2017: ‘Canopy,’ Katayama Space, Portland, OR (scheduled)
2016: ‘Growth Potential,’ Art Wall, Inglewood Public Library, Inglewood, CA
2013: ‘Works on Paper,’ American Institute of Architects Los Angeles, CA
2009: ‘Other Arrangements,’ Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX
2005: ‘Nonet,’ Pinckney Center for the Arts, Bend, OR
2004: ‘The Human Condition,’ Gallery 727, Los Angeles, CA
2002: ‘Resident Houses,’ Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
1999: Esther Claypool Gallery, Seattle, WA
1996: ‘The Invisible World,’ Gallery 114, Portland, OR
1995: ‘The Crowning Glory of Tacoma,’ Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
1992: Butters Gallery, Portland, OR. Catalog
1990: ‘Art = Anthropology,’ Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
1989: ‘Pastel Drawings,’ Sierra Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
1988: ‘Structural Expressionism,’ Northwest Artists Workshop, Portland, OR
1985: ‘Oasis,’ Fine Arts Gallery, Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI
1980: Wentz Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
PERMANENT PUBLIC ART
2012: ‘Soil Sample: Kenya,’ artist-initiated art in partnership with non-profit, Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya
2011: ‘Hollywood Charms,’ Assistance League of Southern California, Hollywood, CA
2010: ‘The Poetics of Air’, Dept. of Engineering Air Treatment Facility #1, City of Los Angeles, CA
2006: ArtCans, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Beautification Committee project, Los Angeles, CA
2001: ‘Vestige,’ Chemistry Building, Reed College, Portland, OR. Commission of Bronson Foundation
1999: Collect 'Ems,’ Safeco Field. Stadium Public Facilities District, Seattle, WA
1998: "The Uses of Enchantment," University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1987: ‘House for Summer, Hoyt Arboretum, Public Art Collection, Portland OR
TEMPORARY PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
2015: ‘Quercus (The Invisible Spectrum),’ Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, CA
2014: ‘CultureLab: Disguise,’ Pico Union Project, Los Angeles, CA
2013: ‘Garden Milagros,’ St. Anthony Community Trailer Park, Kounkuey Design, East Coachella, CA
2006: Soil Sample LA, site-specific exhibition checklist to public soils, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs, CA
2005: ‘The Trees: A Play in Three Acts by the Plant Community’, Santa Monica Arts Commission, CA
2003: ‘Decimal•Points,’ Seattle Public Library, Seattle Arts Commission, WA
2002: ‘River/Water/Shed,’ Arroyo Arts Collective, Los Angeles, CA
2001: ‘House of Salt/Water,’ United Arts Council, Naples, FL
2000: ‘The Office of the Artist in Residence,’ Regional Arts + Culture Council, Portland, OR
2000: ‘On the Fringe of Philadelphia,’ Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA
1999: ‘Rapunzel,” site-specific installation, Prince Albert Memorial, Belfast, North Ireland, UK
1998: Hidden Treasures of Greater Tacoma, Pierce Transit and Tacoma Arts Commission, WA
1998: ‘DreamHouse for BAM,’ Bellevue Art Museum, WA
1997: ‘The American Century,’ Sand Point Naval Air Station Hangar #2, Seattle Arts Commission, WA
1996: Worm World,The Stranger, Seattle.
1995: Squirrel World, artists book project, KIDSTAR 1250 Magazine, Seattle
1994: ‘HOMEWORK,’ Tacoma Arts Commission &Municipal Housing Authority, Tacoma, WA
1993: Metro Hair Survey, Metro Art Committee, Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle, WA
1993: ‘Le Paysage Vivant," Lycée Agricole du Valentin, Valence, France.
1990: ‘Waterworld,’ interactive outdoor festival commission, Salem Art Commission, OR
PUBLIC ART PLANS and MASTERPLANS
Artists Opportunities in Transit Facilities, Metro Art, Metro Regional Transit, Seattle, WA. 1991 Houston Arts Alliance Civic Art + Design Annual Plan, Houston, TX. 2009
Inglewood Senior Center Public Art Plan, City of Inglewood. CA. 2014
Public Art/Portland State University, art plan with M. Taylor & C. Lee, Oregon Arts Commission. 1992 Waterfront Park Master Plan, public artist on EDAW’s Master Plan team, City of Portland, OR. 2002
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015: ‘Oasis,’ Sturt Haaga Gallery and grounds, Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, CA
2013: ‘Ways of Water,” Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco, CA
2012: ‘Turn Here: Artists Promote Environmental Awareness,’ Gershman Galleries, Philadelphia PA
2011: “Bronson Foundation 20th Anniversary Show,” Lewis + Clark College, Portland, OR. Catalog.
2010: “01SJ” Public exhibit throughout city, organized by ZeroOne, San José, CA
LACAM 2010, Barnsdall Art Center, Los Angeles, CA
2008: “Cucamonga Peak/Art Avalanche,” Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
2004: “Olympic Project” exhibition on the route of the Olympic torch, Athens, Greece
2003: ISC@GFS, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
2002: “FIAC XXIX: Edition,” Porte de Versailles, Paris FRANCE. Catalogue.
“River Alchemy,” site-specific installations along the Los Angeles River, Los Angeles, CA.
2002: Faire Internationale d’Arte Contemporaine (FIAC), Paris, France. Catalogue.
