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Academic School

School of Communication and the Arts


Steel Plant 139



(845) 575-3000, ext. 2603


Joyce Yu-Jean Lee

Assistant Professor of Art and Digital Media


Joyce Yu-Jean Lee is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at Marist College and a visual artist working with video, digital photography, and interactive installation. Her artwork examines how mass media and culture shape notions of truth and understanding of the other.Her project about Internet censorship, FIREWALL, garnered backlash from Chinese state authorities in 2016 and was presented at Lincoln Center in New York City and at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway.

Joyces artwork has been exhibited internationally and has been written about in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Hyperallergic. She is the recipient of grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Asian Women Giving Circle; Franklin Furnace Fund; Maryland State Arts Council; and The Walters Art Museum; fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation; the C. Sylvia and Eddie C. Brown Studio at Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower; and Hamiltonian Artists.

She previously taught at Fashion Institute of Technology, Maryland Institute College of Art, Corcoran College of Art + Design, New Jersey City University and worked at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.


MFA, Maryland Institute of College Art
BA, Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests/Areas of Focus

Video Projection, Digital Art, Installation Art, Photography, Performance Art, Drawing
Digital Mass Media, Journalism, Social Media
Transnationalism, Intersectional Feminism
Internet Culture/Freedom, Censorship, Contemporary Chinese Art

Selected Publications

Roberta R. King and William A. Dyrness, editors, Wild Wild China: Contemporary Art and Neocolonialism chapter, compiled in The Arts and Witness in Multifaith Contexts(Missiological Engagements Series), InterVarsity Press, 2019

Richard Jochum, editor, Art School Critique 2.0, Columbia University Teachers College, Symposium Journal, 2017

W. David O. Taylor and Taylor Worley, editors, Contemporary Art and the Church: A Conversation Between Two Worlds, InterVarsity Press, 2017

Paradise Interrupted: An Interview with Jennifer Wen Ma and Guillermo Acevedo, ArtFCity (blog), July 20, 2016

Richard Jochum, editor, Conversations Across Cultures: Remixing Art Education, Columbia University Teachers College, Symposium Journal, 2015

Patricia Miranda, editor, STEAM = STEM + ARTS, ArtsWestchester exhibition catalogue, YUDU publishing, 2014

Pat Badani, editor, SHOWCASE, Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus, CAA Conference Edition, 2014

'Words in Images’, What Weekly (blog), November 21, 2013

2013 Sondheim Prize: 'The Big Reveal,' What Weekly (blog), August 1, 2013

Creative Work

States of DysUnion, Visual Arts Gallery, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ, 2018

FIREWALL Pop-up Internet Café, Chinatown Soup, New York, NY; Oslo Freedom Forum, Spikersuppa Square, Oslo, Norway; Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY (collaboration with Dan Phiffer & Rachel Nackman & Silas Cutler), 2016-2018

Verti-Call, Calvin College, Center Art Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI, 2016

Still Light Stills, Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD, 2015

FALL SOLOS 2104: On the Brink, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, 2014

Members' Solo: On the Brink, School 33, Baltimore, MD, 2014

ko'ord(e)nets: N51:27:3 E7:0:47 to N31:12:27 E121:30:19, All Things Project, NCGV, New York, NY, 2013

Perspectives: a Look through Cultural Lenses, Silber Art Gallery, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD, 2012

Passages II, Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel, MD, 2012

Passages, Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, D.C., 2012

At Last, Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington D.C., 2011

SCOPE New York, Hamiltonian Gallery, New York, NY (solo booth), 2011

Selected Presentations

Project Your Future with Artist, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee” workshop, World Culture Festival, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, 2018

Museums Grapple with Social and Political Change” with Peter Reed, MoMA Senior Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs; moderated by Amy Sadao, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, The Penn Club, New York, NY, 2018

Wild Wild East: Contemporary Art in China and Neocolonialism,” 2018 Missiology Lectures, Fuller Theological Seminary School of Intercultural Studies, Pasadena, CA, 2018

"Practice, Performance, Reflection" panel, Making Conference, Azusa Pacific University, Los Angeles, CA, 2017 (moderator)

FIREWALL: International Internet Critique,” Art School Critique 2.0 Symposium, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2016

“Creative Hacktivism,” FIREWALL Roundtable, Orbital, New York, NY, 2016 (moderator)

Networked Feminism in China,” FIREWALL Roundtable, Orbital, New York, NY, 2016

MFA to Adjunct: Essential or Abject in Today’s Academic Landscape?” Presentation, Remixing Art Education Symposium, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2014

Professional Practices for Visual Artists: Curricular and Extra-Curricular Programs,” Teaching Professional Practices, panelist, 102nd Annual Conference, College Art Association, Chicago, IL, 2014

Awards and Honors

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Engagement Grant, New York, NY, 2016

Asian Women Giving Circle Grant, New York, NY, 2015

Franklin Furnace Fund Grant, New York, NY, 2013

The Maryland State Arts Council 2013 Individual Artists Award, MD, 2013

C. Sylvia and Eddie C. Brown Studio, Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, Baltimore, MD, 2011 2013

So Hamiltionian Fellow, Hamiltonian Artists, Washington D.C., 2010 - 2012

Supported Artist Residency, Goldwell Open Air Museum, Beatty, NV, 2011

Henry Walters Traveling Scholarship, Netherlands and Germany, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD, 2010

Vermont Studio Center fellowship supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Johnson, VT, 2010

Harvey Fellow, Mustard Seed Foundation, Washington D.C., 2008 – 2010