Sodam Lee, an assistant professor of art at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU), has been awarded a mini-grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.5 million in grants the Commission awarded in 2016-2017 and will be used to purchase art supplies for MVSU students in S2017 Relief Printmaking class. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“Artists of all kinds are the heart of the Mississippi Creative Economy,” said Malcolm White, Executive Director of MAC. “They significantly contribute to the economic growth of their communities and our state, and the Mississippi Arts Commission is honored to support their outstanding work.”
Lee as an artist has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the 34th Bradley International Juried Print and Drawing Exhibition in Illinois, International Juried Exhibition at New Ground Print Workshop and Gallery in New Mexico, Hong Kong Graphic Art Fiesta in Hong Kong, 2016 Incheon International Design Fair in South Korea and the Venice Contemporary Large-Format Printmaking Residency and Project in Italy. She was awarded the "Best of Show" Emerging Artist at the Des Moines Art Festival in 2013 and 2014. Her artworks have been published in the Hand Magazine, an international printmaking magazine and Studio Visit Magazine, one of the prestigious magazines in U.S.
The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency serving residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organizations; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.