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Helen Lessick                                                                                                   2011       



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.




2011: ‘Hollywood Charms,’ Assistance League of Southern California, Hollywood, CA

2010: “The Poetics of Air,’ Public Works Air Quality Facility #1, Los Angeles, CA.

2006:  ‘ArtCans,’ Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, Department of Neighborhoods, Los Angeles, CA.

2001: “Vestige,” site-integrated sculpture, Bronson Foundation, Reed College, Portland, OR.

1999: ‘Collect 'Ems, site-specific permanent plaques and collectible cards and plaques, Safeco Field.

Commission of the Stadium Public Facilities District, Seattle, WA.

1996: "The Uses of Enchantment," Campus Public Art, University of Washington, Seattle. 

1987: "House for Summer," permanent living tree sculpture, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland OR. 

1979: “Magic Space Murals,” Humboldt Elementary School, Portland Unified Schools, OR.



2010: ‘Earthwish,” ZeroOneSJ, community arts festival, San Jose, CA.

2006: Soil Sample. site-specific exhibition checklist to public soils, with outdoor exhibition and community workshops. Project supported by Gunk Foundation, NY & Los Angeles Cultural Affairs, CA.

2005: “The Trees: A Play in Three Acts by the Plant Community, week-long multi-site installation with playbill, and tickets,  Santa Monica Arts Commission, Santa Monica, CA.

2003: “Decimal•Points,” Seattle Public Library, Seattle Arts Commission, WA

2002: “River/Water/Shed,” Arroyo Arts, Los Angeles, CA. 

2001: “Salt/Water,” United Arts Council, Naples, FL.

2000: “The Office of the Artist in Residence,” site-related installation, print project and web site

   Multnomah County government., Contracted by RACC, Portland, OR. 

“On the Fringe of Philadelphia, ”Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA.

1999: “Rapunzel,” site-specific installation, Prince Albert Memorial, Belfast, North Ireland.

1998: Hidden Treasures of Greater Tacoma, public artists' book distributed in Pierce Transit

Riders' Guide, summer edition; partnership with Tacoma (WA) Arts Commission.

“DreamHouse for BAM,", outdoor installation & book, Bellevue (WA) Art Museum.

1997: "The American Century," site-specific installation, Sand Point Naval Air Station

Hangar #2, Seattle Arts Commission, WA.

"House of Earth," window installation, Seattle Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, WA.

1996: Worm World, a public artists book project distributed in The Stranger, Seattle, WA.

"The Great Crown of Kent," outdoor installation, Kent Arts Commission, Kent, WA.

1995: "The Grand Crown of Tacoma," temporary outdoor installation, Tacoma Art Museum.

Squirrel World, artists book project, KIDSTAR 1250 Magazine,  Spring  issue, Seattle, WA.

1994: "HOMEWORK," temporary public installation sponsored by the Tacoma Arts Commission & Municipal Housing Authority, Tacoma, WA.

1993: Metro Hair Survey, site-related public book project, Metro Art  Committee, Seattle, WA.

"Le Paysage Vivant," ephemeral landscape, Lycée Agricole du Valentin, Valence, France.

"Home: House of Memory," site specific installation, New Langton Arts, San Francisco CA.




Bolton Hall Museum, Tujunga, WA.

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.

City of Portland, Oregon.

Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Miami Beach, FL

City of Seattle, WA.

Swedish Medical Foundation, Seattle, WA.

University of Washington Campus Public Art & UW Library Book Arts Collections, Seattle.

Washington State University, Cheney Cowles, WA.





2010: “LA 2010,’ Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Juried by F. Sirmans & A. Subotnik.

2009: ‘The Light Show,” Curated by Liza Simone/ The Pike, Long Beach, CA

2008: “Cucamonga Peak/Art Avalanche,” Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

“California Visual Artists,’ Second City Arts Council, Long Beach, CA.  Curator Jay Belloli.

2006: ‘Phantom Galleries: LA,’ sanctioned public art exhibition in commercial warehouse, Pasadena, CA.

2004:  “Olympic Project” exhibition along Olympic torch route, I. Petropolis, curator. Athens, GREECE.

           “LA Open,” Municipal Art Gallery, City of Los Angeles, CA.

2003: ISC@GFS, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey.

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.

          “Bronson Foundation 10th Anniversary Exhibition,” Reed College, Portland, OR.

2000: “Counter Canvas,” Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR.

2000: “The 2000 Behnke FellowshipAwards,” Bank of America Gallery, Seattle, WA. Catalog.

1999: “Game Show,” Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA.

 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. Catalogue. Travelling to Japan and through WA State in 1999.

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.

