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Matthew Warren Lee is a Wisconsin born oil painter, draftsmen, and science support professional who lives and works in Milwaukee. Lee’s work is rooted in experiences with large scientific devices as a member of the United States Antarctic Program. 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.  The landscapes produced since his involvement in Antarctica feature large telescopes, neutrino detectors, and other scientific mechanisms. Lee is currently involved with the Carthage Institute of Paleontology for whom he excavates dinosaur bones in Montana's Hell Creek Formation. This has influenced Lee's landscapes and still lifes which feature the bones of prehistoric animals and imagery of the American west. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States including Milwaukee, Madison, Cincinnati, and New York. His paintings and arts writing have been published locally in Third Coast Digest and nationally in New American Paintings and Manifest.

New American Paintings

Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters


Lee is a dedicated educator who taught at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee from 2012-2014, Carthage College from 2014-2015, Alverno College from 2015-2016, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD).

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

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