Interdisciplinary Artist
Based in Brooklyn, New York.
kacielees@gmail.com
Work


'18-'21 - Faculty in Art & Technology Studies - The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL.
                Neon Techniques
                Neon Seminar
'21 - Neon Primer: A Handbook on Light Construction
                A 200-page, coil-bound educational text illuminating the hidden nature of light via the craft of
                neon bending. Saturated with golden footnotes sourced from exhibition catalogs, pivotal light art works,  
                films, etymology, and classic cultural influences such as “Schoolhouse Rock!”, this 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.  
'16-'21 - Workshops
                The Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, CA.
                Western Neon School of Art in Seattle, WA.
                Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY.
'18-'20 - Executive Director - Rare Air Exhibition Space & Studio Program on Governors Island in New York, NY.
                The Season I Catalog: Neon (2018) 192 pages.
                The Season II Catalog: Green Screen (2019) 136 pages.
                              

Bio
’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.

Residencies & Visiting Artist
'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.
'17 - Artist in Residence - Light Artist Residency at The Center for Holographic Arts in New York, NY. Glitter Smash Recordings.

Solo Exhibitions
'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 Exhibitions
'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
'19 - Review: Autre Love, "Kacie Lees presents Necessary Phenomenon @ O' Project Space in Los Angeles," by Lani Trock April 4, 2019. 
'18 - Interview: Mondo Neon Podcast, Episode 16.
'18 - Publication: PLASMA 4: Interplanetary Art & Science Magazine, Diana Wehmeier, . 22 x 28 cm, 196 Pages, English / Russian, Presentbooks 2018 ISSN: 2512-5591
'17 - Review: Westword Article. "Grand Opening, a DIY Living-Room Gallery, Hosts The Fridge Show Saturday" by Lila Thulin. 
'17 - Review: Vice Creators Article. "Neon Sculptures Illuminate Animals on the Verge of Extinction" by Beatrice Barkholz.
'15 - Publication: Reader's Digest, Lead image for "Good Cops, Bad Cops," September 2015, Pages 20-21.