Resume: Chong-Ok Lee Matthews

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2004-2007    New York University – M.A., New York, NY

1993-1996    University of Houston – Major: Painting M.F.A., Houston, TX

1991 Fall    Polytechnic South West Art and Design, Exeter, England
        Major: Painting Exchange Student Program

1989-1993    University of Houston – Major: Painting B.F.A., Houston, TX

1984-1989    San Jacinto College North, Houston, TX
       Major: Fashion Design & Fine Art    

Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, CA
       Major: Fashion Design



2005    Summer New York University Studio Art in Venice, Venice, Italy

2004    Summer New York University Studio Art in Venice, Venice, Italy

2001    Summer Oxford University at Christ Church, Oxford, England
      Study: Tudor England & Victorian Britain

1998    Summer Pont-Avon School of Art, Brittany, France

1998     Summer The American University of Paris, France and Spain
       Study: Catalan Encounters

1997     Summer Pratt in Venice, Venice, Italy
       Study: Studio Art (Painting & Art History)

1995    Summer Denmark’s International Studies (DIS), Copenhagen, Denmark
       Study: Danish Design &Special Studies in Studio Art    

1994    Summer Oxford University – Study: 19th Century British Painting
       Oxford, England Royal College of Art – Study: Painting, London, England

1993     Summer Houston Art Society (Russia with Art Lover), Russia and Ukraine
       Study: Russian Art History

1991     Summer Universita Internazionale Del’ Arte, Venice, Italy
       Study: Art History of Venice, Painting & Drawing

1990     Summer Edinburgh University – Study: Scotland Heritage Culture, Scotland
       University of Cambridge – Study: British Painting    Cambridge, U.K.

1988     Summer Barbizon School of Modeling, Houston, TX.



2011    The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Brown Foundation Fellowship)

Dora Maar House Residency Program, Menerbes, France

1998     Nominated to study (Studio Art). Pont-Aven School of Art, Brittany, France
       Pont-Avon School of Art 98’ Poster Contest Award

1992    Golden Key National Honor Society – University of Houston, Houston, TX

1991    Thomas Flax Scholarship- University of Houston Art Dept., Houston, TX

1989    Daytime Wear Show, Dallas, TX

1988    Barbizon Modeling, Photogenic, Houston, TX

1978    Children’s Daytime Wear, Los Angeles, CA



2013    Collection: Mrs. Kyung Hae Lee, “Untitled”            
       (three oil on canvas paintings) 106 X 82, 102 X 64,
       and 84 X 64 inches, Houston, TX

2010    Collection: Mr. and Mrs. Ki Bun Koo, “Untitled”
       (oil on canvas painting) 60 X 276 inches, Houston, TX



2013    Wade Wilson Gallery “Group Exhibition”, Houston, TX

2013    Wade Wilson Gallery “Group Exhibition”, Santa Fe, NM

2013    Upon Relocation of ARTERY, “Nude Drawings & Portraiture,”   
       ARTERY   Houston, TX

2007     NYU Master Thesis Exhibition, New York, NY

2006     Avenue Art Show, Winter Street Studios’ Gallery, Houston, TX

2005     Oratorio di San Ludovico “Project”, Venice, Italy

2005     Winter Street Studios’ Gallery “Art on Avenue”, Houston, TX

2005     Southwest Korean Artist “Members Art Exhibition”, Houston, TX

2004    New York University, Graduate Student Show, Bevilaqua
       Massa Gallery at San Marco, Venice, Italy

2001    French Institute Alliance Francaise, New York, NY

2000    The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake “Creative CrossRoads”, Nassau Bay, TX

1998     Pier Deux France Country, New York, NY

1998     Pont- Avon City Hall, Brittany, France

1997     Pratt Institute Gallery, New York, NY

1996     Blaffer Gallery – M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition at U of H, Houston, TX

1995     Lynn Goode Gallery – “Opening Moves”, Houston, TX

1995     Houston City Hall – “Art Goes to City Hall”, Houston, TX

1995     Southwest Korean Artist- Harwin Medical Center, Houston, TX

1994     Royal College of Art “Landscapes from London”, London, U.K

1994     Moody Gallery – “Opening Moves”, Houston, TX

1994     Blaffer Gallery – University of Houston Student Show, Houston, TX

1994     William’s Gallery – Alumni Group Exhibition, Houston, TX

1993     Southwest Korean Artist – Harwin Medical Center, Houston, TX

1991     Exeter Gallery “Landscapes from Exeter”, Exeter, U.K.

1991     Pratt Institute Gallery Alumni Group Show, New York, NY

1991    University Internazionale Dell ‘Arte Student Show, Venice, Italy



2014    Winter Street Studio “South Korean Landscapes”, Houston, TX

2013    Artery “Seated Nude”, Houston, TX

2012    Choi Jung Ah Gallery at Hong Ik University,
       “Watercolor and mixed media with Figures”, Seoul, Korea

2012    Winter Street Studios’ Gallery “Water Color with Figures”, Houston, TX

2011    Dora Maar House “Landscape from Menerbes”, Menerbes, France

2011    Winter Street Studio “Large Paintings”, Houston, TX

2007    Artery “Nude Drawings”, Houston, TX

2007    Washington Square East Galleries “Sole from the Moon”, New York, NY

2007    Artery “Nude Drawings”, Houston, TX

2007    Winter Street Studios’ Gallery “Recent Work”, Houston, TX

2005    Winter Street Studios’Gallery “New Venice Landscapes”, Houston, TX

2005    Dorsoduro 3593 “From My Window” (Summer), Venice, Italy

2004    Korean American Community Gallery
       “Nude & Landscapes – Variation”, Houston, TX

2003    Gallery 32 “Landscapes Oil on Paper”, New York, NY

2003    Radio Korea Houston – “Landscapes Oil on Paper”, Houston, TX

1999    English Antiques – “Mixed Media Landscapes”, Sugarland, TX

1999    United Central Bank- “Coldspring Landscaping”, Houston, TX

1998    The Korea Times- “Venice Landscaping”, Houston, TX

1997    NAAN Gallery – “Landscapes – Oil on Paper”, Houston, TX

1997    Senior Citizen Center – “Coldspring Landscapings”, Coldspring, TX

1996    Small Project Gallery – “Small Landscapings”, Houston, TX


1989-1982    Alex Coleman Casual Wear, Assistant Designer, Los Angeles, CA

1980-1981    LA Sports Wear, Assistant Designer, Los Angeles, CA

1979-1980    Encounter Ladies Garment, Industrial Assistant Designer, Los Angeles, CA



Born in Seoul, Korea, and moved to study in the U.S. in 1972.
Lived in Los Angeles for 10 years.
Married and moved to Texas in 1984.

Led the fundraising activity on behalf of the Houston Korean community for the Korean Art Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 2004 to 2007. Served on the Board of Trustees at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston since 2007 - 2013.

Presently creating art at the Winter Street Studio and involved with the MFAH, Houston. Exhibiting in the United States, Asia, and Europe while maintaining Matthews Art Studio in Houston, TX.