Hyunmee Lee was born in Seoul, Korea, where she grew up practicing Western Modern art and gained experience in Eastern painting and calligraphy. Her art practice crosses three continents over two decades.
Master of Arts in Visual Arts (MFA), the University of Sydney, Sydney
Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts (MA), the University of Sydney, Sydney
Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting, Hongik University, Seoul
1985. Lee graduated Hong-Ik University majoring in painting. At the end of that year, she moved to Australia. She stayed there for six years and achieved two post graduate degrees.
1989. She exhibited in her first commercial gallery, Bonython-Meodemore Gallery, Sydney. At the same time, her work was exposed through a contemporary art book (Art Four).
1991. Hyunmee Lee earned a Master of Arts in Visual Arts (MFA) at the Sydney College of Arts, University of Sydney and returned to Korea. She lived in Korea for seven years. There she taught in Hong-Ik University as a lecturer and exhibited in solo shows in major art galleries and art fairs in Seoul.
1997. Lee came to Utah, U.S.A. where she continuously taught in universities and built up her art career.
2001. She became a faculty member of Utah Valley University.
2002. Lee had her first solo show in America, called Mountain Armatures, at the Woodbury Art Museum in Orem, Utah.
2006. She showed her large scale work in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in SLC Utah. Titled “Intimacy Without Restraint”.
2009. After achieving tenure 2008, she retired from teaching and fully concentrated on her art.
2012. Lee travels extensively through Asia to India, Thailand, and Korea to gather inspiration. Afterwards, she published book “Native Mumbling” printed in Misulsege, Korea.
2015. Lee receives the Fellowship for Visual Arts Excellence from the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. Her experimental work in ceramics was shown to the public for the first time.
2018 Epochal Dimension, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe
2017 Intonation of Oneness, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe
2016 Monochromatic Explorations, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe
2016 Abstract Alchemy II, Weber Public Libraries, Roy
2015 Markedly Minimal, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City
2015 Abstract Alchemy, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, New York City
2014 Still Winds, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe
2013 Beautiful Disaster, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe
2012 Silent Gesture, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville
2011 Native Mumbling: Sori Sori, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City
2011 Native Mumbling: da da ga ga, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe
2011 Native Mumbling: Ma Ba Sa, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, New York City
2010 Native Mumbling: Ga Na Da Ra, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City
2009 Inland Crossing, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe
2009 Dimensional Poetics, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City
2008 Meditative Gesture, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta
2008 Contact-Sensation: The Harmony of Opposites, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe
2008 Touch: Meditation Joins Gesture, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City
2007 Foreordained Gesture, Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe
2006 Intimacy without Restraint, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City
2006 Outside Sight, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City
2005 When Gesture Finds Its Power, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan
2002 Mountain Armatures, Woodbury Gallery, Orem
2001 Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, 2001
1997 Seeing Through the Self, Moin Gallery, Seoul
1997 Seoul Art Fair by Moin Gallery, Seoul Arts Centers, Seoul
1996 Seoul Art Fair by Moin Gallery, Seoul Arts Centers, Seoul
1995 Unconsciousness & Gesture, Gallery Ihn, Seoul
1993 Objecthood-Intrinsic Space, Gallery Kangnam, Seoul
1992 The Spontaneity of Space Through the Silence, Gallery Icon, Seoul
1991 A Formative Art World of the Space-Phase, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul
1991 The Dissolution of the Self, Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney
1990 First Face, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 Church vs State: Contemporary Collection Praxis, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Street Gallery, Salt Lake City
2015 Winter group Show 2015: Art Basel Showcase, Etra Find Art, Miami
2014 Less, Trudy Labell Fine Art, Naples
2013 The Big Show, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City
2011 Undertone, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, New York City
2011 Art Hamptons by Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, Sayre Park, Bridgehamton
2010 10th Annual Red Show, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary Art, New York City
2010 Not Just Another Pretty Face, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City
2010 AAF NYC by Julie Nester Gallery, New York City
2010 San Francisco Fine Art Fair by Julie Nester Gallery, New York City
2009 Not Just Another Pretty Face, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City
2009 Of Silence and Shadow: Two Views, Pleasant Valley Library, Ogden (Two-person)
2008 Genesis, Sego Art Center, Provo
2007 Love, Loss, and Lodging, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta
2007 AAF NYC by Julie Nester Gallery, New York City
2005 90 Days of Improvisation, Allene Lapides Gallery, Santa Fe (Two-person)
2004 Making Earth & Portraits, Losee Center Library Art Gallery, Orem (Two-person)
2002 East & West, Losee Center Library Art Gallery, UVSC, Orem (Two-person)
1999 Art Discourse, Utah Pride Center, Salt Lake City
1996 MANIF Seoul ’96-Flowers Younger!, Seoul Art Center, Seoul
1996 New Genius of Fine Arts, Sun-Kok Art Museum, Seoul
1996 ’96 The Korean Young Artist, Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seoul
1995 New Aspect Exhibition, Kong Pyong Art Centers, Seoul
1994 Asian Modern Art Exhibition, Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
1994 New Prospect 1994, The Moran Open Art Museum, Namyangju City
1991 The 10th Korea Grand Exhibition, National Museum of Modern Art, Kwachon
1990 Discovered, Bonython-Meodemore Gallery, Adelide
1989 Six Women Artists, Bonython-Meodemore Gallery, Sydney
1989 Inaugural Exhibition, Bonython-Meodemore Gallery, Sydney