Jocelyn Lee

Jocelyn Lee

Born: 1962 Naples Italy

Biography and Information

Jocelyn Lee creates photographs of ephemera and
figures that are reminiscent of seventeenth-century Dutch painting.
Lee uses dramatic lighting to enhance the cinematic quality of her
photographs. The stillness of each image is reflective of her slow
and meditative process, and her photographs of women and girls
are mysterious and intimate. Each portrait reveals the subject’s
vulnerability through body language and nudity.

Jocelyn Lee received her BA in philosophy and visual arts from Yale
University and her MFA in photography from Hunter College. Lee’s
work has been included in the New York Times Magazine, The New
Yorker, New York Magazine, and Harper’s Magazine. Her work is in
notable collections including the Yale Museum of Art; the Museum
Folkwang, Essen, Germany; the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas
City; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has received
several awards and grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship and
a NYFA Fellowship. Born in Naples, Italy, Lee currently lives and
works in Portland, ME.

The world enters our body via sensual portals: eyes, nose, ears,
skin, and nervous system. It is then translated by our brains into
meaning and experience. The Appearance of Things attempts to
access this tactile and optical experience and explores how we are
enmeshed in an embodied and ephemeral world. All life, including
our human form and being, passes through stages of birth,
blossoming, and death.
Each image strives to celebrate a multitude of sensual bodies:
animals, plants, and human beings. In many ways, the photographs
are cabinets of wonder, echoing a nineteenth-century natural
science fascination with the diversity of life.
—Jocelyn Lee

City University of New York at Hunter College, M.F.A.

Yale University, B.A.  Studio art and Philosophy

The Appearance of Things, Huxley-Parlour, London, England (Solo)

The Appearance of Things, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME (Solo)

Lived Space, Architecture and Humans, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA (Group)

Last Light, complete room-sized installation,

The Karachi Biennial, Karachi, Pakistan

Reconsidering Adolescence, The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

Summer Show, Pace MacGill Gallery, NY, NY

Converging to Center-Photographs from the Collection of Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, Wesleyan University

HE/SHE/THEY, Rose Gallery, L.A.

About Face – Contemporary Portraiture, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Hunting, Flatland Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Insights, The Print Space, London, England

The Kids are All Right, John Michael Kohler Arts Centre, Sheboygan, WI

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship recipient

Piecework, The PMA Biennial, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

Biennial Purchase Prize, The Portland Museum of Art

Dark Blue: Water as Protagonist, The Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI

Jocelyn Lee, Solo Show, Flatland Gallery, Paris, France

Jocelyn Lee, Nowhere but here, Pace MacGill Gallery, NY, NY

Jocelyn Lee, Last Light, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME

Jocelyn Lee, Feature Photography, The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Jocelyn Lee, Last Light, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME

Jocelyn Lee, Grounded, Pace MacGill Gallery, NY, NY (Solo)

 Jocelyn Lee, Children’s Games, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport,ME   (Solo)

Presumed Innocent, Photographs of Children, The DeCordova Museum of Art, Waltham, MA

Jocelyn Lee, Youth, (solo) The University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME

Made in the Shade, Pace MacGill Gallery, NY, NY

She Is—Perceptions of Female Identity, Stonehill College, Easton, MA

New Work: Jocelyn Lee and Sa Schloff, Zero Station, Portland, ME

Sportsman Redux, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, ME

New Aquisitions: The Global and the Local, Bates College Museum of Art Lewistion, ME

Sites Unseen, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

Standing Figure, The Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA

Maine in America, Images from the Permanent Collection, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME

Jocelyn Lee: Portraits, The Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA (Solo)

Jocelyn Lee: New Work, The University of Maine at Farmington (Solo)

“Swim Suits and Sports”, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

Undomesticated Interiors, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA.

Selctions from the Bruce Brown Collection, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

6 From Maine, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Taking Pictures, ICON Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME

Preview/Review: Recent Work by David Hilliard, Jocelyn Lee, Abelardo

Morell, Deborah Bright, Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA

5 Fictions, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA

Genetic Imprints, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Recent Acquisitions, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME

Jocelyn Lee: New Work, LFL Gallery, NY, NY (Solo)

Local Color, The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

Summer Show, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA

The Lois Foster Exhibition of Boston Area Artists, The Rose Art Museum,

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Undoing Motherhood, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME

Photographing Maine 1840-2000, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME

New Beauty–A Girl’s Story, Maine Photo Co-op, Portland, ME. (Solo)

Recent Developments, Silverstein Gallery, NY, NY

Still, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME. (Solo)

The Youngest Parents, national traveling exhibition, The Center for

Documentary Studies at Duke University, Durham, NC. (2 solo shows)

The Youngest Parents, The National Humanities Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.

