Flounder Lee




2020–           PhD Art & Media (in progress), working title: Many Mundane Futures: Envisioning and Shaping More Just, More Sustainable Possibilities through Anti-Oppressive Art and Curatorial Practices

                                University of Plymouth, UK

Dr Anya Lewin (director), Dr Sana Murrani (second supervisor)

2007              Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, focus in photography/digital art

California State University Long Beach

Thesis Committee: Kyle Riedel, Todd Gray, Craig Cree Stone, and Doug Buis

2003              Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Photography (cum laude)

University of Florida; Gainesville

Studied under: Sergio Vega, Valerie Mendoza, and Barbara Jo Revelle


Selected Teaching Experience

2021–           Adjunct Professor; University of Florida

2017-2019  Associate Professor of Studio Art; American University in Dubai

2014-2017   Assistant Professor of Studio Art; American University in Dubai

2014              Principal Lecturer in Photography and Graphic Design Innovation;

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Cyberjaya, Malaysia

2007-2013   Assistant Professor of Photography and Intermedia; Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI,

Indianapolis, Indiana


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020-2021   Group Hug; The InsideOut; Sacramento, CA, USA

2019              Secondhand Market, 2178; Shangyuan Museum, Beijing, China

2012              Rise and Retreat; Sammaki Gallery; Battambang, Cambodia

2009              Re/Move; Foto, kino i video savez Vojvodine; Novi Sad, Serbia

2008              Own; Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life; Indianapolis, Indiana

2006              Self-Organized Mapping; Werby Gallery; Long Beach, California

2005              He Flew to Long Beach; Gallery Five; Long Beach, California


Selected Public Art and Commissions

2019              From Within; Al Diriyah, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; via Ministry of Culture

2018              Ishara: Signs, Symbols, and Shared Languages; Concrete, Alserkal Avenue Arts District, Dubai; via UAE

Unlimited, curated by Karim Sultan

2016              Just Deserts; Sikka Art Fair; Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood, Dubai; via Dubai Culture

2015              Pipeline; GMIS Launch; Al Ain, UAE; via UAE Ministry of Economy, United Nations Industrial

Development Organization

2015              Water Works; Sikka Art Fair; Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood, Dubai; via Dubai Culture

2014              Time Lapsed; Indianapolis International Airport

2013-2014   Mapping Mendenhall Glacier by Kayak 1 (Block); Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Center, Indianapolis

2011              Plymouth, Also; DXDX; Plymouth, England, UK

2010              Test Fest; Skiles Test Nature Park; Indianapolis, Indiana

2007-2008   Timed-Exposure; 31 S Meridian, Indianapolis, Indiana; Via the Arts Council of Indianapolis


Selected Exhibitions/Screenings/Performances

2022              Collaborative Ecosystems for a Sustainable World; Ars Electronica 2022 Festival, Linz, Austria

Kronos Art BCN; Palau Robert, Barcelona

La irrupció; part of Tools for a Warming Planet; Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona

2020              VI Festival de Video nodoCCS; Arteriet Gallery; Kristiansand, Norway

                       Creative Distancing: Even in Solitude Creativity Continues; Art Museum of South Texas

SPE WxSW Film Festival; online due to covid

Lost: Festival de Arte Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain (online due to covid)

2019              House of Failure; Tashkeel House, Al Fahidi, Dubai

2018              Tashkent Biennale VIII; Central Exhibition Hall; Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Dubai 2021; Satellite Gallery; Dubai

2017              Inverse Performance Arts Festival; live streamed to 21c Museum Hotel; Northwest Arkansas, USA

                       Transvideo: Borderless Image; Diagonal Gallery; Santurce, Puerto Rico

                       Quoz Arts Fest; Warehouse 61; Alserkal Arts District; Dubai

2016              Samples 2016 // Transvideo: Borderless Image; Aalto University Learning Centre; Finland

Conquistadores de lo inútil: Happy little trees…; Diorama Gallery, Mexico City

Festes de Gràcia VIII; UntitledBCN; Barcelona, Spain

Seven; UntitledBCN; Barcelona, Spain

2015              Liquid Cities: Video Art Festival; XY Gallery, New York City

                       Innovation Week; American University in Dubai

2014              The Right to Read: Censorship and the Books of Grove Press; The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN

Wanderlust; Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery

                       Let’s Talk about Love, Baby; Byers Gallery; Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio

2013              Banned; Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library; Indianapolis, Indiana

Shipp Kipp; The Bureau at the Hinge Building; Indianapolis, Indiana

                       The Self-Portrait Show; Indianapolis Arts Council 924 Gallery

                       Love Library; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art

2012              End of the World; Indy Indie Gallery; Indianapolis, Indiana

The Film Festival of Hendricks County; Royal Theater; Danville, Indiana

Smithsonian Folklife Festival; National Mall; Washington, DC

2011              Chopped and Stretched; Drift Station; Lincoln, Nebraska; Curated by Angeles Cossio & Jeff Thompson

Histories/Memories; Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival; Chicago, Illinois; curated by Drew Noble

2010              Barcelona Art Contemporani 11; Casa D’Art Santa Maria; Barcelona, Spain

                       Bewegterwind-Turbulenzen; Nationalparkzentrum Kellerwald; Vohl, Germany

                       Art Inspired by Science; Schneider Museum of Art, Curated by Michael Crane

2009              Glimpse of LA Photography; José Drudis-Biada Art Gallery, Mount St. Mary’s College

                       Pilgrimages through the Centuries; LeFevre Gallery, Ohio State University Newark

Low Lives; FiveMyles, Brooklyn, NY; Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, Florida, and labotanica,

Houston, TX (concurrent live performance telecast) juried by Jorge Rojas*

                       Mind the Gap; Harrison Center for the Arts; Indianapolis, Indiana

Listen: Experimental Music and Video; Big Car: Street Level; Indianapolis, Indiana

                       New Media Show; IU Kokomo Art Gallery; Kokomo, Indiana

2008              Bewegterwind-der Wind Formt; Twistetal-Gembeck, Hesse, Germany

Indy Fringe; 911 Mass Ave; Indianapolis, Indiana

                       Borderlands; South Seattle Community College Gallery; Washington

2007              Festival Internacional de Artes Digitales Citypulse; Auditorio Biblioteca de Santiago

                       Backscatter: All Photography Show; Create:Fixate Gallery, Hollywood, California

12th International Media Art Biennale WRO 07; National Museum, Wroclaw, Poland

In-Edit Fesitval; Buenos Aires, Argentina

Photography as Witness; University of Maine Art Gallery

                       LA’s Insurgents; Salon Oblique, Venice, California

Citypulse Lowell; 119 Gallery; Lowell, Massachusetts

Patagonia Electronica Festival; Punta Arenas, Chile

2006              Open 2006; Gallery 825; Los Angeles, California; Juror: Ann Philbin, Hammer Museum

Art, Technology, and Society; Digital Media Center; Santa Ana, California

OneMinute Film & Video Festival; Aarau, Switzerland

Design Week Osorno; Osorno, Chile

VideoMinutoPopTV; Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci; Prato, Italy

Santiago International MicroFilm Festival; Santiago, Chile

In-Edit Festival de Cine; Argentina

2005              The Show; Drawing & Painting Foyer, University of California Irvine

Los Angeles Art Festival; 305 Mateo


Selected Curatorial Work

2023              Curator; Aya Rodriguez-Izumi-Noboru; Pennant Place

                       Curator; Andy Li-Make Time in your Day to Watch the Sun as it Slowly Dances…; Pennant Place

Curator; Mia Cinelli-Penance; Pennant Place

2021              Curator; Mundane Futures Pavilion, the wrong biennale (online)

Co-Director; More Just, More Sustainable Futures 1.0: Artistic Research Symposium for PhD Students: Multiple Ecologies, Diverse Ontologies; University of Plymouth (Online)

