Jocelyn Lee was born in Naples Italy and received her BA in philosophy and visual arts from Yale University, and her MFA in photography from Hunter College. In 2013 she received a NYFA Fellowship, and in 2001 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship.
She is represented by Pace MacGill Gallery in New York and Flatlands Gallery in Amsterdam.
Lee’s first monograph Nowhere but here was published by Steidl Publishers in December 2010 with a forward by Sharon Olds. In 1996 her work The Youngest Parents was published by DoubleTake Books and The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in collaboration with Robert Coles and John Moses.
Her works are in the collections of Maison Europeen de la Photographie, Paris, France; The Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; The Yale Museum of Art, New Haven, CT; The List Center at MIT, Cambridge, Mass.; The Portland Museum of Art; Portland, Maine; The Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO.; The Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME; The Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME; The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, NC.; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.; The Bates College Museum of Art. Lewiston, ME; and The Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockport, ME.; as well as numerous private collections.
Her work has appeared in many national and international publications including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Photo Raw (Helsinki, Finland), Snoeks (Germany), Real Simple, MORE magazine, PDN, Allegra (The Netherlands), DoubleTake, the Hayden Review, Marie Claire (Taiwan), Harpers and others.
Lee taught photography at Princeton University from 2003-2012 and at The Maine College of Art from 1993-2001. She has been a visiting artist at Yale University, Bowdoin College, Mass College of Art, and New York University.
City University of New York at Hunter College, M.F.A.
Yale University, B.A. in studio art and philosophy.
2014 Purchase Prize, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
2013 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, New York, New York
2003 International Association of Arts Critics/USA, Award for Best Emerging Artist Exhibition in New England
2001 Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
2000/2002 The MacDowell Colony, Residency in Peterborough, NH.1994 The Banff Center for the Arts, Residency in Banff, Alberta, Canada.
1993 Texas Photographic Society Production Grant, Austin, TX.
Maison Européen de la Photographie, Paris, FR
The Yale Museum of Art, New Haven, CT.
The List Center at MIT, Boston, Mass.
The Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
The Bates Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME
The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Durham, NC
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.
The Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME.
The Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME.
The Nelson-Atikins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
The Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaulkee, WI
2018 The Appearance of Things, Solo exhibition at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, Maine.
2017 Last Light, complete room sized installation,
The Karachi Biennial, Karachi, Pakistan
Reconsidering Adolescence, The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine.
Summer Show, Pace MacGill Gallery, NYC.
Converging to Center-Photographs from the Collection of Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, Wesleyan University.
HE/SHE/THEY, Rose Gallery, L.A.
2014 About Face – Contemporary Portraiture, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
Hunting, Flatland Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Insights, The Print Space, London, UK.
2013 The Kids are All Right, John Michael Kohler Arts Centre, Sheboygan, WI
2013 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship recipient.
Piecework, The Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland Museum of Art,
Biennial Purchase Prize,The Portland Museum of Art.
Dark Blue: Water as Protagonist, The Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI.
2012 Jocelyn Lee, Solo Show, Flatland Gallery, Paris, France.
2010 Jocelyn Lee, Nowhere but here, Pace MacGill Gallery, NY, NY.
2008 Jocelyn Lee, Last Light, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine.
Jocelyn Lee, Feature Photography, The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Jocelyn Lee, Last Light, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine.
2007 Jocelyn Lee, Grounded, (solo) Pace MacGill Gallery, NY, NY.
Jocelyn Lee, Children’s Games, (solo), Maine Center of Contemporary Art, Rockport,ME.
Presumed Innocent, Photographs of Children, The DeCordova Museum of Art, Waltham, Mass.
2006 Jocelyn Lee, Youth, (solo) The University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME.
2005 Made in the Shade, Pace MacGill Gallery, NY, NY.
She Is—Perceptions of Female Identity, Stonehill College, Easton, MA.
New Work: Jocelyn Lee and Sa Schloff, Zero Station, Portland, ME.
Sportsman Redux,The Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland,ME.
2004 New Aquisitions: The Global and the Local, Bates College Museum of Art,
Sites Unseen, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME.
Standing Figure, The Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA.
Maine in America, Images from the Permanent Collection, Farnsworth Art
Museum, Rockland, ME.
