Lee Vandergrift was born and raised in Central Florida.
As a third generation native, his art work reflects the fun-loving, vibrant, lifestyle of Florida. Lee attended the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, majoring in Illustration with a minor in Photography.
After graduating he returned to Orlando to begin his artistic career, landing a position as an illustrator and photographer, he worked with “Zelo,” a creative arts magazine in Winter Park. He was proud to became its youngest cover artist ever.
The opportunity to work at Buster Brown Children’s Apparel in Chattanooga, Tennessee presented itself working as an artist creating designs for children’s clothing. Working with designers and merchandisers producing art for children’s clothing. He loved that line of work, but after almost 6 year he returned to Florida to work full-time with the Walt Disney Corporation as a staff photographer in Disney Photographic Services. He also won the Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Award (KINSA) in 1996.
As Administrative Art Director for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Orange County, Florida, he was responsible for the layout and design of the quarterly magazine “Court Illustrated” in addition to the overall marketing and design of brochures, signage of the courts. He was also the official photographer taking the official judicial portraits of all the Judges in the circuit. The work was more conservative and graphic-design related but he loved the challenge and responsibility. During this time he collaborated on a children’s book “Wilbur the Christmas Mouse" with author Ken Eulo. Illustrating and designing the layout of the yet to be published book.
After almost 16 years, he decided to do things on his own and is working as a freelance artist and photographer. Working with the Mills/50 Arts Project he has painted one of the local electrical boxes for the beautification project for local artists.
Lee recently published “The Beard Envy Project” book which features a diverse array of men with beards. The book has been heralded for its creativity and artistry and was a big success. He is now focusing his sights on “From Behind,” a photo essay on men’s posteriors which he hopes to publish in several volumes.
Lee lives in Downtown Orlando with his Bichon Frise’ Sophia. Contact Lee about his art, photography, and upcoming projects at www.LeeVandergrift.com
Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Award
National Arts Program
Best of Show
National Arts Program
1st Place Winner
Winter Park Doggie Festival
Winter Park, Florida
12 Years Consecutive 2003-2015
Baldwin Park Art Festival
Osceola Arts Festival
The Center Gallery
November 2017-January 2020
Phone & Location
407-227-9269 Orlando, Florida
Remote - Worldwide