Interdisciplinary Artist
Brooklyn, NY
kacielees@gmail.com
’86 - Born in St. Louis, MO.
'08 - BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL.
'12 - MFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY.
Work


'18-'21 - Faculty in Art & Technology Studies - The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL.
'18-'19 - Executive Director - Rare Air Exhibition Space & Studio Program on Governors Island in New York, NY.


Residencies & Visiting Artist
'21 - Artist in Residence - SÍMS in Reykjavik, IS.
'21 - Artist in Residence - AGA LAB in Amsterdam, NL. 
'21 - Out of the Fire Artist Talk at The Museum of Neon Art in Los Angles, CA.
'21 - Project Artist Talk with Creative Neighbors in Los Angeles, CA.
'20 - Artist in Residence - Studio Kura in Fukuoka, JP. Calendar with Ma. Itoshima MP3 Tones.
'19 - Visiting Artist - Western Neon School of Art in Seattle, WA. Fissure X.
'19 - OSU Pulse Laser Holography Program - Ohio State University Department of Art & Department of Physics in Columbus, OH.
'19 - Artist in Residence - O' Project Space in Los Angeles, CA.
'21 - Process Artist Talk with Creative Neighbors in Los Angeles, CA.
'17 - Artist in Residence - Light Artist Residency at The Center for Holographic Arts in New York, NY. Glitter Smash Recordings.

Artist Books
'21 - Neon Primer: A Handbook on Light Construction
Saturated with golden footnotes sourced from exhibition catalogs, pivotal light art works, films, etymology, and classic cultural influences such as “Schoolhouse Rock!”, this neon handbook has a high 90s aesthetic, chunky black and fluorescent exploded-view graphics, tear-out bending patterns, posters, and material guides that bring the text into the 3D space of the studio. Screen printed & spiral bound, 200 pages.
'19 - The Season II: Green Screen Catalog. Perfect bound, 136 pages.
'18 - The Season I: Neon Catalog. Perfect bound, 192 pages.

Solo Exhibitions
'21 - Western Pole in Chicago, IL
'20 - Chromatic Aberrations at Studio Kura in Fukuoka, JP.
'20 - Video Log at Pluto Projects in Los Angeles, CA.
'19 - Necessary Phenomenon at O'Project Space in Los Angeles, CA. 
'18 - Hollow Boom at Rare Air Exhibition Space & Studio Program on Governors Island in New York, NY.
'16 - The Splits at Budin in Brooklyn, NY.

Selected Group Exhibitions
'21 - Bright Line at The Latent Space in Chicago, IL.
'21 - Worldview: Anthropology of Eco-Vision at Fondazione Palmieri, Renaissance church of Saint Sebastian in Lecce, Italy.
'20 - Art Woman Geo-Graphies at Fondazione Palmieri, Renaissance church of Saint Sebastian in Lecce, Italy.
'20 - She Bends at The Loveland Museum in Denver, CO.
'19 - Control Room at Other Places Art Fair in Los Angeles, CA.
'19 - Borders with Haptic Lab in Brooklyn, NY.
'19 - She Bends at Var West Gallery in Milwaukee, WI.
'18 - Origins at O' Project Space in Los Angeles, CA.
'18 - She Bends at the Midway Gallery in San Francisco, CA.
'18 - Artist Photonics at The Center for the Holographic Arts in New York, NY. 
'17 - Lumens at the Glass Arts Society in Norfolk, VA.
'17 - Figment NYC on Governors Island in New York, NY. 
'17 - Last Chance at Glass House Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
'17 - The Fridge Show at Grand Opening Gallery in Denver, CO.
'17 - She Bends at the Museum of Neon Art in Los Angeles, CA.  
'16 - Youme Haus Web Platform.
'14 - Do Not Go Gentle at Youme Haus in Brooklyn, NY.
'14 - Double Take at Youme Haus in Brooklyn, NY.
'08​ - Feminist Ecology: Women and the Earth at Koehnline Museum of Art in Des Plaines, IL.
'08​ - What Makes Sense at Cranky Yellow in St. Louis, MO.
'08​ - And Milk Comes Frozen Home at Revolving Door Gallery in Chicago, IL.
'08​ - Again and Again at Open End Gallery in Chicago, IL.
 
Reviews, Interviews, Publications
'20 - Ventex Technology, 'We Love Neon, Volume 2'
'19 - Autre Love, 'Kacie Lees presents Necessary Phenomenon @ O' Project Space in Los Angeles,' by Lani Trock.
'19 - Juxtapoz Art & Culture, "She Bends: Women In Neon" Heads To Milwaukee's Var West Gallery
'18 - Mondo Neon Podcast, 'Spontaneity & Inspiration: Interview with Neon Artist Kacie Lees" with Max @ Mondo.
'18 - PLASMA 4: Interplanetary Art & Science Magazine, Diana Wehmeier, . 22 x 28 cm, 196 Pages, English / Russian, Presentbooks 2018 ISSN: 2512-5591
'18 - Juxtapoz Art & Culture, "She Bends: Women in Neon" Comes to San Francisco!
'17 - Maker Crush, "Introducing Kacie Lees: 'Fire Lust is Real'" by Meryl Pataky.
'17 - Vice Creators, 'Neon Sculptures Illuminate Animals on the Verge of Extinction' by Beatrice Barkholz.
'17 - Juxtapoz Art & Culture, "She Bends: Female Artists Working in Neon'
'17 - Westword, 'Grand Opening, a DIY Living-Room Gallery, Hosts The Fridge Show Saturday' by Lila Thulin. 
'15 - Reader's Digest, lead image for 'Good Cops, Bad Cops,' September 2015, Pages 20-21.