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artist , educator

Mary Lee Hu, American artist, retired educator. Fellow National Endowment Arts, 1976, 84, 92; recipient award Flintridge Foundation, Pasadena, California, 2001-2002, Twining Humber award Artist Trust, Washington, 2008.


Hu, Mary Lee was born on April 13, 1943 in Lakewood, Ohio, United States. Daughter of Dana Willis and Virginia Haines (Bennett) Lee.


Student, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1961—1963. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cranbrook Academy Arts, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 1965. Master of Fine Arts, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1967.


Instructor Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1968—1969. Freelance artist various locations, 1969—1975. Lecturer University Wisconsin, Madison, 1976—1977.

Assistant professor art Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1977—1980. Associate professor University Washington, Seattle, 1980—1986, professor, 1986—2006. Retired, 2006

Visiting artist University Iowa, Iowa City, fall 1975.

Instructor Kansas State University, Manhattan, summer 1976. Deputy vice president for North American World Crafts Council, New York City, 1982-1984.


  • Avocations: foreign travel, cooking, gardening.



Board of directors Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle, 1984-1988. Fellow American Crafts Council (secretary 1982-1983, trustee 1980-1984). Member Society North America Goldsmiths (distinguished, vice president 1976-1977, president 1977-1980), Artist Blacksmith Association North America, N.W. Designer Craftsmen, Seattle Metals Guild, N.W.Bead Society, James Renwick Alliance, The American Society Jewelry Historians, The Society Jewellery Historians.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: foreign travel, cooking, gardening.


Married Tah-Kai Hu, September 9, 1967 (deceased May 1972).

Dana Willis Lee

Virginia Haines (Bennett) Lee

Tah-Kai Hu