"Animal Farm," James Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

1993: "Books as Objects," Comus Gallery, Portland, OR.  Travelling nationally. 

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.




2007 ‘Arbor Vitae: The Life of Trees,” Hoyt Arboretum, Portland, OR.

2005: “The Trees,” Clover Park, Santa Monica, CA.

2002: “Dream House/Anniversary,” Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue WA.

1998: "Dream House for BAM,"  on- site of the planned Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA.

1997: "House for Summer Songs," Hoyt Arboretum, Portland, OR.

1996: "The Great Crowns of Kent," site-related participatory  performances in Earthworks Park, Kent, WA

1995: "The Crowned Jewels of Tacoma," participatory performance parade                                    

              through public streets of Tacoma, WA.  In collaboration with the Tacoma Art Museum,            

Tacoma Arts Commission, Tony Gomez and the Lost Boys, and citizens of Tacoma.

1992: "partitio," Industrial site, Portland, OR.  Performance and exhibition of artist-fabricated works 

           curated by Lessick.  Original performance written and directed by K. Edmunds.

1991: "House for Autumn/Equinox," Bybee Howell Territorial Park, Sauvie Island, OR. With

            filmmaker Kristy Edmunds, readers Belinda Biedermann, Carolyn Lee, George Littlechild.

1990: "Kepler's Dream," Hoyt Arboretum, Portland, OR.With composer M. Stirling and dancer R. Burns.

1987: "House on Fire," Space/Time Constructs, New York, NY. With performer Eric Derkatsch.

1986:  “Discipline + Structure," Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. With T. Sweetman & D. Goldsmith.

1979: "Anomaly and Bokay," Northwest Artists Workshop, Portland, OR.

1975: "A Christmas Play," Reed College, Portland, OR. In ensemble.




ICAT: Interactive Collaboration Assessment Test, 2008, Public Art Review #38, St. Paul, MN.

Portrait/AntiPortrait, 2001. Interactive cd art game. With Thom Heileson, Seattle, WA

Office of the Artist in Residence, sanctioned interactive website, 2000. Multnomah County, OR

The Crowned Jewels of Tacoma, 1995.  12:15 video. With videographer Frank Video, Tacoma, WA.

Mathematique Nouveau, 1995. 6:45. With videographer P. Verrier, Beaufort-Gervanne, France.

HOME: House of Memory, 1994. 9:30. With Frank Video, Seattle, WA.

House for Autumn/Equinox, 1991. 9:45. Video of black & white film by Kristi Edmunds, of

     site-specific installation and performance directed  by Lessick. Portland, OR.




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.

1992: Residency Fellowship, La Vie des Formes, Chalon-sur-Saone, France.

1987:  Artist’s Residency, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY.

1985: Sculptor’s Residency, Athena Foundation, Long Island City, NY.




2010: Professional Capacity Grant, Center for Creative Innovation, San Francisco, CA.

AbsoluteZERO project micro-grant, San Jose, CA.

2005: Project Grant, Gunk Foundation, Gardiner, NY.

2003: Travel Fellowship, Visual Resources Association, panelist at national conference.

2001: Professional Development Grant, Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA.

2000: Achievement Award, Bonnie Bronson Foundation, Portland, OR.

Monograph grants: Artist Trust, King County Arts Commission, Seattle, WA.

1999: Professional Development Grant, Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA.

1998: Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY.

         First Prize, 1998 AdWheel Awards, New York, NY. National award for Excellence in

Communications in the public transportation industry, for Hidden Treasures of Greater Tacoma Map, and web site, in conjunction with Pierce Transit, Tacoma, WA.

1997: Seattle Artists Program award, Seattle Arts Commission, WA.

1996: Artist’s Project Grant, National Endowment for the Arts & Warhol Foundation.
1990: Art Matters, Inc. project grant, New York, NY

1985: Art Matters, Inc. project grant, New York, NY.



REVIEWS & ARTICLES about Lessick

Allan, Lois, "Natural Acts," Artweek, April 8, 1993.

            "Within Nature's Context," Artweek, July 19, 1990.

            "House Hued with Multiple Meanings," Women In UNISON, Feb./March, 1990.

            "Defining a House," Artweek, April 23, 1988.

Askey, Ruth, "Bound for Glory," Visions (Los Angeles), Summer, 1994.

Barden, Renardo, "Lessick's More," Willamette Week (OR), July 12, 1990.

Bargreen, Melissa, "Metro artwork that makes your head spin,"  Seattle Post Intelligencer. 2. 28, 1993.

Boylan, John, "Community Art," Reflex (Seattle, WA) Aug./Sept. 1995

Boninsinga, Kay, "Helen Lessick," Reflex (Seattle, WA), March/April 1992.

Britt, Douglas, ‘Variations in Simplicity,” Houston Chronicle, April 30, 2009.

Cachert, Maurian, "Un support vache," Le Dauphine (France) 25 May, 1993.

Ellison, Victoria, "Notes from the Underground," The Oregonian (Portland, OR), Aug. 9, 1996.

Evans, Ingrid, "Lessick Draws Pastel Medium Into Tougher Realm,"

            Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, NV), June 4, 1989.

Fleming, Lee, "Piquing Packwood Diaries,"  Washington Post, Dec. 10, 1994.

Gallvin, Joseph, ‘City’s Tree House Turns 20,” Portland Tribune, June 19, 2007.

Genocchio, Benjamin, “A Show With a Good Sense of Humor,” Sunday New York Times, Aug. 18 2003.

Gessert, George (ed.), "Nature as Art/Art as Nature," Northwest Review  , Summer, 1991.

Gragg, Randy, "Exhibit of Helen Lessick's Work Provides Meditative Images,"

            The Oregonian (Portland, OR), June 20, 1990.

Hauser, Susan G., "Hanging Senator Packwood," The Wall Street Journal, 9/26/94.

Holiday, Ann, "Artist Uses House as Empty Canvas," West Seattle Herald, 11/10/93.

Kover, Jonas, "Art Meets Fire," Observer Dispatch (Utica, NY), Sept. 16, 1987.

Morrow, Vanessa, ‘The Poetics of Air,” orlo (Portland, OR), December, 2008.

Plank, JoAnna, "Golden Dreams at the Fair," Eastside Journal (Bellevue, WA).  7/15/98.

Raether, Keith,  "Map reveals a garden of earthly delights," The News Tribune, May 17, 1998.

Stairs, David, "Promethean Doublebind," Reflex, July, 1990.

Seniuk, Jake, "Utopian Visions," On Center (Port Angeles, WA) , Summer, 1996.

unattributed, "The Book (an idea whose time has come gone remained),"

            Contemporary Impressions (Washington D.C.), Spring 1994.

unattributed, ‘Poetics of Air,” Orlo, the magazine of art and environment, Portland, OR. Winter 2008.

Updike, Robin, "Take the Art to the Ballgame," Seattle Times, Oct. 25, 1998.

Updike, Robin, “Images of summer, families,“ Seattle Times, July 22, 1999.

Vernzemnieks, Inara, ‘Inside/Outside,” The Oregonian, June 22, 2007.

Voves, Ed "Revolutionary revelations," Philadelphia Daily News, Feb 14, 1995.

Weinstein, Joel, "No telling these books by covers," Oregonian, Dec. 14, 1993.

Weston, Gavin,  “HorseHead International,” London Sunday Times, Ireland, Sept. 12, 1999.




Allan, Lois, "Contemporary Art in the Northwest," University of Toronto Press, 1995.

Lessick, Helen with Brian Wallace, “Waterline,” Structural Expressionism, Seattle, WA. 2000.

Rothenberg, Jerome, “A Book of the Book,’ Granary Books, New York 2001.

Vogler, Nicholas, “Contemporary Artists Books,” University of California Press, 1999.




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  - present: 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.

1991 – 2000: Advisory Board, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, NY.

1997: Special Projects Jury, Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle, WA.

1995: Residency Program Jury, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA.

1987-92: Artist in Residence, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland, OR



1989 – current: civic arts consultant, nationwide.

2008 – 09: Director of Civic Art + Design, Houston Arts Alliance, TX.

2005 – 2007: Public Art Specialist, City Water Projects, Public Art Program, Ventura CA.

2006 - 2007: Public Art Consultant, City of Norfolk Cultural Affairs, VA.& University of Southern California

Roski School of Fine Art Graduate Program in Public Art Studies, Los Angeles, CA.

2002- 04: Metro Art Collection Manager, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA.

2001- 02: Waterfront Masterplan Design Team, City of Portland (OR) Parks and Recreation, OR.

1990 - 93: Art in Public Places Project Manager, Washington State Arts Commission, Olympia, WA.

             Major projects in Dept. of Corrections, Dept. of Labor & Industry & Community College System.

1986 – 1990: Founding team member, Project Facilitator, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, NY.

1982 – 83: Chief Prepartor, Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland, OR.



University of California/Irvine, Master of Fine Art in Studio Art

Reed College, Portland, Oregon. Bachelor of Art in Studio Art



Helen Lessick was born in Philadelphia, PA.  Educated in the American west, she participates in art projects and artists’ communities in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Portland, Reno and across Europe.  She currently maintains her practice in Los Angeles.