Jaewook Lee is an artist, writer, amateur scientist, semi-philosopher, and sometime curator. Lee is the founder and director of Mindful Joint (mindfuljoint.com), an annual symposium that focuses on non-hierarchical knowledge sharing in contemporary art.
Lee is the recipient of awards such as the 4th SINAP (Sindoh Artist Support Program) and the SeMA Emerging Artists and Curators Supporting Program by the Seoul Museum of Art. Lee has participated in exhibitions, talks, performances, and screenings at such venues as Museo de Antofagasta in Chile (2020), Hong-Gah Museum in Taiwan (2018), Art Sonje Center in Seoul (2017), the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2017), the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju (2016), MEINBLAU Projektraum in Berlin (2016), NURTUREart in New York (2014), the Museo Juan Manuel Blanes in Montevideo (2014), MANIFESTA 9 parallel event in Hasselt (2012), and the Chelsea Art Museum in New York (2011), among others. Sculpture Magazine featured the oeuvre of Lee’s work in May 2017. Lee’s work is in the permanent collections of several institutions, including the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in Ansan, South Korea, and the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman, Jordan.
Lee received MFAs from Carnegie Mellon University and the School of Visual Arts. Lee previously taught at the University of Chicago, the School of Visual Arts (SVA), and SUNY Old Westbury. Lee is an assistant professor of New Media Art at Northern Arizona University.
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