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Thaniel Ion Lee is an artist that works in multiple mediums. For the last 16 years he has been exploring various processes and thought experiments that are meant to help the viewer see outside their normal point of view. He is in multiple local and international collections. He has been featured in shows at the Speed Museum in Louisville, KY , Dubai (United Arab Emirates) , the United Kingdom and Santa Barbara, CA.

He currently represented by Swanson Contemporary in Louisville, ky


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b. 1976 in Portsmouth, Virginia
Lives and works in Louisville, KY

Solo Exhibitions 

2016 New Cosmic Horrors, SBCAST, Santa Barbara, CA

2015 Dimensions Variable, Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2013 I Guarantee You Will Be Disappointed, Swanson  Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2012 Works On Canvas , Kentucky School Of Art , Louisville, KY

2012 Monsters and Entities, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN

2011 An Imperfect Circle, curated by Maiza Hixson, Swanson Reed Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2010 Tips, Tools, and Resources for Pursuing a Career in the Arts, New Albany, IN 

2009 Hyper Pretty, Gallery Two Sixteen, New Albany, IN 

2008 All Your Questions Will Be Answered, Swanson Reed Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2007 Sex, Politics and Religion, Swanson Reed Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2006 The Importance of Knowing One’s Self, enROUTE gallery, Indianapolis IN

2005 To Find Comfort in One’s Own Skin, Swanson Reed Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2003 Document, Artswatch, Louisville, KY 

2000 Handscapes, The Howard/Minton room at Indiana University Southeast New Albany IN

Group Exhibitions 

2016 Artist: Body , Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY

2014 WORD. OBJECT. , Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2014 PRESS , Kentucky Museum of Arts and Craft, Louisville, KY

2014 Identity traveling exhibit , various locations, KY

2013 Welcome Neighbors - ART FROM NULU, the Speed museum, Louisville, KY

2013 New evoLOUtion, the BROWN gallery, Louisville, KY

2013 Public@PUBLIC, LVAA, Louisville, KY

2012 Unititled Group show, Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2012 Painted Portraits - City/Self , Carnegie Center for Art and History. New Albany, IN

2012 Under Cover , Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2011 Resound Festival, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

2010 The Creativity Rising Project, The Phoenix Hill Neighborhood, Louisville, KY

2010 1st Doodle and Sketch Art Invitational, Derby City Espresso, Louisville, KY

2010 Trees Are Poems, Gallery 227, Louisville, KY

2010 He Said She Said, River Bend Winery, Louisville, KY

2009 KY Jelly, Swanson Reed Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2009 Body and Soul with Dylan Mortimer, Swanson Reed Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2009 Press ON with Paul Neufelder, enROUTE gallery, Indianapolis, IN 

2008 Inner Noise, Caladan Gallery, Cambridge, MA

2008 Annual Artist Showcase, Actors Theater of Louisville, Louisville, KY

2008 Imagine, Art Auction for St. Francis High School, Louisville, KY

2007 Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Seattle, WA 

2007 Kentucky Eye & Ear Kontrol IV, Butcher Block Gallery, Louisville, KY

2007 Different Strokes For Different Folks with Paul Neufelder, Arthur M. Glick JCC, Indianapolis, IN 

2006 In My Skin: Self Portraits, Brewhouse Space, 101 Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 

2005 Annual Artist Showcase, Actors Theater of Louisville, Louisville, KY

2005 M: Art After Minimalism, Swanson Reed Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2004 The Language of Adam, New Center for Contemporary Art, Louisville, KY

2003 Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow [Repeat], Swanson Reed Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2003 Kentucky National, The Clara Eagle Gallery at Murray State University, Murray, KY

2003 New Artist, New Work, New Name, Swanson Reed Contemporary, Louisville, KY

2002 Thaniel Ion Lee and Paul Neufelder, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN 

2002 cuntcorpusgimp with Beth Teaford, Artswatch, Louisville, KY 


2007 Polaroid Corporation, Frame Donation

2007 Very Special Arts of Indiana, Artistic Development Grant

University of Louisville, KY

Very Special Arts of Indiana, IN Indiana University Southeast Library, IN

Private Collection, Louisville, KY Private Collection, Indianapolis, IN


Montecio journal, 2016

The Louisville Courier Journal newspaper, 2011

Adondelaviste, online review, 2010

Supersonic Electronic, online review, 2010

A Drink Of Iced Tea, online review, 2009

Wooster Collective, online review, 2009

Villionaire: Louisville's Rich Arts Culture, 2009

Slash Seconds Magazine, 2009

Color Of Darkness, online review, 2009

Louisville’s Eccentric Observer Magazine, 2008

Louisville’s Eccentric Observer Magazine, 2007

Flying Colours, online review, 2007

The Aesthetic Poetic online review, 2007

Davide Gazzotti online review, 2007

SiouxWIRE, online review, 2007

La Meta Oscura online review, 2007

Wooster Collective online review, 2007

The Louisville Courier Journal newspaper, 2004

Horizon, 2000


Indiana University Southeast, 1995 – 2003, undergraduate study in Fine Arts


Very Special Arts of Indiana, Position – Teaching Artist In Residency


2010 Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY