Ashlyn Lee

b. 1996 | Dallas, Tx



Ashlyn Lee was born in Dallas, Tx and raised in rural Sanger, Tx. Lee currently serves as the gallery manager for Galerie Frank Elbaz in Dallas, Tx while pursuing her MFA in Studio Art at Southern Methodist University.



MFA Candidate, Southern Methodist University (2019)

BFA, magna cum laude, Texas Woman's University (2016)


Select Exhibitions: 

What is the Opposite of a Computer, Inner Space: A Chamber Gallery, Dallas, Tx (2018)

MFA Invite curated by Members of 500X Gallery, 500x Gallery, Dallas, Tx (2018)

Knick Knack curated by Betsey Gravatt, Voertman's Gallery, Denton, TX (2017)

Six curated by Nathan Madrid, Art Room Gallery, Fort Worth, TX (2016)

Points of Views Lazy Susan Gallery, NYC (2016)

9x12 Works on Paper Show Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX (2016)



SOMA Summer, Mexico City, Mexico (2018)

  • A unique eight-week program for international artists, curators, critics, and art historians, conducted in English in Mexico City.

    SOMA Summer introduces participants to the dynamic art scene of Mexico City through visits to museums, openings, and artists’ studios. Designed to promote intense creative work and open dialogue, the program is built around a series of seminars and workshops led by renowned Mexican and international artists and curators. Participants meet weekly for individual critiques and discussion, as well as public events, site visits, and other activities in and around Mexico City. SOMA is a space for reconsideration and reflection. Each SOMA Summer is organized around a specific conceptual framework that provides a compelling platform for artists who want to critically analyze their work, while developing new ideas. 


Recent Curatorial, Art Handling, Event Planning, and Teaching Experience: 

Gallery Manager, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Dallas, Texas

  • Research, daily operations, liaison between artists and collectors, educator, archival and exhibition design.

Curatorial Assistant/Intern, Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, under direction of Sofia Bastidas (2017 - )

  • BFA Qualifying Exhibition, curated by Ashlyn Lee

I approached the BFA Qualifying Exhibition with a curatorial task of uniting work from seven different artists. The exhibition featured over fifteen paintings, thirty ceramic works, an audio installation, and a video installation on a temporary wall. 

  • Gage Peer MFA Qualifying Exhibition, curated by Ashlyn Lee

"In Peer's recent videos and photographs, his tattooed back is scraped first with steel wool wrapped in deerskin, and then in steel wool covered in dirt collected near his mother's home in Abiquiú, New Mexico. This series of works is dedicated to his mother who, as the only blonde of six children of Mexican, Comanche and Swedish decent, 'struggled with her relation to self, her self to her family and her self to her culture most of her life,' and chose not to teach her three children Spanish" an excerpt from Again Scraped by Dr. Anna Lovatt. Gage Peer MFA Qualifying Exhibition consisted of four single channel looped video installations, large prints of photography and poetry mounted on plywood, two 6' x 6' x 2' platforms featuring text to be read upon platforms and underneath, and five sculptures/remnants of performance. 

  • SMU OPEN STUDIOS, curated and managed by Ashlyn Lee

For the first inaugural Open Studios event I proposed a collaboration of undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and students from other departments (outside of fine arts) to exhibit their work to the public of Dallas. Over sixty students participated and filled four floors with various types of work. In the main 'gallery' area SMU alumnus and artist Shelby David Meier served as guest DJ. Graduate and undergraduate students opened their studios for an insider look at processes, concepts, and technique. Writer Lyndsay Knecht covered the event here for D Magazine. 

  • WIDE OPEN a Port to Port Research Exhibition, curated by Sofia Bastidas and Guillermo León Gómez

WIDE OPEN is co-curated by Pollock Gallery curator Sofia Bastidas and New York-based urbanist Guillermo León Gómez as part of their ongoing curatorial initiative Port to Port, a projected interested in how urban zones are globally networked through processes of economic investment and trade, facilitated and accelerated by telecommunications and finance. WIDE OPEN surveys these issues in multiple scales from macro to meso -depicted through varied mediums in the exhibition featuring artists: Armin Mühsam, Ursula Biemann, Liam Young, Rebecca Moss, Marcos Agudelo, Tamir Zadok, More&More Unlimited (An Illogistics Company), and ephemera and historical documents from the SMU Degoyler Library Archives from The Edward C. Fritz Archives

  • Acts of Aggression, curated by Laura A. L. Wellen, Ph. D

Acts of Aggression is about how we connect with each other, how we break those connections, and how we define and redefine our chosen intimacies. This exhibition is about intimacy, about loss, about play and humor, about imagining others, about indignation and discomfort, about solitude, about friendship, and about being stuck together, even when everything falls apart. Or maybe, especially, when everything falls apart. 

Teaching Assistant, Narrative, Southern Methodist University, under direction of Eileen Maxson (2018)

Course consisted of fourteen freshman art students. Favorite teaching moment: Each day students wrote 'pages' a form developed from Miranda July; stream of conscious writing from a topic chosen each day by professors, time limit 15 minutes. Professors did not read entries and students used entries as a brainstorm for final video project. 

Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Sculpture, Southern Methodist University, under direction of Brian Molanphy (2017)

Course consisted of eleven students ranging from art majors to business, various years. Favorite teaching moment: Training and leading students through use of the plexiglass laser cutter.