I think I'd rather go to the dentist than write an artist statement.  That's how difficult writing is for me. After kvetching about it to a friend (a painter and a poet), she sent sent me some advice on writing a statement one; use 1000 characters. Two; don't be esoteric, existential or metaphysical. Three; very simply state: This is what I do and why.  And four; simply state your medium.

Thus, in no particular order:

I print, I paint, I make books. I make art because I love beauty, paper and process.  I am influenced by landscape, inspired from my travels, triggered by childhood memories. I work in series and have a habit of switching media from project to project. I am one of the millions of WOKE individuals since November 2016 which is keeping me on my toes to create protest work and lend my voice and skills to my community. 







b. 1962 Honolulu, Hawaii 

BFA University of Hawaii, MFA University of Arizona

Maria Lee lives in Tucson, Arizona. 


Awards, Residencies & (selected) Exhibitions

2018      Print, Printing, Printed, invitational printmaking conference, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM

2017      Amplify & Multiply, recent printed activist ephemera, I.D.E.A at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

2016      Allies, with Jo Andersen, Dragonfly Gallery, Tucson, AZ

              Eclectic, Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, Tucson, AZ

2015     Of Land and Sea, Forever Able Wellness Center, Tucson, AZ

              Convergent, with Dana Cohn, The Raven , Prescott, AZ

2014     YAYBIG Print Exchange, El Pueblo Viejo vs El Chuco, Tucson, AZ and El Paso , TX

              From Field to Table, with Nancy Bobo, Caffe Luce, Tucson, AZ

2013     Unbound, Artists' books invitational, SAGEbrush Art Center, Sheridan, WY

2012      Out of Square: Artists' Books from Various Angles, Harry Wood Gallery, ASU, Tempe, AZ

2011      Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, artist-in-residence, Saratoga, WY

2010      Pop Up Now!, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR

               San Diego Book Arts Third National Juried Exhibition, Geisel Library, UCSD, San Diego, CA

2009      Kalaupapa; Keep Out! Keep In!, Pauahi Tower, Honolulu, HI

2008      Peintures: Paysages et Lumieres du Luberon, Atelier du Cheval Blanc, Goult, France 

2006      Tucson Pima Arts Council mini grant, Tucson, AZ

               Stonehouse Residency for Contemporary Arts, Miramonte, CA

2005      Villa Montalvo, artist-in-residence, Saratoga, CA

2004      Six Degrees of Separation, Ingham Chapman Gallery, University of NM, Gallup, NM

2003      Jentel Foundation, artist-in-residence, Banner, WY

               Dog Head Stew, invitational print exchange, Institute for American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM



since 2002   Adjunct Professor of Art, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ

2014-15       Adjunct Professor, printmaking, Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ

2011             Adjunct Professor, letterpress, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

1997             Professor, printmaking, Lacoste School of the Arts in France, (Bard College), Lacoste, France

1996             Teaching Assistant, printmaking, Lacoste School of the Arts, (Bard College), Lacoste, France

1993-96       Instructor/Printer, The Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia, PA


Community (volunteer)

Instructor, ELAA(tutor), Literacy Connects, Tucson, AZ

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

Tucson Community Printshop, Tucson, AZ

Jack Sinclair Letterpress & Book Arts Laboratory, Tucson, AZ