2001: “(seclusion),” offsite outdoor exhibition for Secluded Alley Works, Seattle, WA.
2000: “Counter Canvas,” Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR.
2000: “The 2000 Behnke Fellowship Awards,” Bank of America Gallery, Seattle, WA. Catalog.
1999: “Game Show,” Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA.
1999: Horsehead International, Belfast, North Ireland. Curated by Matthew Lennon.
1998: "The View from Here: The Centennial of Mt. Rainier National Park," Seafirst Gallery, Seattle, WA.
1997: ‘The Garden Show," Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR.
1996: ‘Utopian Visions," Port Angeles Fine Art Center, Port Angeles, WA.
1995: ‘USA/VdA: Artists' Meeting," Valle d'Aosta, Italy. Catalog.
1994: ‘Maquettes," Lookout Urban Space, New York, NY. Travelling internationally. Catalog.
1994: ‘Animal Farm," James Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
1993: ‘Books as Objects," Comus Gallery, Portland, OR. Travelling nationally.
1993: Group show, Wurrtembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany.
1991: ‘The Oregon Biennial '91," Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. Catalog.
1990: ‘The 1990 New York Flower Show," Pier 52, New York, NY.
1989: ‘Sculpture City," Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, NY. Catalog.
1986: ‘Outside/In," Oregon Art Institute, Portland, OR.
1984: Group show, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR.
1979: ‘The Tom, Dick, and Helen Show," and/or, Seattle, WA.
1978: ‘9 Artists/8 Rooms," Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Catalog.
Bronson Foundation, Portland, OR
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Oregon Health Science Center, Portland, OR
Cities of Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington
Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami Beach, FL
Swedish Medical Foundation, Seattle, WA
University of Washington Library Book Arts Collections, Seattle.
Washington State University, Cheney Cowles, WA.
SELECT GRANTS & AWARDS
2014: Culture Lab community art program, Los Angeles, CA
2011: Art Matters, Inc., Internaitonal research grant, New York, NY
2010: AbsoluteZERO project micro-grant, San Jose, CA
2005: Project Grant, Gunk Foundation, Gardiner, NY
2001: Professional Development Grant, Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA
2000: Achievement Award, Bonnie Bronson Foundation, Portland, OR
2000: Monograph grants: Artist Trust, King County Arts Commission, Seattle, WA.
1998: Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY.
1998: First Prize, AdWheel Awards, New York, NY. Excellence in Communications in public
transportation for artist-initiated project Hidden Treasures of Greater Tacoma Map with
Pierce Transit Marketing staff, Tacoma, WA
1997: Seattle Artists Program award, Seattle Arts Commission, WA
1996: Artist’s Project Grant, National Endowment for the Arts & Warhol Foundation.
1990, 1985: Art Matters, Inc. project grant, New York, NY
2014:Artist in Residence, Talisein West, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Scottsdale, AZ
2014: Artist in Residence, Annenberg Community Beach House, City of Santa Monica, CA
2011: Artist in Residence: Migratory Trees initiative, Pilgrim School, Los Angeles, CA
2005: Artist in Residence District 2, Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, CA
2003: Lithographic Residency, Atelier Bordas, Paris, France
2002: Artist in Residence, Bellevue Art Museum, WA.
2001: Artist’s Residency, Padova, Italy.
2000: Residency Project, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland, OR.
1998 –99: Artist in Residence, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA.
1998: Residency Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.
1993: Residency Fellowship, ART3, Valence, France.
1987: Artist’s Residency, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY.
1985: Sculptor’s Residency, Athena Foundation, Long Island City, NY.
SELECT BOARDS, COMMITTEES and COMMUNITY SERVICE
2014: “Public Art in Transition,” co-discussant, Americans for the Arts, Nashville, TN
2013: Co-juror, Year in Review, Florida Public Art Coalition, FL
2010: Co-juror, ‘Year in Review,’ Public Art Network, Americans for the Arts, Baltimore, MD
2008: Juror, ‘Zone 5 in the City,’ site-related environmental art projects, Arroyo Arts, Los Angeles, CA
2007: Juror, Commission for Downtown Civic Space, Public Art Program, City of Phoenix, AZ
2005: Juror, Promenade Public Art commission, Santa Monica Arts Commission, Santa Monica, CA
2004 - 2007: Silver Lake Parks and Open Space Committee, Los Angeles, CA
2003: Juror, Main Street Promenade Public Art Commission, City of Ventura, CA
1995 - 2002: Art Committee, Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle, WA
1995: Residency Program Jury, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA
1987-92: Artist in Residence, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland, OR
University of California/Irvine, Master of Fine Art in Studio Art
Reed College, Portland, Oregon. Bachelor of Art in Fine Art
Civic Arts Consultant 1989- current
Planning, policies, program and project development and temporary exhibits for clients including: Austin, TX; Norfolk, VA; Portland, OR; Carlsbad, San Diego, and Ventura, CA; Seattle & Tacoma, WA; Portland State University; United Indians of All Tribes; University of Southern California Since 2011 working with Inglewood. CA to implement policies, programs and artists’ projects, arts education initiatives and art collection maintenance for the minority majority blue collar city of Inglewood, CA.
Helen Lessick was born in Philadelphia and educated in the American west. An artist, civic art consultant, policy analyst and writer, she participates in art projects and communities in across the United States and globally., she maintains her practice in Los Angeles.