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. 


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