Emilie Lee is a classically trained painter working in the tradition of the Hudson River School. Drawing on her background as a rock climber and adventure athlete, she travels to remote locations to study landscapes that are critical in the field of conservation. Without using photographs, she creates drawings, notes, and plein air paintings while on location which she later uses to inform her large-scale canvases in the studio. As a result, her work is a distillation of time, memory, and a close observation of the natural world.  Lee handcrafts each piece of artwork using time-honored techniques tested by museum conservationists to ensure the archival quality of each piece.

After earning her degree in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, Emilie worked as a freelance writer and illustrator for outdoor adventure publications including “Alpinist Magazine”, Patagonia, and “Rock and Ice.” In 2008 she moved to New York to spend four years studying with renowned painter and educator, Jacob Collins. For three years after that she was a principle artist and instructor at the Grand Central Atelier, and in 2016 she moved to her native Vermont where she teaches regular classes and workshops at her studio and at Champlain College. She is also a senior fellow at the Hudson River Fellowship, passing on the traditional techniques of 19th century landscape painters.

Emilie Lee is represented by Edgewater Gallery and she often collaborates with creative partners in the conservation and outdoor adventure fields such as Best Made Company, Patagonia, and Stio Mountain, for whom she has been a sponsored ambassador. As a landscape painter she has been featured in “The New York Times”, “The Wall Street Journal”, and “New Hampshire Public Radio.”


EDUCATION                                                                                                                                

2012     WATER STREET ATELIER, GRAND CENTRAL ACADEMY, New York, NY

             Four year program in academic painting

2004     RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN, Providence, RI

             Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration  

 

COLLABORATIONS

 

2015      I organized an independent artist’s residency on the American Prairie Reserve with the help of financial support from the Stobart Foundation and Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. I am also working with PatagoniaGamblin Artist Materials, and Buck Products who provided me with gear and supplies.

 

2014      Best Made Company. “The First Conservationists.” These portraits of Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir were sold as limited edition signed and framed prints for the 2014 holiday season.

2012-2014      Stio Mountain Apparel. As a sponsored “ambassador”, I wrote multiple articles for their blog and tested prototype gear.

2012    I wrote an essay about the White Mountain Painters for the "West of Washington" exhibition catalog at the Edwards Art Gallery.

2011     Illustrations for “One Mountain, Thousand Summits – The Untold Story of    Tragedy and True Heroism on K2” by Freddie Wilkinson, published by New American Library, a division of Penguin Press.

2008-2012    Founded and managed Grand Central Academy Blog, which quickly became a leading source of information in the global Atelier movement.

2007     My animation for Patagonia’s “Vote the Environment” campaign. This aired on the jumbo screen on Jack Johnson’s 2008 summer concert tour.

 

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

2015              First Place Cash Award at Mills Pond House Gallery, Saint James, NY

2015              Stobart Foundation Grant Recipient

2015              Telluride Mountainfilm Artist in Residence, Telluride, CO 

2015              Jentel Foundation Residency, Banner, WY (forthcoming)

2015              Glen Arbor Arts Association Residency, Glen Arbor, MI (forthcoming)

2013              Rabbit Island Residency, Calumet, MI

2011               Salmagundi Club, Membership, New York, NY

2009             Grand Central Academy, Alfred Ross Scholarship, New York, NY

2009-2013   Hudson River Fellowship Residency, Hunter, NY & Jackson, NH

2004             Vermont Studio Center Residency, Angel Award Fellowship, Johnson, VT

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017           Dacia Gallery, New York, NY

2015           Stronghouse Gallery, Telluride, CO

2014          Joes Cafe, Chelsea, New York, NY

2008          The Lizard Lounge, Portland, OR

2007          Rostel Gallery, Dunsmuir, CA

2005          Edwards Art Gallery, Plymouth, NH

2004          Climb High, Shelburne, VT

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016         Eleventh Street Arts, New York, NY

                  "Wrap Me Up" Winter Small Works Show

2016         SEABA Gallery, Burlington, VT

                  SEABA Member's Only Show

2015         National Women's Art Association, New York, NY

                 "Summer Small Works Exhibition"  

2015        Mills Pond House Gallery, Saint James, NY

                 "Power and Strength in Art"

2015        Dacia Gallery, New York, NY

                 "Figurative Exhibition"

2015        Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

                “Paperazzi”

2015        Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

                “Landscapes”

2014        Eleventh Street Arts, New York, NY

                “Inaugural Group Show”

2014        Edwards Art Gallery, Plymouth, NH

                “Contemporary Traditions”

2013        DeVos Museum of Art, Marquette, MI

                “Rabbit Island: Works and Research”

2013        The Drawing Room Gallery, Cos Cob, CT

                “En Plein Air”

2013        Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT

                “Small Works Show”

2012        The National Arts Club, New York, NY

                “Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club Show”

2012        The Grand Central Academy, New York, NY

                “Grand Central Academy Salon”

2012        Jackson Historical Society, Jackson, NH

                “The Hudson River Fellowship”

2011        Mill Street Loft ARTS, Beacon, NY

               “The Great Hudson River Exhibition”

2010        Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, Golden, CO

               “Alpine Styles”

2009       The Racquet & Tennis Club, New York, NY

               “Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America Benefit Auction”

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Bradford Washburn American Museum of Mountaineering, Golden, CO

Entre Prises USA, Bend, OR