County: King County
GAP Award 2019
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Susie Lee is an artist, entrepreneur, a convener of community, and a small human nurturer. A graduate of Yale, Columbia and UW with degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, education, and art, she researched diabetes, taught chemistry in the NYC public schools, got into medical school, then veered off into sculpture and start-ups. Her focus is on technology and art that amplify human endeavors. She is currently a co-founder of an AI-powered storytelling start up and the executive director of an artistic child-centered organization, Thingyverse, that will create the US’s first performance festival for babies. Susie previously founded a feminist dating app that landed on the front page of The Seattle Times, and her video portraits of residents at an end of life care center and oil workers in the fracking fields have been recognized by a Stranger Genius award, Bronson Fellowship, featured on PBS, and collected by numerous museums around the country. She embarks the second half of her life with her daughter, Hana, who firmly takes her hand on the kinds of adventures one sees in the best children’s books.
Susie received 2019 GAP Award funding for The Small Human Festival, the US’s first performance festival for babies and toddlers in partnership with On the Boards. This essential funding will give her the needed time (in the form of child care – essential for parent artists) to convene this ground-breaking festival of new works created by an amazing group of local artists.
Artist External Links
Thingyverse Productions, The More You Look: An Experimental Baby Opera, 2018, Photo: Che Sehyun
Siren, software start up, 2014-2018, Photo: Geekwire
Night's Little Cake, set design, 2018. Photo: Ying Zhou