Katherine Akey Lee

Katherine Akey Lee
Professorial Lecturer, Photography, Fine Arts Studio Arts Program
Smith Hall of Art, Rm. 207 A, 801 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20052
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Katherine was raised between Richmond, Virginia and Athens, Greece. Her work about polar exploration, World War I and early aviation is inspired in part by her experiences as the daughter of archaeologists. 


Current Outside Position

Katherine was recently a Fellow with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs program The Living Legacy of WW1, and is a working artist, having recent solo exhibitions at Hillyer and Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery and upcoming exhibitions at Fort Worth Community Arts Center in Fort Worth, Texas and Art Space Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.


2020-2021 Artist in Residence, Artist Residency in Motherhood
2020 Correspondent with Call Centre, Allenheads Contemporary Arts
2017 – Fellow, The Living Legacy of World War One at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
2016 – i think of thee as i gaze at the sea, Flamingo Publications
2015 – Arctic Circle Residency in Svalbard, Norway
2014 – Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found, Researcher for Marvin Heiferman
2012 – 2014 International Center of Photography Director’s Fellowship



BA in Psycholinguistics, New York Universtiy
MFA in Photography, the International Center of Photography

Professional Organizations

  • Washington Project for the Arts, Member
  • The Explorers Club, Member