The following information was submitted by his son David G. Lee:
Wallace Glen Lee was born on June 16, 1933 in Panguitch, Utah to Glen Steele Lee and Mary Schow. He graduated from Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago, Illinois in 1958. He married Joan Adele Adams in 1953 and they have three children; Judge Wallace A. Lee, Dr. David G. Lee, DDS., and Joyce Adele Lee, who died in 1978 from an automobile accident.
Dr. Lee practiced dentristry for thirty-two years in Pangutch, UT. The dental office he built still functions as a dental practice today. He served his profession as president of the Southern Utah District Dental Society and as a delegate on the governing body of the Utah Dental Association.
In addition of being active in his profession, Dr. Lee served two terms as mayor of Panguitch from 1973-1981. As mayor, he guided the community with a sense of purpose in making Panguitch a model community in the state. He served as President of the Lions and Jacee Clubs and Chamber of Commerce in Panguitch. He was appointed member of the Governor's Advisory Council on Community affairs under both Gonvernors Rampton and Matheson. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Utah League of Cities and Towns. He served on the Garfield Memorial Hospital Board and Hospital Foundation Board. He was a member of the Tenth Circuit Court Judicial Nominating Commission, and served as a Regional Director of Zion's First National Bank. In 1987 Dr. Lee recieved the Southern Utah Honors Medallion at Southern Utah Universtiy for his extraordinary commitment to Southern Utah.
While dentistry was his life's work, he always carried a dream to pursue a career in fine art. In December 1989 at the age of 56, Dr. Lee retired from dentistry and the opportunity to pursue his life long dream became a reality.
In January 1990 he and Joan moved to St. George where he registered for classes with Max Bunnell and Del Parson at Dixie College. In addtion to instruction at Dixie College, there are nine artist whom Wally has studied with and who were influential in his work. They include: Spike Ress, Hogyu Ji, Ann Tepleton, Ray Vinella, Michael Lynch, Everett Kinstler, Howard Carr, Richard Schmid and Harley Brown.
From student to instructor, Wally taught art classes at Dixie State College and has given workshops. He was a signature member of the Nevada Watercolor Society and the Western Federation and Southern Utah Watercolor Societies. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his artwork.
The following are some fo the most recent:
- 1997, 1998, 2000, 2005 - "First Place Watercolor:, Robert N. and Peggy
Sears Dixie State College Invitational Art Show, St. George Art Museum, St.
- 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 - Western Federation of Watercolor Societies
Exhibit "Juror's Commendation Award", San Diego, CA & "Merit Award" Park
City, UT & "Merchandise Award", Las Vegas, NV.
- 1999, 2001 - "Best of Show" Arts in the Park Art Show, St. George, UT.
- 1999, 2000, 2004 - "Top 100" Arts for the Parks Competition "Award for
- 2000, 2001, & 2003 - "Best of Watercolor" 2003 : "Best of Painting", 2001;
"Best of Watercolor", 2000 ; The Regional, St. George Art Museum, St.
- 2002 - "Mini 50" Arts for the Parks competition, "REGION II WINNER"
Jackson Hole, WY.
- 2002 - "Best of Show" Nevada Watercolor Society Signature member Show, Las
- 2002 - "Best of Show / Purchase Award" Robert N. and Peggy Sears Dixie
College Invitational Art Show, St. George, UT.
- 2003 - "Award of Merit", 2003 Spring Salon Springville Museum of Art,
- 2005 - One Man Show, "A Journey in Burr Trail Country", St. George Art
- 2005 - Art Show in remembrance of Wallace Lee, Cedar City Art Committee,
Cedar City, UT.
- 2006 - "Wallace Lee's Legacy of National Parks", Art Show, St. George Art
- 2006 - Art Show in Memoriam of Wallace Lee, and three others, Springville
Museum of Art.
- 2006 - Wallace Lee Featured Artwork in Escalante Canyons Arts Festival
Everett Ruess Days.
Wally was also asked, along with several other artists, to paint and donate for display two paintings for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, St. George Tabernacle. "Christ in Gethsemane" and "Brigham Young selecting the site of the St. George Temple" were the two paintings he donated. Wallace's death occurred before the dedication of this exhibit in 2005.
Wally has painted 853 "professional" paintings. The painting he was working on at the time of his death, "The Unfinished Painting", is number 854.
Wallace Glen Lee passed away on May 10, 2005 from cancer at his hime in St. George, Utah. He is buried in the Panguitch City Cemetery.