2019              Curator; Crossings and Corridors: Linda Adele Goodine and Saba Qizilbash; NYUAD Project Space

Co-Curator; UAE Start 19; Rotunda Gallery; American University in Dubai

                       Curator; The Future is…Ordinary?; Shangyuan Art Museum, Beijing, China

2018              Curator; On this night, for the first time, something will happen…; Jean Paul Najar Foundation

Museum, Alserkal Avenue Arts District, Dubai

2016              Curator; Photography Live Student Exhibition; Dubai World Trade Center

2014              Co-Organizer; Feelings International Video Experience; American University in Dubai

Exhibition Supervisor; International Symposium on Electronic Art; American University in Dubai

2013              Curator; Eco-Logic: Artists’ Take on Environmental Changes; SpaceCamp MicroGallery; Indianapolis

Curator; Double Vision II-A Multi-Channel Video Festival; Herron School of Art

                       Curator; Zanne Andrea (UK): Solo Show; SpaceCamp MicroGallery; Indianapolis

                       Curator; Simon Frillici (Italy)- July 30th,1945; SpaceCamp MicroGallery; Indianapolis

2012              Curator; Ben Grosser: Speed of Reality; SpaceCamp MicroGallery; Indianapolis, Indiana

Curator; Out of Line; SpaceCamp MicroGallery; Indianapolis, Indiana

Curator; Jordan Bernier; SpaceCamp MicroGallery; Indianapolis, Indiana

Curator; On the Grid; Heartland Truly Moving Pictures

2011-2012   Curator; Mapable; SpaceCamp MicroGallery; Indianapolis, Indiana

2011              Curator; peeled: Letitia Quesenberry; SpaceCamp MicroGallery, Indianapolis

                       Curator; TPS Reports: Performance Documents; SpaceCamp MicroGallery, Indianapolis

Curator; Aerospacial; Frank and Katrina Basile Gallery, Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI

2010              Co-Curator; RetroFuturism; SpaceCamp MicroGallery, Indianapolis

2009              Co-Curator; Double Vision-A Dual Channel Video Festival; Herron School of Art

Curator; One Performative Night; Big Car Gallery, Indianapolis

2008              Curator; LA2ND; Biscuits and Gravy Gallery; Indianapolis, Indiana

2005              Co-Curator/Co-Founder; Greater LA MFA Exhibition (GLAMFA); Cal State Long Beach


Selected Articles by Others (Curatorial Work)

2019      Jumana Abdel-Razzaq, “NYUAD Art Gallery exhibition tackles sociopolitical themes through art”, Architectural Digest Middle East, March 6. (image)

2018      Nadine Khalil, “The Object of Performance”, Canvas Magazine, May/June 2018. (image)

2013      Stacey Mickelbart, “Review: Eco-Logic at SpaceCamp MicroGallery”, NUVO, 7 March 2013. (image)

2012      Janet Schneider, “First Friday at SpaceCamp MicroGallery”, Indianapolis Star, 7 September 2012.

Dan Grossman, “Jordan Bernier, ‘Slow Motions’”, NUVO, 13 March 2012. (image)

2011      Dan Grossman, “Review: ‘Mapable’ at SpaceCamp Gallery”, NUVO, 6 December 2011. (image)

Joseph Williams, “Review: Aerospacial at the Herron”, NUVO, 21 March 2011. (image)


Selected Articles by Others (Personal Work)

2023      Zoltán Somhegyi; “Flounder Lee;” Contemporary ID; Issue 17; p 12-13; March 2023. (images)

2019      Yelena Gluzman and Sophia Cleary (editors); Emergency Index: an Annual Document of Performance Practice, VOL. 7. (images)

“Enter Tashkeel’s House of Failure this Sikka edition”, Mena FN, Feb 25. (image)

2018      Lía Fernández Sangrador, “La Cartografía en el Arte…”, Thesis, Universidad d’ Salamanca, June. (image)

Joyti Kalsi, “The art of communicating”, Gulf News, March 7. (images)

Melissa Gronlund, “On how we communicate in the polyglot Gulf”, The National, March 7. (images)

Laura Egerton, “Ishara | Signs, Symbols and Shared Languages “, Selections, Curriculum Vitae #44.

