National Museum of Women in the Arts
Tee A. Corinne
November 03 1943 - August 27 2006
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Photograph of Tee A. Corinne, by Beverly Brown, courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, OR, USA
Place of Birth:
St. Petersburg
Nationality:
American
Phonetic Spelling:
tee ay COR-INN
Minority status:
White non-Hispanic
Work Type/Media:
Books and manuscripts, Decorative and utilitarian works, Drawings and prints, Multimedia (electronic, digital, video, film), Painting, Photography, Sculpture
Artistic Role(s):
Book Artist, Ceramicist, Collagist, Digital Photographer, Draftsperson, Illustrator, Mixed Media Artist , Multimedia Artist, Painter, Photographer, Sculptor
Style:
Feminist Art, Other
Artist's Biography:
In 1943 Tee A. Corinne was born Linda Tee Cutchin in St. Petersburg, Florida. Corinne was a sickly child raised in an alcoholic home, an unstable upbringing that the artist revisited in 1990 in her mixed-media series titled Family. Part of Corinne’s childhood was spent moving around the southern U.S. states with her family. Eventually, she was enrolled into boarding school in Fort Lauderdale, FL. There she discovered a love for art and in her senior year won her school’s art award. Corinne eventually earned a Masters of Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute in New York in 1968.

In 1972 Corinne, then newly married, moved to San Francisco with her husband. However, shortly after they arrived the couple separated and she came out as a lesbian. Corinne almost immediately embraced the Feminist and Lesbian movements of the 1970s, and her activism deeply contributed to the shaping of her art. She experimented with and taught a wide range of media such as sculpture, drawing, and printmaking. However, it was her drawings in her 1975 The Cunt Coloring Book that brought her national recognition. The book was in part meant to educate women about their own bodies, but it was also a work that allowed individual audience participation. Corinne also promoted the lesbian cause through her photography. Her 1979 A Woman’s Touch depicted ordinary lesbian couples during intimate moments. In her art work, Corinne takes aim at the stereotypes that plagued the lesbian community focusing instead on the deeply personal aspects of her experience as a lesbian. Later in her career, Corinne examined the impact of cancer in her life with her photographic series Cancer in Our Lives (2005). The series followed Corinne’s partner, Beverly Brown, as she battled cancer from 1989 until her death in 2005. Soon after the death of her partner, Corinne was diagnosed with liver cancer and died on August 27, 2006.

Corinne’s impact on lesbian and Feminist Art is felt even today, as The Cunt Coloring Book and several others of her literary works are still in publication. During her life, Corinne was an activist on many fronts: curating shows to raise AIDS awareness, co-founding the Gay and Lesbian Caucus for Art, and lecturing internationally. Corinne was also the recipient of numerous awards including a Lammy Award from the Lambda Literary Foundation in New York.

Other Occupation(s):
Activist, Art Critic, Author, Curator , Editor, Essayist, Feminist, Founder, Gardener, Instructor, Lecturer, Poet, Teacher, Traveler, Writer
Place(s) of Residence:
San Francisco
Sunny Valley
Where Trained/Schools:
Pratt Institute, New York, NY, USA (ca. 1966-1968) University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA (ca. 1964-1965) St. Petersburg Junior College, St. Petersburg, FL, USA (ca. 1963-1964) H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, New Orleans, LA, USA (ca. 1960)
Related Visual Artists:
lover of and collaborated with Honey Lee Cottrell influenced by Ruth Bernhard
Fellowships, grants and awards:
Lammy Award, Lambda Literary Foundation, New York, NY, USA (1989) Founding Member and Co-chair, Queer Caucus for Art, New York, NY, USA (1989-1996)
Earliest exhibition:
Boston Printmakers, Boston, MA, USA (1965)
NMWA exhibition(s):
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution
Artist retrospective(s):
unknown
Related places
Sunny Valley (died at)