Lee and Freid

About Lee Mingwei:

Born in Taipei in 1964 to political dissidents, Lee Mingwei has a dual Buddhist-Catholic background. As a child he spent summers at a Ch'an (the Chinese ancestor of Zen) monastery where he learned the simple power of concentrating on daily activities. Lee then came to live in the United States and attended a Benedictine high school in California. He went on to study textile arts at the California College of Arts and Crafts, earning a BFA in Textile Arts in 1993 and receiving an MFA in Sculpture from Yale Graduate School of Fine Arts in 1997. Within a year he had his first solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Lee has since had solo exhibitions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and The Los Angeles County Museum. He has also participated in both the Venice and the Whitney Biennials. Lee has been an artist in residence at Acadia Summer Art Program in Maine, the Oxbow School in Napa California and was a visiting artist at DiJian University in Taipei, Taiwan. Some of his more recent projects include Guernica in Sand, a mixed media interactive installation for the Albion Gallery in London; Fabric of Memory, a mixed media interactive installation for the 2006 Liverpool Biennial at the Tate in London, and Artists as Residents for the Echigo-Tsumari Art triennial in Japan. Lee currently lives and works in New York City and Berkeley, California.

About Stephen Freid

Stephan Freid is an award winning and published architect whose work bridges both large scale public projects and intimate residential work.Throughout his 28 years as a practicing architect, Freid served as a partner in a major international firm designing and managing complex science and technology research and educational buildings for public and private clients with an emphasis on sustainable design. He frequently collaborates with artists and arts institutions and believes the main purpose of architecture is to enhance quality of life by uplifting the human spirit and provide meaning and insight into daily life.