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Barbara Brown Lee

Arts Educator

  • Fellow
  • 2008

For Barbara Brown Lee, chief educator at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM), every day is a good day because she is doing what she loves. Whether directing docent programs, collaborating with curators, training volunteers, or leading gallery talks, Lee's enthusiasm for art is positively contagious. For 36 years she's been involved with the Scholastic Art Awards, a statewide annual exhibition featuring over 325 artworks created by students in grades 7-12 from throughout Wisconsin. Lee enjoys working with young people and also mentors local high school students through MAM's Satellite Art Program and juries many local art shows. A Milwaukee native who came to MAM in 1963, Lee studied at the University of Arizona, the University of Guadalajara, Mexico; the Winterthur Museum Institute; and the Attingham Summer School, Shropshire, England. She has received a Wisconsin Outstanding Art Educator Award from the Wisconsin Art Education Association, and, in 2008, received a Wisconsin Visual Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in conjunction with the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. Lee was inducted as a Wisconsin Academy Fellow that same year.

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