Lee Ann Paynter is an artist, activist and educator. She is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BFA in Studio Art, and recently became a Lecturer of Digital Media and Photography in UK’s School of Art and Visual Studies. With an MFA in Photography and Media from California Institute of the Arts, her oeuvre consists of traditional methods of photography, digital media, sound design, video and installation. Lee Ann’s work takes on social and political issues investigating the ideas and agency around intolerance and acceptance, inequality, gender roles, and environmental issues, as well as the media’s role in those representations. Committed to social justice, she serves as a representative on the Steering Committee for Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, and has both an active socially engaged practice and an active exhibition schedule. Lee Ann’s work has been exhibited both regionally and nationally.