4 Photographers
, Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME

Backyard, The Dead Space Gallery, Portland, ME (Solo)

The Agnes Gund Collection

The Bates Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME

The Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Durham, N.C.

The Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME

The List Center at MIT, Boston, MA

Maison Européen de la Photographie, Paris, France

The Martin Z. Margulies Collection

The Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI

The Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

The Yale Museum of Art, New Haven, CT

Purchase Prize, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, NY, NY

International Association of Arts Critics/USA, Award for Best Emerging Artist Exhibition in New England

Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

The MacDowell Colony, Residency in Peterborough, NH 

The Banff Center for the Arts, Residency in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Texas Photographic Society Production Grant, Austin, TX.

Jocelyn Lee’s Painterly Portraits of Nudes Immersed in Nature, Photo Booth feature, June 15

Jocelyn Lee – The Appearance of Things, The Eye of Photography, July

Jocelyn Lee: The Appearance of Things, fisheye, June

Transient Moments, Aesthetica Magazine, 11 April

The Unclothed Body is Our Primary Vessel” : Photographing Vulnerability, Miss Rosen, AnOther Magazine. April 20

Maine’s Mini-Mecca: Contemporary on the Coast, Greg Morell, artscope Magazine, July 5

Jocelyn Lee’s first UK solo exhibition surveys the Appearance of Things, Lucy Bourton, It’s Nice That, 19 April

Jocelyn Lee Explores the Cycle of Life in Photography Exhibition in               Rockland, Bob Keyes, Maine Today (Portland Press Herald), June 18

10 Must-See Artists at AIPAD’s Photography Show, Artsy, April 5

Photo London Top 5, Lee Sharrock, FAD Magazine, May 17

Features section, DownEast Magazine, June

The Appearance of Things: vita e more nelle foto di Jocelyn Lee, Claudia Fuggetti,, 25 July

Jocelyn Lee Captures The Appearance of Things, Rosie Flanagan, ignant,  July 23

Art Review, Dan Kany, Portland Press Herald,  July 15

The Body Now, Thames and Hudson, Edited by Nathalie Herschdorfer

Jocelyn Lee: Women are Beautiful, Photo Raw, Helsinki, Finland

Creatures, Text by Marisa Silver, The New Yorker, December 2012

Jocelyn Lee: Naakt is kwetsbaar is schoon, Text by Leslie Van Hecke, Snoeks

Fotograftaki Kadin!, Photographs by Jocelyn Lee, Genc., May 2012

Nowhere but here, Monograph, Steidl Publishing

Presumed Innocent, The DeCordova Museum.

Review of Grounded, Pace MacGill Gallery, The New Yorker, May

Review of Made in the Shade at Pace MacGill Gallery, The New Yorker, August

The Power of Paper, review of show at Bernard Toale Gallery, The Boston Phoenix, June 5

Jocelyn Lee, review of LFL Gallery Show, The New Yorker, May 7

Jocelyn Lee, review, The Village Voice, Voice Choices, May 8.

Local Color: 6 Maine Photographers show contemporary work at PMAAntiques and the Arts Weekly, February

Local Color, Maine Sunday Telegram, April 1

Artists explore transformations, real and implied, review of the exhibition at The Rose Art Museum, The Boston Globe, December

The Youngest Parents, Paperback publication, W.W. Norton and Co. and DoubleTake Books

Photographing Maine 1840-2000, catalogue and CD-ROM, Center for Maine, Contemporary Art, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine

The Youngest Parents, Review, The New York Times Literary Supplement, March

The Youngest Parents, Text by Robert Coles, Photographs by Jocelyn Lee

and John Moses. W.W. Norton and Co. and DoubleTake Books

The Today Show, interview with Robert Coles and presentation of

photographs from The Youngest Parents, July 1

The Youngest Parents, photographs by Jocelyn Lee and John Moses. Durham, North Carolina. DoubleTake magazine, Issue # 7. Pages 31-40

Review of The Youngest Parents, Publishers Weekly, February 10

Review of The Youngest Parents, The Boston Phoenix, June

Review of The Youngest Parents, “Briefly Noted,” The New Yorker,                         September

How it Goes for Some Folks, Review, The New Leader, September

Photograph from The Youngest Parents, The Wilson Journal, The

Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.

Un Siècle de Liens Amoureux Aimer, photograph from The Youngest

Parents, Editions du Chene, Paris, France

Four Photographers, review of exhibition at Icon

Contemporary Art, Art New England, Winter Issue

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