Lee Weiss (1928 - 2018)

Birth date: 1928 Death date: 11/26/2018  
Birth location: Inglewood, California Death location: Madison, Wisconsin  
Media: Painting , Painting / W/C & Acrylic Web site: http://www.leeweiss.com
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Lee Weiss
Born 1928 in Inglewood, California
Resides in Madison, Wisconsin
A former interior designer in the San Francisco Bay area, Lee Weiss moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 1962 with her husband, Professor Leonard Weiss. In California she studied color theory, design and drawing at the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland from 1946-47.  In 1957, she worked with Nels Eric Oback at San Jose State College and in 1958 attended critiques with Alexander Nepote. She then began to work in watercolor and, before leaving California, participated in juried exhibitions. After winning several top awards, she had a solo show at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in 1962.

In Madison, as a busy mother of four young children, she continued to paint at night and to refine her technique. She developed innovative monoprinting and color lifting methods to layer washes of mixed colors while creating unique textures and shapes. She then added details later, from memory, to represent close-up views of subjects in the natural world. Today, she continues to paint and to experiment. She states, “I like the unexpected. All these years of working with watercolor have been constant discovery.”

In a long career, Lee Weiss has mounted over 90 solo exhibitions and has been represented in every major American watercolor exhibition. Her work has been reproduced and published in books and prominent watercolor periodicals. She is a member of the National Watercolor Society, received a lifetime achievement award from the Watercolor USA Honor Society, a Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society, a Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Art and Letters, and a life member of Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors. Represented by galleries, museum and corporate collections from New York to California, she continues to paint in her studio in Madison, Wisconsin.

Selected One-Person Exhibitions

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1963 University of Wisconsin, Madison, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minnesota 
1964  Saginaw Museum of Art, Michigan 
1965 Milwaukee Art Center, Kenosha Public Museum, Wisconsin 
1967, 1973
 Madison Art Center, Wisconsin
1968  Bergstrom Art Center, Neenah, Wisconsin 
1972,1987  Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, Wisconsin 
1974 San Jose Museum of Art, California
1982 Mac Nider Museum, Mason City, Iowa
1984 Springfield Art Center, Ohio
1981 Ozaukee Art Center, Wisconsin (also 1988 and 1995)
1985 Rahr-West Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
1987 25 Year Retrospective, Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, Wisconsin
1988 West Bend Gallery of Fine Art, Wisconsin
1989 Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1996 Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin
2003 Semi-Retrospective, Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee
2004 Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

Selected Group Exhibitions

National Gallery of Art, Phillips Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1979  American Watercolorists, Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 
1981  Six Distinguished Wisconsin Watercolorists, Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee 
1983 Las Vegas Museum of Art 
1986  Layering: an Art of Time and Space, Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico 
1987  Aquarelles Americaines, Chateau de Tours, France 
Setagaya Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan 
1993 Watercolor Now, Salt Lake Art Center, Utah
2000 Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama
2002 Tomioka Museum, Tokyo, Japan
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