Kerry Ann Lee

Kerry Ann Lee

Associate Professor, Ngā Pae Māhutonga, Wellington School of Design and Director International, Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Art

Kerry Ann Lee is a visual artist, designer, scholar and educator whose research explores culture clash, settlement, transformation and exchange in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Her creative collaborations have included projects with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, residencies at the School of Visual Arts NYC, SOMA Mexico, Taipei Artist Village and Santa Fe Art Institute, presentations at Booked: Hong Kong Art Book Fair and Sprint: Milano, and exhibitions at the Beijing Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum and Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.

As Associate Professor in Design, she teaches Illustration, Visual Communication Design and Critical and Contextual Studies across the Bachelor of Design (BDes), Master in Design (MDes) and Master in Fine Arts (MFA) programmes. Lee draws upon her cross-cultural research and expertise in illustration, storytelling and artmaking.


  • Expertise

    Visual art, illustration, graphic design, publication design, artists’ books, fanzines, collage, collections and archives, diasporic histories and independent publishing.

  • Qualifications

    Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning & Teaching (Otago Polytechnic)

    Certificate in Mata a Ao Māori (Otago Polytechnic)

    Master of Design (MDes), School of Design (Massey University)

    Bachelor of Design (First Class Honours) (Massey University)

  • Professional affiliations or service roles

    Fulbright New Zealand Alumni

    New Zealand University Women in Leadership Alumni

    New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies (NZJAS) Editorial Board member

    Massey University Global Committee Member