Helen Lee is an artist, designer, and educator. She holds an MFA in Glass from RISD and a BSAD in Architecture from MIT. Her work is in the collections of Minnesota Museum of American Art, Corning Museum of Glass, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, and Toyama City Institute of Glass Art. Her work has recently been shown in New Glass Now at Corning Museum of Glass and in the Burke Prize 2019 exhibition at Museum of Art and Design. Lee has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, California College of Art, Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Ox-Bow School of Art, China Academy of Art, Toyama City Institute of Glass Art and the MIT Glass Lab. She is currently an Associate Professor and Head of Glass in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
As an artist, I examine the morphological nature of language. I am interested in how language inherently changes—over time, across cultures, and in physical form. I reify my bilingual experience as a second generation Chinese-American in a fluid material that similarly embodies a state of flux. I write in glass, which is to say that I write in light, and I write in shadow.