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"Seexeng has a good sense of humor and is a joyful, thoughtful person who takes responsibilities seriously and involves all students in being successful in their educational pursuits. I have also observed him in collegial conversations with persons from many different countries. He is at ease in presenting himself in a non-threatening and caring manner. He is a strong team member who builds sound working relationships and does all parts of projects from inception to completion, no matter how involved or tedious."

- Sally A. Baas - Director Southeast Asian Teacher Licensure ProgramHmong Culture and Language Program
Special Education Program, College of Education
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2015 Legacy Day Mural

2015 Legacy Day Mural

The Blake School

The tunnel linking the Hopkins Lower School to the Middle School is undergoing a colorful transformation thanks to art teacher Seexeng Lee and a group of Blake student-artists. Look for more on this project in the months to come! (Video by Nadia Lee) [read more]

Post on: June 8, 2015 9:56:00 AM

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  • Alchemy

    Alchemy

    24"x36", acrylic on canvas. 2013. The traveler---one who is on the move, moving from place to place through space, ideas, cultures and time signifying that change is inevitable. Yet it is more than change, is transformation. I believe that these changes, for the most part are for the better. They are always inevitable, despite resistance from elders. Even when one starts from a dark, sad and at times unbearable place, with strong work ethic, morals, support from others, and a sprinkle of luck, success may follow. Most importantly is not losing one's sense of hope. I strongly believe beautiful changes can and mostly likely will occur. We witness this transformation on a daily basis and throughout nature's wonders. The title comes from medieval times when Alchemy, the creation of something special from something common, was common.

  • Txiv Qeej

    Txiv Qeej

    24"x36", acrylic and watercolor on canvas. 2013. My evolving admiration for this iconic, transcending, versatile and most significant of instruments in the Hmong's daily lives and rituals.

  • Tradition Bound

    Tradition Bound

    8" x 10"x14", sculptural materials, spray paint with 12kt white gold leaf highlights 2009. I was compelled to create this piece due to these comments made by 2 of my fellow Hmong in You Tube on one of my video of a Qeej player-playing the Qeej in a more traditional manner: "I think this movement is great. If u can do this at funeral homes allot of people will praise u on your technique. Especially the OG's who are there watching."

    "HAHAHH OG Qeej Movement STYLE hahaah!"

    I strongly believe that change is necessary for anything to remain viable, but changes that detract itself from its origin, linage and or made of no substance are meaningless.

  • Hmong Woman Sewing a Paj Ntaub

    Hmong Woman Sewing a Paj Ntaub

    18"x24", acrylic on canvas with 24kt gold, silver and copper highlights. 2005. The Hmong Paj Ntaub exists in two styles. The oldest form is the the "flower cloth" Paj Ntaub. The newest form, which first appeared in the Thailand refugee camps in the 1970's, is the "story cloth" Paj Ntaub.The Paj Ntaub is viewed worldwide, as art form perhaps unique to the Hmong. The skill necessary to create both the old, and more recent, art form, take years to master. These skills traditionally have been passed from mother to daughter, often from an early age when the child is first able to hold a needle.

    This painting was inspired by, and created, to honor Hmong women and their dedication, devotion and commitment to preserving the literal and figurative, fabric of Hmong life.

  • Then and Now

    Then and Now

    24"x36", acrylic on canvas with 24kt gold, silver and copper leaf highlights. 2005. I believe that we, the Hmong are some of the most resilient people to set foot on this earth. Then we were farmers, living in our ancestral homeland- high hills and mountains of China. Then we express ourselves with threads and needles. Now we are doctors, lawyers, educators, politicians and etc. Now, we expressed ourselves with paint and paint brushes.