artist, educator, writer.

ABOUT

Billie Lee is an artist, educator, and writer. Her arts practice has included painting, video, and a documentary film project, Moving Home, that premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2012.  She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Yale University, and her recent reflections on race and critical discourse in MFA education can be found in “On Performing the Critical” in the forthcoming anthology Beyond Critique: Contemporary Art in Theory, Practice, and Instruction (Bloomsbury, 2017). As an educator, she has taught diverse audiences in museums, public schools, and universities. If not on her moped, she can be found snug in her seventy-five square foot residence where she is an East-West Center Student Affiliate as a doctoral candidate at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa or at the American Quarterly office where she is currently a staff member.

ABOUT

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Billie Lee is an artist, educator, and writer working at the intersection of art, pedagogy, and social change. Her arts practice includes painting, video, and a documentary film project, Moving Home, that premiered at the Hawai‘i International Film Festival in 2012.  She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Yale University, and her recent reflections on race and critical discourse in MFA education can be found in “On Performing the Critical” in the anthology Beyond Critique: Contemporary Art in Theory, Practice, and Instruction (Bloomsbury, 2017).

As an educator, she has taught diverse audiences in a variety of settings including the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, University of New Haven, Queens Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, and in New York City public schools as a teaching artist. She is currently the Associate Curator of Education at Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture, and Design in Honolulu, Hawaii.

As a doctoral candidate in American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Lee’s dissertation project extends her interest in community-centered pedagogy through an examination of interventions by women of color and Indigenous artists and educators in creating a politics of possibility. Drawing on women of color feminism, queer affect theory, Indigenous politics, and diaspora theory, Lee expands on the ways that the social is imbued with legacies of historical trauma and collective knowing that can open up affective spaces of belonging through meaning-making practices. 

She can be contacted at lee.billie@gmail.com.


EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2012-Present
  • M.A., American Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2016
  • M.F.A., Painting, Yale University, 2009
  • B.F.A., Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, 2004

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

  • Associate Curator of Education, Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design (Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art), Honolulu, HI, 2017-Present
  • Editorial Assistant, American Quarterly, Honolulu, HI, 2015-2017
  • Lecturer, Department of Art & Art History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2014-2015
  • Wurtele Gallery Teacher, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, 2007-2009
  • Adjunct Professor, University of New Haven, New Haven, CT, 2009-2010
  • Museum Educator, Queens Museum, New York, NY, 2005-2007

CONFERENCES, PRESENTATIONS, and INVITED LECTURES (selected)

  • “Pedagogies of Radical Care,” American Studies Association Conference, Chicago, IL, November 9-12, 2017.
  • "Regarding Ways of Seeing Justice," Open Engagement, Chicago, IL, April 21-23, 2017 [accepted]
  • “Art School in a Moment of Danger: Critique, Otherness, and Pedagogy,” College Art Association Conference, New York, NY, February 15-18, 2017.
  • Guest critic, MFA first-year graduate seminar, Department of Art and Art History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, April 2016.
  • “Ways of Looking,” Invited Lecture, Undergraduate seminar “Art Museums and Preservation Practice," Department of Art and Art History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, September 2015.
  • “Postcolonial for Whom? Unsettling the Honolulu Museum of Art/Imagining Otherwise,” College Art Association Conference, New York, NY, February 11-14, 2015.
  • Guest critic, MFA first-year graduate seminar, Department of Art and Art History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, March 2015.
  • “Dancing in the Diaspora,” Invited Lecture, Undergraduate seminar “Women’s Literature and Cultures,” Department of American Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, October 2015.
  • “Smithsonian Asian Pacific America Center: A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America,” Roundtable Discussant, Kaka'ako Agora, Honolulu, HI. July 2014.
  • “Diaspora of Desire: Geo-Choreographies of the Colonial Dancing Body,” 13th East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference, Honolulu, HI, February 13-15, 2013.
  • “The Legacy of Halla Pai Huhm,” Public Talk, Hawai‘i State Public Library, September 2013.
  • “The Performance of Exile,” Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), Washington D.C., March 27-30, 2013.
  • “The Making of Moving Home: A Documentary,” Invited Lecture, Center for Biographic Research, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, January 2013.
  • “The Legacy of Halla Pai Huhm,” Invited Lecture, Undergraduate seminar “World Dance,” Department of Dance, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, September 2012.
  • “Spatial Practices of Museum Education,” Public Talk, Yale University Art Gallery, April 2009.
  • “The MFA Decision,” Art Smart Conference, Rhode Island School of Design, October 31, 2009.
  • “On Recent Work,” Invited Lecture, Undergraduate seminar “Asian American Film & Video,” Department of Film and Media Studies, Yale University, October 2008.

