review of “Passages” exhibition at Hamiltonian Gallery

by Joshua Wade Smith on 3.2.12

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“Passages” exhibition

Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U Street NW, Washington D.C. 20009
Feb 11 – Mar 10, 2012

Reception: Saturday, Feb 11th, 7 – 9p
Artist Talk: Wednesday, Feb 22nd @ 7p

New Subsidized Studio!

I am so grateful to receive the C. Sylvia and Eddie C. Brown studio at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower!

A fully funded studio in the historic clock tower, I will participate in monthly open studios, sponsored by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts. Come by to see my new digs on Saturday, Jan 7th from 1-5p

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Auctioning “At Last” prints

Bid on my work to support the Goldwell Open Air Museum Albert’s Tarantella IV by October 1st!

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Review: Goldwell Open Air Museum residency

Pahrump Valley Times: Artist showcases talents, shares experience with area students

AIR Projects: Beijing, China

I will be in Beijing working for AIR Projects from July 1 – Aug 5, 2011 as the Residency Coordinator. I am excited to work directly with the program director, curator, James Elaine.

Our inaugural group of residents is comprised of a dozen artists from all around the U.S. Please check out our new residency in China and consider applying for the next summer residency!

Fellows Converge: Broadly Thinking

Group exhibition at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington D.C. curated by Zoe Charlton

June 25 to Aug 5, Reception: Sat, June 25, 7 – 9p

review: “At Last” in /One/

by Joshua Korenblat on 6.2.11

At Last
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At Last

Even though Joyce Lee paints with Renaissance masters in mind and exhibits her work in art galleries, she transcends chilly white walls with cinematic presentations that she calls “projection paintings.”

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Henry Walters Traveling Grant

April 4 – June 13, 2011London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Milan and Venicetravelogue to come, so stay tuned!

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Review: SCOPE NYC

Escaping Artist: The Subtle Highlights by Alissa Guzman on 3.21.11

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3 reviews | 2 shows: New Now & Academy 2010 in DC

cablegram: Dispatches #17 | New Now: Introducing the 2010 Hamiltonian Fellows by N. Elizabeth Schlatter on 8.30.10

Washington City Paper: New Now @ Hamiltonian Gallery by John Anderson on 7.30.10

DCist: ACADEMY 2010 @ Conner Contemporary Art by Matthew Smith on 7.15.10

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“New Now” at Hamiltonian Gallery

Hamiltonian’s “New Now” exhibition introduces its five newest fellows, who collectively could be described as muted and cerebral with a hint of design. Joyce Lee appropriates light and structure from Old Master paintings in her pastel drawings, which she uses as backdrops for her videos—by forcing viewers to stare longer at the works than they otherwise would, she transforms self-reflection into aimlessness.

UD’s Blue Sky Project finds fertile field of art energy

There has been a most unusual invasion taking over our city. The “terrorists” are idealistic and beautiful young persons. If the White House had been alerted about this incursion, General Petraeus would not be sent from his new post in Afghanistan to rescue Daytonians from this overdose of optimistic creativity.

Review: Blue Sky Project residency

review: Blue Sky Project residency The Oakwood Register: UD’s Blue Sky Project finds fertile field of art energy by Burt Saidel on 7.20.10 >> download Oakwood Register PDF

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Academy 2010 @ Conner Contemporary Art

Conner Contemporary Art co-founders Jamie Smith and Leigh Conner believe in the viability of emerging artists from the D.C. area, as displayed in Academy, their yearly survey of MFA/BFA standouts from the D.C.-Baltimore area

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