Lee W. Bass was born in Madison in 1950, living in Arizona and California before returning home to the Midwest.  In 1982 she earned a B.F.A. in painting and textiles from the University of Wisconsin.  Later, she took on the roles of wife, mother, and gardener while working in raptor rehabilitation for the University of Minnesota for 15 years.

Lee has exhibited across the country including group shows in Texas and Vermont and a recent solo exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston, MA.  She was a Critical Mass finalist in 2017.  Her work is included in the collection at the Eastman House International Museum of Photography in Rochester,


Arbor and Frost (2017) Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA

Rfotofolio:INPrint (2017)

Photo Méthode Gallery, Houston TX(2017) 

Filter Photo Festival, Black Cloud Gallery,Chicago Il (2012)


Eastman House International Museum of Photography, Rochester NY


The SE Center of Photography, Shades of Black and WhiteTwo images selected, Received the Director’s Choice Award (2018)

Gallery, Honoring Trees, Juror Laura Valenti (2017)

RFOLOFOLIO, INPrint 2016, Juror Catherine Couturier (2016)

PhotoPlace Gallery, Black and White, Juror Dean Brierly (2016)

                        Poetic Objects, Juror Sue Lezon (2012)

                        In Your Dreams, Juror Susan Burnstine (2012)

Center for Photographic Art, Landscapes, Juror Chantel Paul (2015)


Black and White magazine, Portfolio Contest, Merit Award (2018)

Exposure, edited by Jeffery Aldrich, Signature Books (2012)