CONTEXT

ARCHETYPOGRAPHIA is a portmanteau of archive, archetype, photography and
the suffix -ia
1. occurring in place names: Albania, Columbia
2. occurring in names of diseases and pathological disorders: pneumonia, aphasia
3. occurring in words denoting condition or quality: utopia

BIO

lydia see is a multidisciplinary practitioner, educator, and curator of art + archives who is passionate about the uses of art for social justice + civic engagement. 

Working primarily at the intersections of photography with fiber/object/craft/performance, her practice involves material and conceptual investigation through research and collection, and is rooted in history: literal and conceptual, local and global, intimate and environmental, personal and anonymous.

Through processes of collecting, arranging, stitching, weaving, photographing, re-photographing, and combining, she reinterprets the archive in mundane domestic materials, accumulations, and outdated media to draw connections between memory, ephemerality and technology.

In her social practice she advises as a creative consultant and strategist with a focus on inclusive and accessible interpretive collateral and expanded engagement.

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION:

Western Carolina University
MFA - Interdisciplinary (2021)
Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA
BFA - photography, site-specific installation, fibers, and art history (2014)

 

RESIDENCIES / AWARDS:

2018

  • Artist in Residence, Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC

  • Regional Artist Project Grant, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC

2017

  • Artist in Residence, the Commons, Sandy Mush, NC

2016-2017

  • Artist in the Community Resident, HUB-BUB + Spartanburg County Public Libraries, Spartanburg, SC

2016

  • Cabbage School Summit, the Commons, Sandy Mush, NC

  • Penland School of Crafts Winter Residency, Penland, NC

2015

  • Penland School of Crafts Winter Residency, Penland, NC

2014

  • All School Show winner, Open Major, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

  • Departmental Honor/3D award, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

2011

  • Dean’s List, Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA

2007-08

  • Artist in Residence, Grove Arcade Arts + Heritage Gallery, Asheville, NC

2002

  • American Craft Council Award Photography/Mixed media, Charlotte, NC


TEACHING/SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS/CONFERENCES:

2018

  • Teaching Artist in Residence: Visual Arts, Theater in the Open Summer Arts Workshop, Newburyport, MA

  • Teaching: Transdisciplinary Photography – the Cabbage School, Sandy Mush, NC

  • Teaching Artist in Residence: Stone Academy, Greenville, SC

2017

  • Teaching: the Living Library – the Cabbage School, Sandy Mush, NC

  • Visiting Artist, Guest Critique - Converse College Drawing 1+2, Spartanburg, SC

  • Visiting Artist, Guest Critique - Massachusetts College of Arts Fibers Department, Boston, MA

  • Deaccessioned, Artist's Talk, Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC

  • Guest Critique, Photography Concentration with Mercedes Jelinek, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

  • Waste: Discarded Materials in Creative Practice, Talk20 Lecture Series, Spartanburg, SC

  • Juror, 8th Annual Collegiate Art Exhibition, Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC

  • Juror, Cadenza Literary & Arts Magazine, Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC

  • Visiting Artist, Guest Critique - Converse College Senior 2017 BA, Spartanburg, SC

  • Visiting Artist, Guest Lecturer - Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC

  • 2016-2017 Teaching: Free All-Ages Workshops: Markmaking, Embroidery, Weaving, Photography, Nature + Land Art, Abstract Expressionism, Printmaking, Collage - Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC

2016

  • Panel - Aestheticization of Error: the Analog and Digital Materiality of GLITCH, REVOLVE, Asheville, NC

  • SCLA Conference Presenter - “Artist in the Community: An Artist in Residence Partnership” Columbia, SC

  • Practice/Process, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Studio, REVOLVE, Asheville, NC

  • Teaching: Film Composition - Fierce Flix Film Camp for Girls and Gender Minorities, Asheville, NC

  • Art Education Program Volunteer: Roots + Wings School of Art and Design, Asheville, NC

2015

  • Teaching: Markmaking, Weaving, Alt-Photo: Archetypographia Studio Workshops, Marshall, NC

  • Panel Moderator: ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 7 Conference, UNC Asheville, Asheville, NC

2014

  • Teaching Artist in Residence: Visual Arts, Theater in the Open Summer Arts Workshop, Newburyport, MA

  • Commencement speaker, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

2010 - 2014

  • Teaching + Visual Art Curriculum Lead: Theater in the Open Summer Arts Workshop, Newburyport, MA

2011

  • Teaching: Traditional Darkroom Photography - River Valley Charter School, Newburyport, MA

2002 - 2003

  • Darkroom Monitor and TA: Photography I & II - Northwest School of the Arts, Charlotte, NC


SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2018

  • An Apocryphal Cloud of Somewheres and Sometimes (and other works), Downtown Books and News, Asheville, NC

2017

  • Deaccessioned: the Identity of Accumulated Material, Crutchfield Gallery, Spartanburg, SC

  • Family Vacations I Have Never Taken, Weizenblatt Gallery, Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC

