Lee W Bass was born in Madison, Wisconsin and grew up playing outside from dawn to dusk, spending several early adult years in Ecuador and Europe. She was a young woman of the sixties and walked acres of alfalfa looking for the five leaflet leaf. Lee lived in Arizona and California before returning to the Midwest, earning a B.F.A. in painting and textiles from the University if Wisconsin. Later, she took on the roles of wife, mother, gardener and worked in raptor rehabilitation for the University of Minnesota. She also was a licensed falconer, flying a red tail hawk in empty city lots chasing the elusive rabbit. Today she can be found playing with her granddaughter, walking the river bluffs near her home and striving to put their essence to photographic paper.
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. Her work is included in public collections including the Eastman House International Museum of Photography in Rochester, NY. Lee lives and works in Minneapolis.
Griffin Museum of Photography, Arbor and Frost, Winchester, MA, 2017
Photo Méthode Gallery, "INPrint Call 2016" Austin Texas, March 2017
RFOLOFOLIO, "InPrint 2016" Juror, Catherine Couturier
PhotoPlace Gallery 2016 "Black and White" Juror Dean Brierly
PhotoPlace Gallery 2012 “Poetic Objects” Juror, Sue Lezon
PhotoPlace Gallery 2012 "In Your Dreams” Juror, Susan Burnstine
Center for Photographic Art2015“Landscapes” Juror, Chantel Paul
FilterPhoto Festival2011, Chicago Illinois
Black and White, PhotoPlace, 2016
In Your Dreams, PhotoPlace, 2012
Poetic Objects, PhotoPlace, 2012
Exposure, Edited by Jeffery Aldrich, Signature Books, 2011
Eastman House International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY