Traver Gallery is pleased to welcome Jiyong Lee for his first solo show at the gallery titled Invisible Microcosm. Jiyong Lee’s segmentation series draws inspiration from his fascination with microcosms and the scientific study of cells. Intrigued by the process of cellular division and the journey of growth that begins with a single cell and culminates in the creation of life, Lee explores these themes in his artwork. Working primarily with glass, Lee utilizes its diverse qualities of transparency, translucency, and opacity to symbolize the known and unknown aspects of life science.
Jiyong Lee is a studio artist and educator who lives and works in Carbondale, Illinois. A professor of art at Southern Illinois University, Lee has headed the glass program there since 2005. Lee was born and raised in South Korea and earned his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and taught there for several years. As an instructor, he also has taught at the Pilchuck Glass School, the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Penland School of Crafts, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, the Domaine de Boisbuchet in France, Canberra Glassworks in Australia, Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin, Ireland, and various other art institutions and universities nationally and internationally. Lee has served as a member of the board of directors for the Glass Art Society from 2009-2015. He has won a number of honors, including 2021 Finalist of Loewe Foundation Craft Prize, Bavarian State Prize from International Trade Fair, Munich Germany, and the Emerging Artist Award from the Glass Art Society. His work has been featured in American Craft Magazine, Neues Glas (Germany), New Glass Review of Corning Museum of Glass, and American Art Collector. His work has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally with recent highlights including the Translucency exhibition in Tallinn Applied Art Triennial in Estonia, Loewe Foundation Craft Prize exhibition, and KOREA NOW exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, an acquisition by the Barry Art Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, and Chanel France.