Barbara Brown Lee

Year inducted: 2008

Another name intrinsically linked with the Milwaukee Art Museum is Barbara Brown Lee, currently the museum’s Chief Educator. Barbara has been intimately involved in many aspects of the evolving museum since 1963, not only serving as educator but as first contact for many individuals and organizations. Barbara studied at the University of Arizona, the University of Guadalajara, Mexico; the Winterthur Museum Institute; and the Attingham Summer School, Shropshire, England, and elsewhere. She has received a Wisconsin Outstanding Art Educator Award presented by Wisconsin Art Education Association, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Creative Sharp Presentations, Inc., involved in literacy programs. At MAM her duties have included directing docent programs; collaborating with curatorial staff regarding exhibitions and activities; training of volunteers, staff and guards; planning and implementation for education gallery exhibitions including the long running Scholastic Art Competition. She has been a teacher of high school students in the Satellite Art Program and lecturer for community outreach, and a juror for many art exhibitions. As art critic James Auer stated in a Journal Sentinel article, Barbara “... (serves) as an often enlightening, always entertaining human conduit between the museum and its patrons”. In the same article, Auer asked Barbara why she has spent her life looking at art and interpreting it for others. She replied, “Because art talks to me about life on the planet. Our skills, our abilities, our creative imagination . . . to me, an art museum is the soul of mankind.”

Works by Barbara Brown Lee

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