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Jimin Lee

Jimin Lee

Jimin Lee is a Korean-born, California-based artist. Her work explores themes of movement of the body and objects in space referring to migration, globalization, and transportation. In recent years she investigated and developed a new option and possibility in print media by adopting emerging print strategies in an expanded art context.

Lee has shown in over 200 exhibitions nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Anchor Graphics in Chicago; Hanmi Gallery in Seoul; Shirota Gallery in Tokyo; Megalo Gallery in Canberra; Open Studio Gallery in Toronto; Galerie Alain Piroir in Montreal; Guanlan Original Printmaking Base in Shenzhen and Chengdu Art Museum in Chengdu; Seven Star Gallery in Berlin, among others.

She graduated from Seoul National University with a BFA in painting and an MFA in printmaking. As a recipient of a Japanese governmental scholarship, she studied printmaking at Tokyo University of the Arts. She also holds a second MFA in printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute.

Since 1995 Lee has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area and she is a professor of art and heads the print media program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA as well as the Contemporary Print Media Research Center.

A Message to Students and Parents

It has been a great pleasure to take groups of young students to Tokyo the last two summers. Now I am very thrilled to be leading my new program, “Tradition and Innovation – Relief Printmaking in Korea," this coming summer. I believe there’s a huge difference between getting up close and looking at a work of art as opposed to looking at a reproduction in a book. As an artist, each of my past residency projects in other countries has made a huge impact on my artwork because it was a real-time learning experience with local artists and artisans. Students in the Korean program will explore the country's artistic culture and methods in depth, from the world’s oldest printed text to the latest “cutting edge” printing technology. They will be exposed to and immersed into Korean culture, both traditional and contemporary. Through diverse class activities, they will interact with local people. Meeting the art and culture of Korea in person is an experience you will never forget!

- Professor Jimin Lee