Honore Lee was raised and educated in Michigan where she studied painting, mixed media art, and art history at Western Michigan University. She received her Masters of Art in 1994 and has continued a studio practice that includes teaching at the college level and gallery representation.

Since 2009, Lee has served as an Adjunct Professor of Humanities and Art at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. In 2001, Lee became a certified Aesthetic Education Teaching Artist through the Lincoln Center Institute of Education. Since then she has worked with the Education for the Art’s program in Kalamazoo, Michigan in partnership with Lincoln Center trained educators in schools throughout Kalamazoo County integrating arts programming with school curriculum.

In 2015, Lee received a KADI grant from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo to support a body of work, “After Image” exploring identity and ancestry. She has received numerous grants throughout her career as both an educator and an artist. Numerous solo and group invitational and juried exhibitions include, San Diego Book Arts Center, University of Texas, Austin, South Bend Art Center, Muskegon Museum of Art, the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan, the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Her mixed media work has won many awards throughout her career and is included in numerous public and private collections throughout the US. Lee’s work has been represented in galleries such as LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Mary Bell, Gallery KH, and Woman Made galleries in Chicago, Center of the Earth in Charlotte, NC, Richard James in Charleston, SC and River Gallery in Chelsea, MI.

Since 1985, Lee has worked as an art reviewer and critic with the Kalamazoo Gazette, providing critical coverage for venues such as the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and the Richmond Center of Art at Western Michigan University. She also works as a research writer for the Education for the Arts’ Aesthetic Education program.



1985 ---   BS, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.  Painting - Art - History


1993 ---   BFA, Western Michigan University


1996 ---   MA, WMU.  Painting


2009 ---  Art & Humanities Instructor
Humanities Dept., Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Courses: Modern Culture and the Arts, Art History


Arts Correspondent, Kalamazoo Gazette. Visual Arts Exhibitions Reviewer. Articles available on request.


Research Writing, Education for the Arts (EFA) Teacher's manual research: "Window on the Works". Manual is developed for program repertoire selections.


2005-2013 ---
Kalamazoo Arts Integration Initiative (KAII) with Kalamazoo Public Schools. Teaching Artist. A collaborative program with classroom teachers to develop and implement curriculum connected arts integration programming.


GEAR-UP program/Western Michigan University/Kalamazoo Public Schools. Summer Art camp instructor.  Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts


2001 ---   Education for the Arts’ Teaching Artist/KRESA.
Aesthetic Education Program.  Developed through the Lincoln Center Institute for Education, NYC. Arts Appreciation programming in a classroom context. Collaborative with classroom teachers.


1995 ---   Honore Lee Studio. Kalamazoo, MI. honorelee.com
Owner/Operator of arts studio, working with painting, collage, and bookarts.


1995-2002 --- Gallery Director
Fontana ChamberArts. Summer Music and Arts Festival exhibitions curator and coordinator.


1993-94 --- Research Assistant
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Designed and implemented a research project regarding on-campus arts programming.


1989-92 --- Art instructor.
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI. Children’s art camp instructor. Taught drawing courses for adults and teens.


1984-92 --- Arts Coordinator.
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. ARTreach (outreach) Program, Upjohn Exhibitions Program and Corporate Benefactor Program.  Coordinated all aspects of out-of-building exhibitions programs. Worked with KIA museum staff, curator, and volunteer as well as area educators and corporate administrators.


1983-92 --- Arts Correspondent, Kalamazoo Gazette.


1983-85 --- Gallery Director
Kingscott Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI.  Coordinated and curated exhibitions in an architectural firm.


1982-84 --- Art Director
Deering Enterprises.  Kalamazoo, MI.  Coordinated student exhibitions and artists’ receptions in three Kalamazoo restaurants.


2019 ---   Arts Immersion in Ireland. Studying Plein-air drawing in the Burren region of West Ireland. Focus on geological forms in the landscape and architecture.


2004-2019 --- Summer Institute. Education for the Arts/Lincoln Center Insitute Advanced Teaching Artist /Educator's Training. Kalamazoo, MI.


2014 ---  Encaustic Workshop with Barbara Ellmann. EFA Educator's Grant recipient.


2011 ---   Faculty Cohort Seminar on curriculum development, evaluation protocol. KVCC. Grant Chandler and Nora Evers, facilitators.

Oxbow Artist Retreat, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, MI

Handmade Artists books with Brigitte Elmer

Encaustic painting with Christie Dietz


2005 ---  KRESA.  A+ Schools Training in Arts Integration methodology.

KRESA/ Lincoln Center Institute for Education. Teaching Artist Mentoring Program (TAMP) National Conference for Lincoln Center Teaching Artists


2003 ---  Oxbow Artist Retreat. Book Structures with Andrea Peterman


2002 ---  Lincoln Center Institute for Education, New York. Advanced Training for Teaching Artists, Visual Arts Programming.


2001 ---  KRESA/Lincoln Center Institute for Education.  Teaching Artist Training


Red on Blue Gallery --- Glen, MI

Woman Made Gallery --- Chicago, IL

Ninth Wave Gallery --- Kalamazoo, MI

Water Street Gallery --- Saugatuck, MI

Synchronicity Gallery --- Glen Arbor, MI

Midtown Gallery --- Kalamazoo, MI

Center for the Earth Gallery --- Charlotte, NC

Richard James --- Charleston, SC

LaFontsee Galleries --- Grand Rapids, MI

Gallery KH --- Chicago, IL


Vicksburg Public Schools.  Vicksburg Middle School: Bookarts program in collaboration with Advanced Placement Language Arts’ students.


Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts, Kalamazoo, MI.  Collaborative arts programming with Bi-lingual and Spanish language instructor in Bookarts and Mural painting.


Irving Gilmore Emerging Artist Grant --- 2-Time Recipient

KADI Grant --- Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, "After Image" project, 2015

Education For the Arts Individual Project Grant --- 3-Time Recipient

Education for the Arts Educator Grant --- 2-Time Recipient