Steven Young Lee
Steven Young Lee is a contemporary artist working in ceramics and mixed media. He is currently the Resident Artist Director of the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. He received his MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004.
Steve has lectured and taught extensively in North America and Asia and in 2004-5 lived and worked in China while on a cultural and educational exchange. In 2005-6 he was a visiting professor at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. In March 2013 he lectured and participated on a panel, “Americans in the Porcelain City,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Also in 2013, he was invited to participate in “New Blue and White,” an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston that featured contemporary artists working in the blue-and-white tradition of ceramic production.
Steve has exhibited work at the Duane Reed Gallery (St. Louis), Ferrin Contemporary (Massachusetts), Foster White Gallery (Seattle), Stremmel Gallery (Reno) and the Archie Bray Foundation (Helena) among others. He has had six solo exhibitions including “Steven Young Lee: Red, Blue and White,” at the Jane Hartsook Gallery in New York. His work has been collected by several museums including the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum and appears in many private collections. He has juried or curated many exhibitions throughout the country and each year since 2007 he has juried the Archie Bray residency program.
Through my work, I enjoy challenging preconceptions of identity and systems of belief leaving the viewer to construct the context and/or narrative of the object based on their own perspective and experience. This includes questioning the role that intent and context play in determining the value of an object.