The Memphis International Jazz Festival selects talented local artists each year to feature as The MIJF Artist-in-Residence. This artist works with the festival from the promotional stops around the city all the way to the Legendary South Main Historic Arts District, representing his or her experiences of culture and Jazz along the way. We view jazz as a complete cultural experience and aim to demonstrate that through the engagement of all aspects of a cultural community–especially Art.
2015 Memphis International Jazz Festival Poster Design
Anthony D. Lee (b.1979) has been influenced by the culture and heritage of the places that he’s lived, though he considers himself a Memphis Native. Lee credits his West Indian roots as an important contributing factor in his creative development- his vivid palette was inspired in St. Croix, of the U.S. Virgin Islands, his boyhood home. During the 1990s, Lee was a student of Bill Hicks, a teacher who doubled as an instructor at the nearby Memphis College of Art. The artist studied briefly at NC State’s School of Design in 2001, after having served a stint as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army’s 82d Airborne Division.
Lee’s initial body of works were mixed-media panels with heavy color saturation and symbolic narrative content. His work has been featured at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Powerhouse, Dixon Gallery, Memphis College of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, National Civil Rights Museum, Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, and several galleries throughout the U.S. He has also created many public art projects and large-scale mural works, of which one was nationally recognized and awarded in 2009. His au courant mode of painting is geometric abstraction with neo-minimalist sensibilities that echo Ellsworth Kelly and Peter Halley.