Lee Walton is an artist with an expanded practice that includes drawing, performance and social practice. Walton experiential art works employ system of rule, chance and open collaboration. Lee works with museums, institutions, universities and cities from around the world to develops participatory public events, leads workshops, exhibit and educate.
Walton is a Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Director of Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice and Director of Graduate Program in Art. In 2016, he worked directly with Adam Carlin and Lawrence Jenkens to develop the (GPS) Greensboro Project Space, a place that celebrates public life through art, culture and education.
Fall of 2019, Walton co-organized (with Pedro Lasch) Emergent Future: State of the Field, an iteration of Open Engagement, Annual Conference on Art and Social Practice. 3 days of exchange hosted by Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNCG.
Masters in Fine Art from the California College of Arts in 2000. Professional printer at Crown Point Press in San Francisco, from 1999-2001. Invited to attend professional workshops Center For Artistic Activism; Open Society Foundations and Internet For Artists; Creative Time.
Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.(2007-present) Courses taught range new media, video, performance art, print-media, intaglio, web design, participatory art, and social practice. Instructor of the Laboratory course at Parsons the New School for Design, New York. (2006-7) This experimental course explored research methods and design with focus on public space and technology interaction. Studio Program Coordinator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. (2005-2006) Developed studio program and curriculum for On-Site Education Program.
Lectures and Artist Talks
Selected invitations include Carnegie Mellon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Portland State University, Parsons, The New School For Art and Design, Art Institute of Boston, Sarah Lawrence College, Haverford College, Maryland Institute College of Art, The Kitchen (NY), University of Ulster (Belfast, Ireland), San Francisco State University, San Francisco Art Institute, and Emory University.
Selected Honors and Awards
Teaching Excellence Award (Nominee, 2013 and 2016), Betty Cone Medal of Arts Award (Nominee, 2011) in the College of Arts & Sciences, UNCG. Year in Review Awards (2011), by Americans for the Arts for top 50 most outstanding public art projects of the year. In collaboration with Jon Rubin. Selected artist from 100 Years of California College of the Arts(2007). S.J. Truman Award, National Academy Museum, New York. (2006)
Exhibitions and Projects
Notable solo-exhibitions venues include; Kraushaar Galleries (New York, NY), Olson Gallery, Bethel University, (Saint Paul, MN), RAYGUN LAB, Toowoomba, Australia, Crisp-Ellert Art Museum (St. Augustine, Florida), 667 Shotwell, (San Francisco, CA).
Selected group exhibitions include; Buildering, Misbehaving The City, Baffler Art Museum . More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing Since the 1990s Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina, (Chapel Hill, NC), Liquid Light, Knoxville Museum of Art, (Knoxville, TN), Hotel Maria Kapel (Hoorn, Netherlands),Eyebeam, (New York, NY), Haskins Laboratory at the Yale Research Center (New Haven, CT), The Power Plant, (Toronto, Canada), Schroeder Romero Gallery, (New York, NY), The City Museum of Ljubljana, (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Naples Museum of Art, (Naples, Florida), Artists Space, (New York, NY), Columbus Museum, (Columbus, Georgia),Telfair Museum of Art, (Savannah, Georgia), Knoxville Museum of Art, (Knoxville, Tennessee), Oakland Museum of California, (Oakland, CA), Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, (New York, NY), Island #6 Art Center, (Shanghai, China), National Academy Museum, (New York, NY), White Columns, (New York, NY).
Selected Net Art Projects
Recognized as a pioneer of web-based participatory art. Red Ball: San Francisco (2001) explored social media, daily video logging (now know as vlogging), and online voting. Other projects that utilize the social aspects of the web include, One Shot A Day (2003), Free Throw Competition with Shaquille O’Neal (2005), Wappenings (2005-present), and F’Book, What My Friends Are Doing On Facebook (2009).
Press and Book Publications
Articles and reviews range the New York Times, Art News, SF Moma, Art Forum, Monopol Magazine (Berlin) and Rhizome.
“Mapping: A Critical Introduction to Cartography and GIS” By Jeremy W. Crampton Blackwell Publishing; “Net Works: Case Studies of Web Projects” by Burrough, Xtine. Routledge; Text Book; “More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s”, by Claire Schneider; “Walking and Mapping: Artists as Cartographers” by Karen O’Rourke published by MIT Press. The Experiential Project published by Art In General
Martin Z. Margulies Warehouse, Public Collection, Miami, FL Hood Museum at Dartmouth, Permanent Collection, New Hampshire Knoxville Museum of Art, Permanent Collection, Knoxville, TN The Columbus Museum, Permanent Collection, Columbus, GA Reykjavik Art Museum, Permanent Collection, Reykjavik, Iceland Arkansas Arts Center, Permanent Collections, Little Rock, AR Deutsche Bank Collection, Private Collection, New York, NY David Ross, Private Video Collection Regan Grusy, Private Video Collection Marisa S. Olson, Curator, Rhizome, NY Heather Marx and Steve Zavattero, Private Collection Ken Knabb, City System, Personal Collection. Leif Bjelland, Private Collection Jeannene Przyblyski, S.F.B.U.S., Permanent Collection and Archive California College of Arts, Print Collection James T. Dyke Collection, Private Collection, Little Rock, AR The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The First Annual Printable Principles of Dialogue Print Portfolio, New York, NY.