“«إشارات ورموز» إبداعات تجسّد الإمارات واحة للتعايش , Al Bayan, March 10. (images)

Christine Baglo, “Dubais nye kunstboom”, Dagsavisen, March 27. (image)

Anna Seaman, “Ishara: Signs, Symbols and Shared Languages”, Art Africa, March 8. (images)

2017      “Flounder Lee: Videos”, LandEscape, Spring. (images)

2015      Dhanusha Gokulan, “Sikka Art Ushers in Two-Month Art Season”, Khaleej Times, 17 March 2015. (image)

Muhammad Yusuf, “Three’s Company”, The Gulf Today, 19 March 2015.

“Taking art to the common man at Sikka Art Fair”, Khaleej Times, 13 March 2015.

2014      Stigmart Team, “Flounder Lee”, Video Focus, 8th edition, Stigmart10 Press, October 2014. (images)

Fari Bradley, “Interference: New Media Art”, Six Pillars, Resonance 104.4FM London, UK.

2013      Jim Simmons, “Banned Books Week”, Art of the Matter TV, Episode 201, PBS/WFYI, November 5, 2013.

2012      Travis DiNicola, “Indiana Living Green”, Art of the Matter, NPR, WFYI, Indianapolis, February 24, Radio.

2011      Dan Grossman, “Flounder Lee’s Big Adventure”, NUVO, 30 November 2011. (newspaper cover)

Travis DiNicola, “Flounder Lee”, Art of the Matter, NPR, WFYI, Indianapolis, December 16-17, 2011, Radio.

Dan Grossman, “Flounder Lee’s (almost) astronaut life”, NUVO, 30 November 2011. (online only, image)

2010     Gretchen Becker, “Test Fest challenged artists to scour…”, Indianapolis Star, October 21.

2009      Ana Manojlovic, Interview for Hedonist. Panonija RTV, Novi Sad, Serbia. April 12.

Ana Manojlovic, Interview for Art-Box. Panonija RTV, Novi Sad, Serbia. April 2.

Michael Corbin, “Flounder Lee”, AbsoluteArts.com, April 4. (image)

Dan Grossman, “Mind the Gap”, NUVO, March 11.  (image)

Scott Grow, “Interview: Flounder Lee”, OnTheCusp.org, Jan 29. (image)

2008      Von Elmar Schulten, “Wind haucht Kunst Leben ein”, Frankenberger Zeitung, Number 192, August 18.

“Kunst im Wind”, Eider-Diemel TIPP, Nr. 33; August 16.

Jonathan Crow, “Flounder Lee”, TheMapRoom.com; July 14.

“Flounder Lee”, Cartophilia.com; July 15.

2007      Scott Otto, “Backscatter. Create:Fixate’s Annual All Photography Show”, Entertainment Today, August 2.

“Photography as Documentary”, Ellsworth American, March 26.

Alicia Anstead; “UMaine show puts focus on ‘Witness’”, Bangor Daily News, March 9.

Eryk Salvaggio, “Inside the Photographer’s Shoes”, Review in Maine Campus, February 15.

2006      Queena Kim, “New Art”, Interview on Off Ramp, KPCC Radio: Pasadena, California, Dec 30.

Kimberly Beil, “Open Show”, Review in Flavorpill LA Issue 198, December 12.


Selected Publications by Me

2022              Pak-Keung Wan; Contemporary Identities; Issue 16, Dec 2022

Mirabelle Jones; Contemporary Identities; Issue 14, June 2022

2021              Review: A Boundless Drop to a Boundless Ocean at the OMA; Number Magazine

2019              Zied Ben Romdhane: West of Life and Other Projects; Tribe: Photography and New Media from the Arab World; Issue 8; 2019. (cover)

Access/No Access; Jalal Bin Thaneya: Beyond the Fence Catalogue for exhibition at Tashkeel, Dubai

2016              Estabrak Al Ansari: Poetry, Beauty, and Power; Tribe: Photography and New Media from the Arab World; Issue 3; November 2016.

