2000    MFA, Painting, Hunter College, The City University of New York, New York,             NY

1994    BFA, Art History, The University of Texas, Austin, TX


2006 - present    Adjunct instructor, Hudson County Community College, Jersey                                  City, NJ

2005 - present    Adjunct instructor, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ




Prime Matter, Teckningsmuseet, Laholm, Sweden, curated by Christopher Schade **upcoming**

Fernweh...The Good Life, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE, curated by Anke Becker

Above and Below I-10, Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery, Howard Payne University, Brownwood, TX, curated by Christopher Schade


Prime Matter, SenaSpace, New York, NY, curated by Christopher Schade and Zoe Pettijohn-Schade


It Hurts So Good To Be Loved So Bad, Brian Morris Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Geoffrey Young

The Leftover Method, La Couleuvre, Paris, France

On/ Off Acid, Calico Brooklyn, New York, NY

Anonyme Zeichner, Galerie Nord/ Kunstverein, Berlin Germany; Galerie Delikatessenhaus, Leipzig, Germany; The Temporary Art Center, Eindhoven, Netherlands, curated by Anke Becker

Works on Paper, Howard Gardens Gallery at the Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff, Wales


Artworks You Can Smuggle In Your Suitcase, Art Market Budapest (a three gallery joint venture: Radiator Gallery, Ruth Phaneuf Fine Art, New York, NY; Galerie Henry Thomas Ross, Montreal Canada), Budapest, Hungary

Art & Design Faculty Exhibition, George Segal Art Gallery at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

Disquietude, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA


Taking Shape, Standpipe Gallery, New York, NY

Raymond Dumas & Michael Lee, Antidote at Verge: Art Brooklyn, New York, NY

Year One, Fowler Arts Project Space, New York, NY

Grey Matter, The Painting Center, New York, NY

Works at The End, The End Project Space, New York, NY

Opening Rejection, The Ugly Art Room at Governor’s Island Art Fair, New York, NY


Drawing The Slight Uneasy, WorkSound Gallery, Portland, OR, curated by M.K. Guth

A Group of Nine, Antidote Art Space at Verge Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY

Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Exhibition, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY


A Stones Throw:  The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop & Los Angeles Printmaking Society Exchange Show, Union Center for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA

Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Exhibition, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

The Big Show: Three, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

Selections 08, Antidote at Bridge Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL


Night Of A Thousand Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY

Open Portfolio, Pool Art Fair, New York, NY

Confluence, The Society for Cultural Exchange, Pittsburgh, PA

Love and Spirit, Musee de Monoian, New York, NY

A Tribute To Spalding Gray, P.S. 122, New York, NY


Art & Design Faculty Exhibition, Montclair State University Art Gallery, Montclair, NJ

Summer Residency Exhibition, The Cooper Union, New York, NY

Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY


New American Talent: The 19th Exhibition, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX, curated by Jerry Saltz


Lightshow, Clocktower Art Space, New York, NY


Masters Thesis Exhibition, Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York, NY


21 Artist Books, Hunter College Leubsdorf Gallery, New York, NY


New Work: Michael Lee & Susan Weinthaler, Galerie Felvie, Austin, TX



This Is How My Brain Works, Radiator Gallery, New York, NY

Speakers, co-curated with Zoe Pettijohn-Schade and Christopher Schade, Front Street Gallery, New York, NY

What Is Collage?, Radiator Gallery, New York, NY, a panel discussion with Abraham McNally, Leslie Siegel, and Ruth Phaneuf, September 22, 2012

2011 - present            

The Artist Lecture Series, a monthly artist lecture co-curated and organized with Zoe Pettijohn-Schade and Christopher Schade

2008 - 2009           

Bidonville Artist Lecture Series, a monthly artist lecture co-organized with Edouard Steinhauer



2008    Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY

2005    The Cooper Union, New York, NY




William Eckhardt Kohler “In Between:  Various Artists at Various Galleries on the Lower East Side,” The Huffington Post, January 2, 2014


Jerry Saltz “It Hurts So Good To Be Loved So Bad,” New York Magazine online, December 30, 2013


Ragnar Anderson “Greenpoint Artist Mike Lee Perturbs with Patterns,”, October 2, 2012

Kevin Kinsella “Randomly Determined,” Bomblog (Bomb Magazine online), Sept 26, 2012

Michelle Aldredge “Art on the Radar: Gwarlingo’s Don’t Miss List for September,” Gwarlingo, September 2012


Daniel Larkin “Is the Color Gray Doomed?” HyperAllergic, August 16, 2011,

Hrag Vartanian “It’s Getting Ugly Out There on Bedford,” HyperAllergic, June 19, 2011

Rachael Wren and Matthew Farina “Grey Matter: The Enigma of a Lesser Color,” exhibition catalog, The Painting Center, New York, NY, June 21-Aug 6, 2011


Joan Baum “Silas Marder Small-Canvas ‘The Big Show 3’ Returns Bigger and Better                 Than Ever,”, May 24, 2008


Maud Newton “Michael Aaron Lee, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Demons Within,” Maud, Oct. 7, 2006 


Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin “Curator Weaves New Craftiness into Expanded ‘New American Talent’ Show,” The Austin American Statesman, July 1, 2004, D8

Rachel Koper “Saltz Exposes Himself,” The Austin Chronicle, June 18, 2004, p 37

Carolyn Porter “They Like Me, They Really Like Me,” Glass Tire: Texas Visual Arts Online, June 2004

Robert Faires “New American Talent,” The Austin Chronicle June 11, 2004, p 40




“The Eye, The Brain, and Ancient Cities,” This Is How My Brain Works (exhibition catalog essay), September, 2012. 5-7

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