Stephanie S. Lee’s paintings are inspired by minhwa, Korean folk art painting. Her work has been exhibited in group shows in museums and galleries in Asia and the United States, including the National Museum of Korea, Seoul; the Indang Museum, Daegu, South Korea; Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY; Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center, Nyack, NY; Charles B. Wang Center, Queens College Art Center, and Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY; Belskie Museum of Art, Closter, NJ; and Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY. In 2015 her work was selected for the exhibition Call for Chelsea at Galleria Ca' d'Oro in New York. Lee’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in public libraries including Piermont Library, Piermont, NY, and the Ridgewood and Closter libraries in NJ. Her work has been included in numerous art fairs including Spectrum Miami Art Show, Miami, FL; Scope Art and Fountain Art Fair in New York; and the Affordable Art Fair in New York and Hong Kong.
Lee received a New Work grant from the Queens Council on the Arts and was artist of the month at Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center, Nyack, NY. Her work has been featured in WNBC News, NY 1 News, TKC TV, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Asia Week, The Korean Times, and many more. She received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute and studied Korean folk art painting at Busan National University in Korea. She currently lives in Queens, New York.
Stephanie received a BFA in Communications Design, majoring in Graphic Design at Pratt Institute. She earned an Excellence Award for Outstanding Merit in Graphic Design and a Circle Award for Academic Achievement. She has worked as a graphic designer at several companies in NYC, including VentureDirect, KPMG, and SRZ.
Subsequently, Stephanie opted to work from home as a freelance graphic designer while raising her daughter. With her experience in both the corporate and creative environments, she designs all marketing materials, from identity design to video editing. She is also employed part-time at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum where she works on multiple projects, including designing print and online promotional pieces for exhibitions and related programs, working on the social media channel and website postings, and managing archival data of the collection.
Stephanie works as an independent curator on a project basis. She received an MS in Museums and Digital Culture at Pratt Institute with an Advanced Certificate in Conservation & Digital Curation and earned a Circle Award for Academic Achievement. For each exhibition, she oversees comprehensive tasks, such as creating press releases, designing promotional materials, installing and deinstalling artworks, selecting and handling artwork, planning the floor layout, assembling and preparing art, and coordinating events by communicating with artists and directors.
Stephanie has worked with many galleries and public institutions, including the Islip Art Museum, Belskie Museum of Art, Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, Queens College Art Center, Garage Art Center, and public libraries in New York and New Jersey. Her curated group exhibition, Threads and Pigments, was made possible by a grant from the Queens Arts Fund. She is a founding director of a nonprofit arts organization, The Garage Art Center, and runs/curates The Drawing Room New York, a Korean American artist group.
As a founder of KoreanFolkArt.org, Stephanie has been teaching and promoting Korean folk art painting to the public through online and onsite workshops and exhibitions since 2013. As a DOE registered teaching artist at Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, she has been teaching Korean folk art painting to the general public and presented art workshops at public schools and institutions.
She effectively communicates with people of all ages, from elementary school children to seniors, during these workshops. While serving as a New York regional director of the Korea Minhwa Association, Stephanie served as a juror of an art contest held by Weill Cornell Medicine and The Korea Times and was invited as a panelist at the Newark Museum and the Queens Council on the Arts.