The Lee Gallery provides the university and surrounding community with access to regional, national and international artists through a variety of exhibitions and special events. These exhibitions examine contemporary issues that underscore academic programs and serve the broader mission of the university. The gallery also showcases the work of undergraduate and graduate art.
In 1958, Lee Hall was erected by Lockwood Greene Engineers, Inc. for the School of Architecture with Dean Harlan E. McClure as consulting architect. Lee Gallery was included in the original planning concept. Because the gallery was located in Lee Hall, it became known as the Lee Gallery. Harlan McClure designed the addition and the new jury space had a two-fold mission: to function as a jury room and a place to present exhibitions of visual art.
The gallery is recognized as a significant presenting venue in the state highlighting regional and national artists in its programming.