PRACTICE-BASED PROJECTS (ART, MEDIA, PERFORMANCE)

  • Homage to the Street and Past Lives, (various locations), Honolulu, HI, 2016            
  • Carousel, Kaka‘ako Agora, Interisland Terminal, Honolulu, HI, 2014            
  • Moving Home: The Legacy of Halla Pai Huhm, documentary film, 53 minutes, 2012
  • Telephone Works, The Dirty Dirty, Brooklyn, NY, 2011                     
  • Dump Art, Freudenreich Bar und Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2010                   
  • Street Organs in Four Parts, (site-specific street performance), New Haven, CT, 2010
  • Indeterminacy and Improvisation, Whitney Humanities Center, New Haven, CT, 2010
  • Installation/Media/Performance, Alte-Saline, Hallein, Austria, 2009
  • Alcatraz Café, Alcatraz Gallery, Hallein, Austria, 2009
  • MFA Thesis Show, Green Gallery, New Haven, CT, 2009
  • Video and Performance, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, 2009   
  • Loop: International Video Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain, 2008
  • Nightshift II: Hidden Hands, White Box, New York, NY, 2007
  • The Greek Play, Root Division, San Francisco, CA, 2007
  • Group Show, Experimental Space, New York, NY, 2007
  • People Will Expect You to Have Changed, Kuchucamp, Seoul, South Korea, 2005
  • Senior Invitational, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI, 2004
  • Thesis Exhibition, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI, 2004

CURATORIAL & PUBLIC PROGRAMS

  • Edgar Heap of Birds (Visiting Artist & Residency Program), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, October 20-25, 2016.
  • Ways of Looking? (Co-Curated), Commons Gallery, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, August 30-September 11, 2015.
  • Talk Story Series in American Studies, University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa, Spring and Fall 2014.
  • Moving Home: The Legacy of Halla Pai Huhm. Documentary film, 53 minutes, 2012. (Director, Writer, and Producer).
    • Selected screenings: Hawai‘i International Film Festival, October 2012 (World Premiere); Hilo Palace Theater, October 2012; Maui Arts & Cultural Center, May 2015.
  • Cooper’s Storefront (Abandoned storefront transformation project with Cooperative Arts High School), New Haven, CT, May 2010.
  • Video/Performance (Co-Curated), Yale University Art Gallery, February 2009.
  • Video/Performance Workshop Series with Yvonne Rainer and Dara Birnbaum, Yale School of Art, February-April 2009.
  • Traveling Through, East Asia Library Reading Room, Yale Sterling Memorial Library, March 1-30, 2009.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE POSITIONS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • American Studies Graduate Student Representative, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2016-2017.
  • Grant Writer and Coordinator for Student Activity Program Fee Board Grant, Department of American Studies, University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa, 2016.
  • Facilitator, Wednesday Evening Seminar Series, East West Center, 2016.
  • Online Teaching Certification, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Center for Teaching Excellence, 2015.
  • Graduate Student Organization Representative, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 2013-15.
  • Graduate Student Representative, Yale University School of Art, 2007-08.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • College Art Association
  • American Studies Association
  • Hawaiʻi American Studies Association
  • Diasporic Asian Art Network

For teaching experience see TEACHING page