Lydia Ourahmane: Challenging Systems; Tribe: Photography and New Media from the Arab World; Issue 2; March 2016.

2015              Sea Level Rise Work; Artworksforchange.org; Summer 2015

2012              US-Tribal Treaties: December 26th, 1854; So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut

Memorial Library: Volume 1; Fall 2012

2011              Report from Venice: IMA’s Venice Biennale; NUVO; 9 June 2011. (image)


Selected Juror/Reviewer Service

2016              Grant Reviewer; Research Incentive Fund; College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University

2012-2013   Reviewer; Research Support Funds Grant, Office for the Vice Chancellor of Research, IUPUI

2012              Juror; Creative Divergents Winter Awards

Juror; Indianapolis Museum of Art’s My Snapshot

Reviewer; IUPUI Fulbright Panel

Reviewer; National Endowment for the Arts, Internal Submission, Indiana University

2010              Portfolio Reviewer; Society for Photographic Education Regional Conference, Denver

Juror; Bloomington Photo Club; Annual Show, Bloomington, Indiana

Juror; Indiana Association of School Principals-Prelude Awards; Indianapolis, Indiana

2009              Juror; Taylor University Photography Student Show; Upland, Indiana

2008              Professional Portfolio Reviewer; Society for Photographic Education National Conference


Selected Service

2022              Creative Head; Faculty Postgraduate Research Conference; University of Plymouth

2019              Mentor; Jala Bin Thaneya Critical Practice Program, Tashkeel

2016-2019   Coordinator; Studio Art and Foundations; American University in Dubai

2017-2019   Member; Research Committee; American University in Dubai

2014-2017   Member; Exhibition Committee; American University in Dubai

2014-2015   Faculty Advisor; Photography Club; American University in Dubai

2009-2012   Coordinator; Herron School of Art and Design, Fine Arts Department

2009-2012   Founding Council Member; IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute

2012-2013   Member; Student Affairs Committee, Herron School of Art and Design

2012-2013   Member; Basile Center Advisory Board

2012              Instructor; Workshop for local artists, Sammaki Gallery, Battambang, Cambodia

2011              Member; Faculty Search Technology Needs Task Force, Indiana University

2009-2010   Chair; Tenure Track Photography Professor Search; Herron School of Art and Design

2007-2009   Visiting Artist and Exhibition Committee; Herron School of Art

2004-2005   President; Graduate Art Students Association; Cal State Long Beach


Selected Classes Taught



Studio I: Photography and Intermedia

Studio III: Photography and Intermedia

Visual Research I



Senior Project (Interdisciplinary)

Studio Art Seminar and Studio Thesis (senior)

Photography I, II, III, and IV

Advanced Photography (senior)

Printmaking I (all levels)

Computer Graphics I and II (foundations and second year)

Creative Processes (foundations)

Color Photography I and II (junior)

History of Photography (all levels)

Performance and Installation Studio/Performance Art (junior/senior)

Time-Based Art/Video Art (all levels)

Fundamentals of Web Design (junior/senior)

Advocacy, Activism, and Engagement in Art (all levels)

World Studio—Study Abroad in Germany and Switzerland (all levels)

A Critical Approach to Art (Fine Arts Department Capstone Class)


Selected Continuing Education

Node Center for Curatorial Studies— Queer Art and Queer Curating; Decolonizing Curatorial and Artistic Practices; Curating Performance Art: from Concept to Practice; Career Pathways for Curators and Cultural Managers; Curating in Art, Science and Technology

Coursera—3D Printing Software (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); From the Big Bang to Dark Energy (University of Tokyo); Highlights of Modern Astronomy (University of Rochester); The Science and Technology behind Astronomical Discovery (University of Edinburgh); Introduction to Algae (University of California San Diego)