2016

  • Practice/Process, REVOLVE, Asheville, NC

  • Special Collections, HQ Studio, Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC

2015

  • Method of Collection, West End Bakery, West Asheville, NC

2014

  • Thesis Exhibition, North Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

2011

  • In Medias Res, The Press Room, Portsmouth, NH

2008

  • Found, Grove Corner Market, Asheville, NC

SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATIONS / PERFORMANCES:

2018

  • An Apocryphal Cloud of Somewhere and Sometimes for MAINFRAME, the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

  • Vague/Limited, REVOLVE, Asheville, NC

  • An Apocryphal Cloud of Somewheres and Sometimes, Art Fields, Lake City, SC

  • Rituals for visual listening I. Water. II. Night., supporting Rhona Eve Clews, {Re}HAPPENING 8 at Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, NC

2017

  • Correspondences, Maker's Marks, Nichols House Museum, Boston, MA

  • Community Thread, Trade & Lore, Asheville, NC

  • Untitled (148 Main st.), Spartanburg, SC

  • Lighten Up Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC

2016-2017

  • Loom with a View, Spartanburg, SC

2015

  • Mise en Abyme, {Re}HAPPENING 5 at Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, NC

  • Black Mountain Blue Print, Lake Eden Arts Festival, Black Mountain, NC

  • Latta Park Installation 1, Charlotte, NC

2014

  • Untitled (all the tea I drank that year), Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

  • OPEN: a durational installation, North Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

2013

  • Women's Work, Student Life Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

  • Landscape of Memory, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA


GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2018

  • Dope, Yet Unfamiliar, Gallery 130, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

  • Alternative to What?, Sulfur Studios, Savannah, GA

  • Future Past: Experiments in Photography, Tracey Morgan Gallery, Asheville, NC

  • 10x100, RAMP Gallery, Asheville, NC

2017

  • Get Well Soon, the Southern Gallery, Charleston, SC

  • Sent from a Pure Moment! (honoring and responding to the work of Jack Pierson), Godine Gallery, Boston, MA

  • Crafted With Strangers, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, Asheville, NC

  • MOTH/MISC, the Mothlight, Asheville, NC

  • Object as Poet, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, Asheville, NC

  • Apple Pie: an American Art Show, Goodyear Arts, Charlotte, NC

2016

  • 99 Problems (but a Print Ain't One), The Southern Gallery, Charleston,, SC

2015

  • Fiber/Topographics, West End Bakery, West Asheville, NC

  • Misprints: An Exploration Into Printmaking, Craft and Design, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC

2014

  • Research, North Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

  • All School Show Photo, Fibers, Student Life Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

  • Senior Show, Paine Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

2013

  • Love Your Body, Kennedy, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

  • 36 inches, Student Life Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

2012

  • 25 & Up, Student Life Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

2011

  • The Middle Finger, the Press Room, Portsmouth, NH

2008

  • With Our Hands, Asheville Art Museum, Pack Place, Asheville, NC

  • A Day in the Life of Asheville, Pack Memorial Library, Asheville, NC

  • Narrative, The Dripolator, Asheville, NC

2007

  • landscapes/dreamscapes, The Dripolator, Asheville, NC

  • matter curves space-time : space-time moves matter, Ghost Town Studios, Swannanoa, NC

2006

  • UNIFIRE, The Wedge, Asheville, NC

2005

  • Because Rocks Hurt - Phil Mechanic Studios, Asheville, NC, Fibark Festival, Salida, CO, Salt Lake City, UT, Gauley River Festival, Summersville, WV (traveling exhibition)

2003

  • License to Dance, Hart-Witzen Gallery, Charlotte, NC


EXHIBITIONS CURATED:

2018

  • Sorcerous Selections from the Garden of Time and Dreaming, Zachary Sarvis, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

  • Day Aches, Brett Wyatt with Wooly Press, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

  • Simply Serve, Jennifer Mesk + Jonathon Flaum, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

  • Selected Works by Gus Grissom, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

2017

  • Creating from Kindness, Knight Gallery, Spirit Square, Charlotte, NC

  • Selected Works by Esteban Gonzalez, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

  • Photo:Object, PUSH Gallery, Asheville, NC

  • We Gonna Be Alright, Reba West Fraser, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

  • Modern Nostalgia - Michael Christopher, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

2016

  • #AVLGLITCH: an Internationally-Sourced Exploration of Glitch Photographs, REVOLVE, Asheville Darkroom + the BLOCK off Biltmore (three-venue exhibition), Asheville, NC

  • Sorry I made it Weird: Portraits of People You May Know, Andy Herod, PUSH Gallery, Asheville, NC

  • The DeHulling, Janine Rissewyck + Nicola Bajalia, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

  • Indian Sumer Press, Rosy Kirby, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

  • Sculptural Installation, Carley Brandau, High Five Coffee, Asheville, NC

  • INTERLUDE: 22 Days of Happenings at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Henco Pop-up Gallery, 5 Walnut Wine Bar, and the streets of Downtown Asheville, NC

2015

  • Fiber/Topographics, West End Bakery, West Asheville, NC

  • Misprints: An Exploration Into Printmaking, Craft and Design, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC

2014

  • Research, North Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

2013

  • 36 inches, Student Life Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA


PERMANENT COLLECTIONS:

  • International Museum of Collage, Fort Worth, TX

  • Spartanburg County Public Libraries

  • Private Collections


EXPERIENCE + CIVIC ENGAGEMENT:

2018

  • Centering Intersectional Feminism webinar, Standing Up for Racial Justice

  • Gallery Associate, REVOLVE, Asheville, NC

2017-2018

  • Archivist, Mountain Gardens, Celo, NC

2017

  • Fabrication and on-site Assistant to Artist Eli Blasko, Art on the Atlanta Beltline, Atlanta, GA

  • Curation and Interpretation, Creative Consulting, Strategy: About Face Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

  • Creative Consulting and Strategy: The Drygoods Shop, Asheville, NC

  • Installation + Documentation, Art2, Spartanburg Art Museum

  • Documentation + support, Northside Artlets Initiative, Spartanburg, SC

  • C4 Hatch Training Intensive: Fuse Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

  • Fabrication, Mural painting, Assistant: BannanBlasko, Spartanburg, SC

2016

  • Installation/Documentation: Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light by Erwin Redl, Bloomburg Grant-funded Project

  • ArtistsU - “Making Your Life as an Artist” Workshop: Tapp's Art Center, Columbia, SC

  • Studio Assistant: Printmaker and Painter Andy Herod, Asheville, NC

  • Studio Assistant: Fiber Artist Hayley Nocik, Asheville, NC

2015-2016

  • Outreach + Development Coordinator: Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Asheville, NC

2014

  • Muralist: Sierra Nevada Brewery, Asheville, NC

  • Archivist: On Stage Inc./Theater in the Open, Newburyport, MA

  • Studio Monitor: Fibers Department, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

2013 - 2014

  • Gallery Manager: Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

2013

  • Community Leadership Team + Photographer: Center for Art & Community Partnerships, Boston, MA

2012 - 2013

  • Visual Display Installation & Maintenance/Stylist: Free People, Boston MA

2012

  • Documentation + Volunteer: Artward Bound, Boston, MA

2011

  • Publicity + Marketing Coordinator: Theater in the Open, Newburyport, MA

  • Documentation + Volunteer: Newburyport Street Tree Committee, Newburyport, MA

2010 - 2011

  • Free Art: Newburyport, MA / Portland, ME

2010

  • Board of Directors: Strategic Growth Action Plan, Theater in the Open, Newburyport, MA

2010 - 2013

  • Figure Model: Life Drawing, Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport, MA

2010 - 2014

  • Site-Specific Production + Set Styling/Design/Installation: Theater in the Open, Newburyport, MA

2009

  • Photographer + Apprentice: Blue Barnhouse Letterpress, Asheville, NC

  • Documentation + Volunteer: Hatch, Asheville, NC

2008

  • Fundraising Coordinator: Asheville Mural Project, Arts2People, Asheville, NC

  • Studio Assistant + Graphic Designer: artist & designer Randy Shull, Asheville, NC

2006

  • Apprentice: Ace of Spades Tattoo, Asheville, NC

2005

  • Volunteer for Katrina + Rita Hurricane relief: Hearts With Hands, Ocean Springs, Mississippi

2003

  • Apprentice: Silver Hammer Studios/Arts & Science Council of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC

2002

  • Photojournalism Intern: Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC


PUBLICATIONS/PRESS:

2018

  • Essay and Photograph, the _____ House

2017

  • Cover Image, Ghost Proposal, no.7, Fall 2017

  • PHOTO:OBJECT, zine catalogue, 2017

  • Essay, Photographs, and Artworks published in Exhibition Catalogue Maker's Marks: Art, Craft, and the Fiber of Change, Nichols House Museum, Boston, MA (March 2017)

  • “A year in Spartanburg with Hub-Bub Artist-in-Residence, Lydia See“ - interview, City Podcast, Spartanburg, SC

  • “Lydia See’s latest exhibit travels to places unknown” Mountain Xpress, February 10, 2017

  • “Artist in Residence” - Spartanburg Magazine, February 2017

  • “Artist in Residence Program” - Spartanburg County Public Library Magazine, Winter 2017

2016

  • “Artist joins revamped Hub-Bub residency program” - Spartanburg Herald-Journal, 9.4.16

  • “Lydia See to focus on art accessibility during Hub-Bub residency" – interview, City Podcast, Spartanburg, SC

2014

  • Photographer - Adventures in Letterpress, Brandon Mise. Laurence King, 2014

2010-2011

  • Photographs featured - Parnassus Annual Literary Magazine, NECC, Haverhill, MA


my photography and/or writing has also appeared in: USA Today, SPIN, The New York Times, Signal to Noise, SIFT
+
numerous other regional and national print publications, blogs and online publications.