2003 Jocelyn Lee: Portraits, The Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA. (Solo)
Jocelyn Lee: New Work, The University of Maine at Farmington. (Solo)
“Swim Suits and Sports”, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA.
Undomesticated Interiors, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA.
Selctions from the Bruce Brown Collection, Colby College Museum of Art,
6 From Maine, Hampshire College, Amhest, MA.
Taking Pictures, ICON Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME.
2002 Preview/Review: Recent Work by David Hilliard, Jocelyn Lee, Abelardo
Morell, Deborah Bright, Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA.
5 Fictions, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA.
Genetic Imprints, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA.
Recent Acquisitions, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME.
2001 Jocelyn Lee: New Work, LFL Gallery, New York , New York. (Solo)
Local Color, The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME.
Summer Show, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA.
2000 The Lois Foster Exhibition of Boston Area Artists, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.
Undoing Motherhood, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME.
Photographing Maine 1840-2000, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME.
New Beauty--A Girl's Story, Maine Photo Co-op, Portland, ME. (Solo)
1999 Recent Developments, Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY.
Still, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME. (Solo)
1997 The Youngest Parents, national traveling exhibition, The Center for
Documentary Studies at Duke University, Durham, NC. (2 solo shows)
The Youngest Parents, The National Humanities Center, Chapel Hill, NC.
1996 4 Photographers, Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME.
Backyard, The Dead Space Gallery, Portland, ME. (Solo)
2018 THE BODY NOW, Thames and Hudson, Edited by Nathalie Herschdorfer
2013 Photo Raw, Helsinki, Finland; Jocelyn Lee: Women are Beautiful
2012 The New Yorker, Creatures, Text by Marisa Silver, Photographs by Jocelyn Lee, December 2012
Snoeks, Jocelyn Lee: Naakt is kwetsbaar is schoon, Text by Leslie Van Hecke, Photographs by Jocelyn Lee, Genc. , Fotograftaki Kadin!, Photographs by Jocelyn Lee, May 2012
2011 Nowhere But Here, Monograph, Photographs by Jocelyn Lee , Steidl Publishing
2008 Presumed Innocent, The DeCordova Museum. Book plublication to accompany exhibition. February.
2007 The New Yorker, Review of Grounded, Pace MacGill Gallery, May.
2005 The New Yorker, Review of Made in the Shade at Pace MacGill Gallery, August.
2003 The Boston Phoenix, “The Power of Paper”, review of show at Bernard Toale Gallery. June 5.
2001 The New Yorker, "Jocelyn Lee", review of LFL Gallery Show, May 7.
The Village Voice, Voice Choices: "Jocelyn Lee", review, May 8.
Antiques and the Arts Weekly, "Local Color: 6 Maine Photographers show contemporary work at PMA", February.
Maine Sunday Telegram, "Local Color", April 1
2000 The Boston Globe, "Artists explore transformations, real and implied". Review of the exhibition at The Rose Art Museum. December.
Paperback publication of The Youngest Parents, W.W. Norton and Co. and DoubleTake Books.
Photographing Maine 1840-2000, catalogue and CD-ROM, Center for Maine, Contemporary Art, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine.
1998 The Times Literary Supplement, review The Youngest Parents, March.
1997 The Youngest Parents. Text by Robert Coles; photographs by Jocelyn Lee and John Moses. W.W. Norton and Co. and DoubleTake Books.
The Today Show, interview with Robert Coles and presentation of photographs from The Youngest Parents. July 1.
DoubleTake magazine, The Youngest Parents, photographs by Jocelyn Lee and John Moses. Durham, North Carolina. Issue # 7. Pages 31-40.
Publishers Weekly, review The Youngest Parents, February 10.
Boston Phoenix, review The Youngest Parents, June.
The New Yorker, review in "Briefly Noted": The Youngest Parents. Sept.
The New Leader, “How it Goes for Some Folks," Review, New York. Sept.
The Wilson Journal, photograph from The Youngest Parents, The
Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC.
Un Siècle de Liens Amoureux Aimer, photograph from The Youngest
Parents, Editions du Chene, Paris, France.
1996 Art New England, “Four Photographers," review of exhibition at Icon
Contemporary Art. Winter Issue.