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Matthew Lee

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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2007, MFA



Matthew Warren Lee is a Wisconsin born painter of landscapes, architecture, and portraits. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2014 and lives and works in Milwaukee. Much of Lee’s work is rooted in his experiences with large scientific devices as a member of the United States Antarctic Program where he worked in science support from 2008-2010. This included a 13 month stay at the Geographic South Pole for Antarctic winter where he learned field medicine and taught watercolor classes to scientists and support personnel.  Lee is currently involved with the Carthage Institute of Paleontology for whom he excavates dinosaur bones in Montana's Hell Creek Geological Formation. Lee taught at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee from 2012-2014, Carthage College from 2014-2015, and currently teaches at Alverno College and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. His work is exhibited throughout the American Midwest. His paintings and arts writing have been published locally in Third Coast Digest and nationally in New American Paintings and Manifest.

Matthew Warren Lee

2505 E. Bennett Ave. Upper Rear, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Portfolio of Artworks available at


2014 MFA, Painting and Drawing, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee


2016 Bachman’s Warbler, Gallery 224, Port Washington, Wisconsin

2015 A Tale of Two Residencies, RedLine, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2015 Scientificous, Manifest Creative Research and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

2015 Distressed Structures – The Weathering of Ecology, Jazz Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2014 Meet the Residents, Gallery 224, Port Washington, Wisconsin

2014 Hidden River, Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield, Wisconsin

2014 Master Pieces, Manifest Creative Research and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

2014 Group Show, Elaine Erickson Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2014 The Empire of Debris, Institute of Visual Arts (INOVA), University of Wisconsin -                            Milwaukee

2010 Watercolors and Drawings, Amundsen-Scott Research Station, Antarctica

2007 Watercolor Portraits, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


2012 First Place, Harbin International Snow and Ice Sculpting Competition, Peck School of the Arts Team, China

2010 United States Medal of Antarctic Service, with Bronze Clasp, Department of Defense


2015 The World Retrieved: Contemporary Landscapes, Gallery 224, Port Washington, Wisconsin


2014-2015 Port Art Partners Artist in Residence Program, Port Washington, Wisconsin,                            September 2014 – May 2015


2016 International Painting Annual, Manifest, Fall 2016

2016 Manifest Exhibition Annual, January, 2016

2015 International Painting Annual, Manifest, Fall 2015

2015 Manifest Exhibition Annual, January, 2015

2013 New American Paintings 107, Midwest Edition, August/September, 2013

2012 Third Coast Digest, August 8, 2012


2012 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Missouri

2010 United States Antarctic Program, Amundsen-Scott Research Station, Antarctica

Recent Exhibits

Matthew Lee participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2016 2016 National Juried Exhibition
First Street Gallery
Jan, 2015 Scientificous
Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center
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