Lee Sandstead

Lee Sandstead

Speaker 2016

Art Historian

Art historian Lee Sandstead is author of the #1 iTunes international best-seller Cleaning Mona Lisa and host of Travel Channel’s Art Attack with Lee Sandstead.

Lee discovered art in his early 20s, and ever since, he has been on one amazing art adventure after another—from exploring the world’s greatest museums to summiting Albert Bierstadt’s Mt. Rosalie to walking over 2,200 miles through portions of France, Portugal and Spain along the medieval pilgrimage trail Camino de Santiago to document ecclesiastical art and architecture.

He was host of Travel Channel’s Art Attack with Lee Sandstead, which secured a Daytime Emmy nomination. In this series of thrilling TV documentaries, Lee and crew travelled to various museums around the United States examining each museum’s five, must-see artworks in an informative, entertaining manner.

Lee has long been a pioneer in new technologies in the art-history classroom, and with the release of his #1 best-selling iBook Cleaning Mona Lisa, Lee continues to use technology to spread his passion for art.

For the past 15 years, Lee has developed a national reputation as an exciting and dramatic speaker and has expressed his passion for art at over 200 major university and museum institutions including: Harvard, Yale, New York University, Columbia University, The Smithsonian Institution, The Birmingham Museum of Art, The Walters Art Museum, Ole Miss, Virginia Commonwealth University, Tufts University, University of Washington, University of Virginia, The University of Kentucky, Duke University, Virginia Tech, Penn State, The Chrysler Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, University of Toronto, George Mason University, University of Memphis, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, etc.

Lee has been a university professor for the past 15 years; teaching at notable universities such as: Montclair State University, State University of New York and City College. Recently, Lee led a team to establish art-history and fine-arts programs for a small college in Southern Virginia, and he was nominated for the prestigious Virginia Governor’s Arts Award.

After living for many years in New York City, Lee now lives in the mountains of Virginia with his wife and dog where he writes, continues to lecture, gives tours and rides his bicycle.