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Bio

Eun Mi Lee is a Korean-Canadian ceramic artist based in Richmond, Virginia. Lee received her BFA in Craft Design from Suwon University in 2005 and her MFA in Ceramics at Hongik University in 2009. Further to her studies, she was an Artist-in-Residence at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada from 2011 to 2014.

Lee's artwork expresses the beauty and complexity of the interconnection of a microcosm and the collective it represents, exploring how we are shaped and transformed through interactions with everything that exists.

She hopes to inspire her audience to embrace diversity and recognize the interconnectedness of all things. Lee has received numerous grants and awards, and her work has been showcased in various media including television, magazines, and online articles. She has been recognized by the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Crafts Council, and the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, receiving multiple grants and awards for her contributions to the arts.

Artist Statement

My work explores the interaction and interconnection between a microcosm and all of its surroundings. Within the small world, I discover the hidden beauty and complexity, where individual forms and textures interact and evolve, mirroring the world in which we live. We each have our roles and values, coexisting harmoniously as unique beings. Just as small pieces come together to form a larger shape, our individual efforts and values converge to shape our present society. A result of the interplay between materials inspired by the microcosm and the power of imagination, my work gives birth to new forms to capture the essence of time and experience through the interaction with clay, tools, and natural elements.  Respecting individual and collective identity, a thought provoking visual is presented as a reminder of the importance of harmonious coexistence as distinct beings and interdependence of each personal journey aiming to create a more enriched society.

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Education

2006 – 2009      M.F.A. in Ceramics, HongIk University, Seoul, South Korea

2000 – 2005      B.F.A. in Craft Design (Ceramics), Suwon University, Suwon, South Korea

Professional Experiences

2011 – 2014      Artist in Residency at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2009                  Hongik University Ceramic Art Research Institute, Hongik University Ceramic Art Research Institute, Seoul, South Korea

Juror

2017                  Craft Projects – Connections and Craft ProjectsOntario Art Council Creation and Development programs

Awards/ Grants/ Scholarships

2015                  2015 Toronto Outdoor Exhibition - Honourable Mention Ceramics, Turker's Pottery Supplies Inc., Canada

                           Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Art Council, Canada

                           Craft Projects: Creation and Development Grant, Ontario Art Council, Canada

                           Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Art Council, Canada

2014                  Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Art Council, Canada

                           Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee Emerging Professional Award, Craft Ontario, Canada

                           Herman Miller Jurors Award, Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2014, Canada

2013                  Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Art Council, Canada
 

                           Ontario Crafts Council Scholarship, Craft Ontario, Canada

 

                           Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Art Council, Canada

                           Craft Projects:Creation and Development Grant, Ontario Art Council, Canada

2012                  Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Art Council, Canada

                           Access and Career Development Grant, Ontario Art Council, Canada

2009                  Cheongju International Craft Competition ‘Out of the Box' - Honorable Mention, Cheongju Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea

2007                  Personal work added to permanent collection, Cube Art Museum, Beijing, China

2006                  The 3rd Modern Ceramic Art Award of Korea - Honorable Mention, Incheon Seogu Culture Centre, Incheon, South Korea

2002                  Beautiful Hwasung Contest - Honorable Mention, Suwon University, Suwon, South Korea

                           Hwasung Si Cultural Craft Design Contest - Honorable Mention, Suwon University, Suwon, South Korea

                           The 8th Haengju Art Contest – Special Award, Korean Fine Arts Association, Koyang, South Korea

 

                           The 38th Gyeonggi Art Contest – Special Award, Korean Fine Arts Association, Gyeonggi, South Korea

Solo Show

2016                  Grace Eun Mi Lee 1st Solo Show “Dust” , Art Gallery of Burlington - Perry Gallery, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

           

Selected Group Exhibition

2020                  ONE… OUT OF MANYShockoe Bottom Clay, Richmond, Virginia, USA

                           

                           Tools of the Ceramic TradeRichmond Main Street Station, Richmond, Virginia, USA

2017                  The Brain Project 2017, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2016                  Citizens of Craft : A Canadian PerspectiveInstitut National Metiers D’Art, 23, Avenue Daumesnil, Paris, France

2015                  2015 Holiday Group ShowAtelier Ascenseur Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2015Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           2015 One of a Kind Spring ShowDirect Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2014                  2014 Holiday Pop-Up ShopCraft Ontario Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           Cabinet of CuriosityGallery House, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           8th Annual Simple Cup Show, KOBO Gallery, Seattle, Washington, United States

                           Fish Tank InstallationCraft Ontario Shop, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           Don’t TouchRedhead Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           TODO AuctionGladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           Objectified MatterAscenseur Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           AGH Art+Design / Show+SaleArt Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

                           Toronto Gift FairThe International Centre & Congress Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           NOT FORKCHOPSHashtag Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2013                  Holiday Pop-Up Craft ShopOntario Crafts Council Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           2013 Shop Studio HuddleStudio Huddle, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           2013 One of a Kind Spring ShowDirect Energy Centre Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           “Fly By Night” Nuit Blanche 2013Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           Wall InstallationGladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           ConstructorHarbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           52nd Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2013Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           Bluebird Shop Window DisplayBluebird Shop, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           Toronto Design Offsite Festival Opening EventLightform Showroom, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2012                  Art Brownie Galaxy 2012Index Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           Shop Studio HuddleStudio Huddle, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           2012 One of a Kind Christmas Show & SaleDirect Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           Queen West Art CrawlTrinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           ACF Magazine Event ShowSunny Choi Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           Art Brownie RainbowINDEXG Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                           Toronto Outdoor Art ExhibitionNathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                          “LookOut” Harbourfront Center Artist’s Residency Biennale ShowHarbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2009                  Left-handed Depictions of Spring, My NecessitiesDoor/Incheon International Ceramic Center, Seoul, South Korea

                           Cheongju International Craft CompetitionCheongju Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea

                           Korea-China-Taiwan-Japan Contemporary CeramicsGallery Ichi Hyun, Japan

                           An Unfamiliar Journey of Existence ConfirmationGallery Terra Ignis, Seoul, South Korea

                           MFA Graduate ShowGallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea

2007                  Annual Student ShowGallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea

                           Open The Door: 580 MilesCube Art Museum, Beijing ,China

                           Korea-China-Japan Contemporary CeramicsKorea Craft Promotion Foundation, Seoul, South Korea

2006                  Annual Student ShowGallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea

                           The 3rd Modern Ceramic Art Award of Korea Prize ShowIncheon Seo Gu Culture Centre, Incheon, South Korea

                           MimomoGallery Sungbo, Seoul, South Korea

                           Artist’s IdeaGallery Lotte Art, Ilsan, South Korea

2004                  Graduate ExhibitionGallery Insa Art, Seoul, South Korea

2002                  The 8th Haengju Art Contest Prize Show, Goyang Flower Exhibition Center-Ilsan Lake Park, Gyeonggi, South Korea

                           The 38th Gyeonggi Art Contest Prize ShowGyeonggi Culture Art Center, Gyeonggi, South Korea

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