Marie Anna Lee is an assistant professor of Art and Graphic Design at the University of the Pacific in California. Her work and teaching focus on communication design with an emphasis on community-based design, cultural sustainability and interdisciplinary collaboration. After joining the University of the Pacific in 2009, Lee has focused on preservation of the arts and designs unique to the Kam minority village of Dimen in Guizhou province of China.
Lee’s commercial design ranges from posters and print materials to interactive pieces and websites for clients from USA, China and the Czech Republic. Lee is also an active artist exhibiting her multimedia pieces and installations nationally and internationally. She has experience in applied arts, textile making, dyeing, printmaking and papermaking.
Lee was born in the Czech Republic and came to USA in 1996 to study at Michigan State University. She taught communication design at Metropolitan State College of Denver (2005–07) and applied art at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong (2007–09). Lee holds a BFA and an MFA in Graphic Design from Colorado State University and a BA in Advertising from Michigan State University.