Noted painter to give public lecture, student workshop at MSU

Matthew Lee (Photo submitted)

Contact: Heath Fisackerly

Matthew Lee's "Reflections in Marseilles"

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State alumnus Matthew Lee, a plein air painter and architect, will give a public lecture and lead a student workshop at the university next week.

Free and open to all, Lee’s illustrated talk “In Colored Air: Painting in the Heart of Nature” will be held 7-8 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the Giles Hall first-floor Fazio Jury Room.

Born in Paris, France, Lee’s childhood years allowed him opportunities to see the art and architecture of the Louvre, Versailles Palace, the painter’s square at Montmartre, cathedrals and other European landmarks, while the rich French culture deeply influenced his life.

Lee received his bachelor’s degree in architecture with a minor in art from MSU in 1989. In 1991-1992, he was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and studied temple murals and architecture in Sri Lanka.

He is a licensed architect who practiced architecture fulltime for 22 years before launching an art business in Memphis, Tennessee. Samples of Lee’s artwork may be viewed at

In addition to his lecture, Lee also will conduct a student workshop during his campus visit Oct. 24-26. Both the public lecture and student workshop are sponsored by MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, Department of Art, as well as painting concentration students.

For more information, contact Giles Distinguished Professor of Art Brent Funderburk at 662-325-2970 or

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