Helen Lee

Credentials: MFA

Position title: Assistant Professor and Head of Glass

Helen Lee headshot

Helen Lee is an artist, designer, educator, and glassblower. She holds an MFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BSAD in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her honors include the inaugural Irwin Borowsky Prize in Glass Art in 2013, the Edna Wiechers Arts in Wisconsin Award in 2014, and the Gold Award in the 2016 Bullseye Emerge exhibition. She was nominated for a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 2015, a USA Fellowship in 2016, and the ACC Emerging Voices Award in 2017. Her work is in the collections of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, and Toyama City Institute of Glass Art. Lee has worked as a freelance graphic designer for Chronicle Books and Celery Design Collaborative, and was an Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts from 2009-2011. She has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, California College of Art, Toyama City Institute of Glass Art, Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, and the MIT Glass Lab. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Head of Glass in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. www.pink-noise.org/



“My work examines issues of boundary, duality, and transformation — dwelling on the moments in which breath becomes sound, sound becomes spoken, the spoken word turns written, and the written word is shaped into dimensional form by my own breath.”

– Helen Lee