Indiana University (IUPUI)—Introduction to Oceanography; Music for Film; Introduction to 3D; Visual Basic Programming; Introduction to Symbolic Logic; Web Site Design; Music and Computers; Accounting and Business Environments; Intro to Business and Management; Environmental Geology; Personal Law; Intro to Human Geography; Marketing and Society; and Literary Masterpieces


Selected Guest Lectures/Panels

2023      Poster Presentation: Artful maps: exploring the visual culture of cartography; Oxford University, UK

Pennant Place; About Place Symposium; University of Plymouth, UK

2021      Mundane Devices from the Future; WiGiP/GiP Conference on Intercultural Philosophy: Demarginalizing Futures; online due to covid

2019      The Artist and Failure; Tashkeel House, Dubai; Moderator

2018      Practicing Art in the UAE; Concrete; Alserkal Avenue, Dubai; Panel

Artists and Curator in Conversation; Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai; Chair: Bana Kattan, NYUAD

2017      Changing Lenses: Contemporary Photography and New Media from the Arab World; College Art Association Annual Conference, New York City; Chairs: Janet Belloto and Woodman Taylor

Flounder Lee: Residency and Open Studio; Tentacles Art Space; Bangkok, Thailand

2016      out|side: scholarly approaches to art; The Jamjar; Dubai; Moderated by Beth Derderian

Will Analogue Photo Go Extinct; Photography Live; Dubai World Trade Center; Moderated by Khaled Abul Wahab; Panelist with Jalal Bin Thaneya and Pankaj Shah.

Looking at your Past to Plan Long-Term; Photography Live; DWTC; Main Stage Presentation (solo).

2014      Interference; The Farjam Foundation; Dubai, UAE; Gallery walkthrough for exhibition

2012      Intersections: Art, Science, and the Environment; Mid America CAA panelist; Detroit, Michigan

2011      Flounder Lee: Grad School and Beyond; University of Alaska South

2010      7 Simultaneous Lecturers: Indy Arts and Globalization; Clowes Auditorium

2009      Mind the Gap; Harrison Center for the Arts; Indianapolis, Indiana

2008      Remapping History; Mid America CAA panel co-chair with Sarah Kanouse

The Role of Classical Practices in the Digital Age; Mid America Print Council; Fargo, North Dakota

Grenzwanderung; National Park Zentrum; Herzhausen, Germany


Selected Honors/Awards/Grants/Residencies

2022-2023   Inclusive Curatorial Practices; Node Center for Curatorial Studies (11-month program)

2019              Residencia Corazon Artist Residency; Buenos Aires, Argentina

                       Shangyuan Museum Artist Residency; Beijing, China (June-September)

2018              Listhus Artist Residency; Olafsfjordur, Iceland

2017              Tentacles/Surface Arts Residency; Bangkok, Thailand

2016-2017   Campus Art Dubai; Core Member (6-month program)

2016              UntitledBCN Artist Residency; Barcelona, Spain

2015              Odysseys Artist Residency; San Ramon, Costa Rica

Provost’s Award for Creativity in Design and Visual Arts; American University in Dubai

2012-2013   IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute Grant; Curating Environmental Art; PI

2012              Indiana University Vice President for International Affairs Language Learning Grant; PI

New Frontiers Exploratory Traveling Fellowship; Sea Level Rise in Thailand; PI

2011              Research Support Funds Grant; Lens-Based Mapping of the Juneau Icefield Glacial Retreat; PI

Release Time for Research; Four external funding sources…Installation, Residency, and Grants; PI

2010              Overseas Study Program Development Grants, IU OVPIA; World Studio, Hesse, Germany; Co-PI

2008              New Frontiers Exploratory Traveling Fellowship; Remap, Reclaim Europe; PI



Professional Organizations/Research Groups

(current and past)

Arts Research Network

Independent Curators International

Society for Photographic Education

New Media Caucus

College Art Association


Mid America Print Council


Selected Collections and Portfolios

UAE Unlimited/Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction; Bloomington, Indiana

Jeremy Efroymson; Indianapolis, Indiana

Private Collections; Los Angeles, CA

Common Terrain Portfolio

Cut the Line Portfolio