CONTEXT

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 with photography and fiber at the intersection of site-specificity and duration, 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.

Where the subtle, quiet, conceptual works made in studio meet her social and civic practice is a circular system of listening, storytelling, connecting, and engaging others, which then informs and propels her personal practice.

Recent projects include embroidered photographs, large-format photography series, installation using microfilm and microfiche, photographic and material investigations into archives + libraries, sculptural + site-specific installation, and many concurrent low-maintenance studio practice projects.

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

  • photography, site-specific installation, fibers, and art history


RESIDENCIES / AWARDS / TALKS :

2016-2017

Artist in Residence: HUB-BUB + Spartanburg County Public Libraries, Spartanburg, SC

2016

Cabbage School Summit, Sandy Mush, NC

SCLA Conference Presenter, Artist in the Community: An Artist in Residence Partnership between the Spartanburg County Public Libraries and HUB-BUB

"Podcast: Lydia See to focus on art accessibility during Hub-Bub residency" 

Artist in Residence: Trade & Lore, Asheville, NC

First Draft: Practice/Process: or, How I learned to Stop Worrying and Just Love the Studio, REVOLVE, Cotton Mill Studios, Asheville, NC

Penland School of Crafts Winter Residency, Penland, NC

2015

Panel Moderator, ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 7 Conference, University of North Carolina Asheville, Asheville, NC

Penland School of Crafts Winter Residency, Penland, NC

2014

Teaching Artist in Residence, the Gatehouse, Maudslay State Park, Newburyport, MA

Selected as Undergraduate commencement speaker, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

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

2007-2008

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

2002

American Craft Council Award: Photography / Mixed media
 

CURATORIAL:

2016

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

Sculptural Installation: Carley Brandau, High Five Rankin, 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 Rankin, Asheville, NC

Trade & Lore, 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, Asheville, NC

2015

Fiber Topographics: A Survey of Sculptural Fiber, West End Bakery, Asheville, NC
+ Marshall Hign Studios, Marshall, NC

Juror, VA Annual Juried Art Show, Charles George VA Medical Center, Asheville, NC

Misprints: A Group 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, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

2013

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


SOLO:

2016 

Practice/Process, REVOLVE Studio, Asheville, NC

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

2003

Caribou Coffee, Charlotte, NC


SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATION

2016

Loom with a View, Spartanburg, SC

2015

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

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

2014

SENSATIONAL India, 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, site-specific installation, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

GROUP:

2016

Covet Atelier: Asheville, Wilmington, + Charlotte, NC, Greenville, SC (traveling exhibition)

2015

Fiber Topographics: A Survey of Sculptural Fiber, West End Bakery, Asheville, NC 

Misprints: A Group 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 Photography, Student Life Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

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

All School Show Open, North 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

2012-2013

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

Harriet's Art Co-op, Charlotte, NC
 

TEACHING:

2016

Markmaking 101, Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC

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

Art Education Volunteer, Roots + Wings School of Art and Design, Claxton Elementary, Asheville, NC 

2015

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

2010-2014

Art Instructor/Visual Art Curriculum: Theater in the Open Summer Arts Workshop, Newburyport, MA

2011

Analog Photography Instructor: River Valley Charter School, Newburyport, MA

2002-2003

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

1998-2000

Assistant to Art, Dance & Theater Teachers: Theater in the Open Summer Arts Workshop, Newburyport, MA
 

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS:

International Museum of Collage, Fort Worth, TX

+ private collections
 

PUBLICATIONS:

+ "Artist joins revamped Hub-Bub residency program" Spartanburg-Herald Journal
+ Photography for Adventures in Letterpress, Brandon Mise. Laurence King, 2014
+ Photo-essays for Parnassus Annual Literary Magazine, Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA
+ Photographs, Photo-essays, and writings have appeared in: USA TodaySPINSignal to Noise, SIFTThe New York TimesWNCMagazineVerveBold LifeThe Laurel of AshevilleMountain XpressNewburyport NewsNewburyport TodayNewburyport ArtsHubArtsNorth Shore Magazine & numerous blogs and online publications. 
 

EXPERIENCE:
 

2016

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

Studio Assistant: Fiber Artist Hayley Nocik


2015-2016

Outreach + Development Coordinator: Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

2014

Muralist: Sierra Nevada Brewery, Asheville, NC

2013-2014 

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

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

2010-2014

Site-Specific Production & Set Styling, Design, and Installation: Theater in the Open, Newburyport, MA

2014

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

2012-2013 

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

2013 

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

2010-2013 

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

2012

Photographer, Volunteer: Artward Bound, Boston, MA

2011

Publicity and Marketing Coordinator: Theater in the Open, Newburyport, MA

Photographer, Volunteer: Newburyport Street Tree Committee, Newburyport, MA

2010-2011 

Artist: Free Art, Newburyport, MA / Portland, ME

2010

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

2009

Photographer, Volunteer: Hatch, Asheville, NC

Photographer, Apprentice: Blue Barnhouse Letterpress, Asheville, NC

2008

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

Studio Assistant, Graphic Designer: Artist & Designer Randy Shull, Asheville, NC

2006

Assistant: Ace of Spades Tattoo, Asheville, NC

2005

Volunteer: 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