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.”
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
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 Patagonia, Gamblin 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
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
2015 Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
2014 Eleventh Street Arts, New York, NY
“Inaugural Group Show”
2014 Edwards Art Gallery, Plymouth, NH
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
2009 The Racquet & Tennis Club, New York, NY
“Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America Benefit Auction”
Bradford Washburn American Museum of Mountaineering, Golden, CO
Entre Prises USA, Bend, OR