Media artist and researcher, Lee Boot engages processes rooted in painting and film to find ways to evolve culture toward democracy, health, and wellbeing. Despite early career success, in 1996 he turned to research to learn how are could better be a pathway for helping improve public health, education, and wellbeing. He began his own media research firm, InfoCulture, exploring the use of visual metaphor to increase the meaning of critical science and other knowledge for lay audiences. His experimental feature film, Euphoria, won earned critical acclaim and was selected by film festivals, winning the Gold Award for documentary at the Houston International Film Festival in 2005. Lee became an Research Associate Professor at the Imaging Research Center at UMBC in 2002 and in 2016 became Director of the center. During that time he has led research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and naitonal foundations, and been commissioned by the National Academy of Sciences. In 2012, due to the elevation of social practice in the art world, he began creating new work for gallery and museum audiences. The Brick Garden series explores his multilayered, painting-driven process of extended meditation to locate promising, novel connections between otherwise disparate domains of knowledge. Insights that emerged from that work became the basis of public media research projects, such as Art of Transformation aimed at helping people better address longstanding social, systemic, and structural challenges such as those of his city of Baltimore which have long resisted Modern approaches.
Lee Boot's video and interactive works and films have been broadcast and exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Johannesburg Biennial in South Africa and London’s Serpentine Gallery. His work merging art and science practices has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and commissioned by the National Academy of Sciences, and appears in their publication, Convergence. His experimental feature film, Euphoria, won the Gold Award for documentary at the Houston International Film Festival in 2005.