Julie Lee

lee, j..pngJulie Lee (Vice-Pres. Of Collections, Bowers Museum)



7.11 – The Vanishings (4.24.15)


The Catalina Island Museum announces the upcoming departure of its Executive Director, Dr. Michael De Marsche …

After conducting a national search to replace Dr. De Marsche, the Catalina Island Museum’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Executive Director, Julie Perlin Lee. She departs her current position as Vice President of Collections and Exhibition Development at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.  She assumes her new role at the Catalina Island Museum on August 15.

Lee has worked with institutions around the world on a broad range of exhibitions, including Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor and the first ever exhibition of North American Indian art to travel to Columbia at the Museo del Oro, and to several museums throughout China. She was instrumental in enhancing the quality of the Bowers Museum collections, especially its Oceanic art collection. A supporter of art organizations in Southern California, Lee has also worked with the city of Santa Ana to shape its arts community. As a part-time professor at California State University, Fullerton and at Irvine Valley College, Lee instructed museum studies courses for Anthropology and Art majors.

A native of Orange County, Lee has fond memories of Avalon and personal connections to a number of current island residents. She has two children and is married to David Michael Lee, a fine art painter, professor of art and the Gallery Director for Coastline Community College in Newport Beach. [1]


[1] https://thecatalinaislander.com/catalina-island-museum-gets-new-executive-director/


Who were they?… Why did they come?… What did they leave behind?… Where did they go?… Will they return?…

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