Source: STAR, Malaysia / Thursday 12 June 2003-06-12 / Metro/ page12 &page 13  


More Scholarships for talented artist

Sarah Lawrence College is one of the top liberal arts colleges in the United States

Lee Hui Ling, the young Malaysian art prodigy, has once again been named the recipient of the Gaylord Donnelley Family Scholarship and also awarded the Sarah Lawrence Board of Trustees Scholarship for the 2003/2004 academic year.

Awarded for her excellent academic record and outstanding contributions to the college community, the total amount of the awards is RM160, 000 ( 2003/2004 ) .

Lee Has been pursuing her undergraduate studies at Sarah Lawrence College, one the top liberal arts colleges in the United States, in the visual Arts, Humanities and the Social Sciences since September 2001 under the Board of Trustees Scholarship.

At only 19 years of age, Lee held her first solo art exhibition in August 2001 in Kuala Lumpur, which was launched by Datin Seri Endon Mahmood, wife of the Deputy Prime Minister.

This was followed by her second solo exhibition in October 2002 at the A Space at

Sarah Lawrence College and a third solo exhibition in January 2003 in Kuala Lumpur.

The daughter of famous Klang artists Lee Kian Seng and Shoko Lee, she was already wielding the pencil and paintbrush at the age of two. Since then, she has been drawing anything that catches her fancy.

From seashells and Lego toys, Lee went on painting excursions covering the length and breadth of Klang town and Port Klang where she would inevitably draw small crowds of curious onlookers.

Describing herself as an unconventional person, Lee said: Im never fixed on a style or genre. My artistic capabilities are constantly evolving and embracing new elements.

Besides her beloved art, Lee is active in other arenas as well.

At Sarah Lawrence, she is on the board of student body APICAD (Asian/Pacific Coalition for Action and Diversity) and also a student representative on the Advisory Board of the Campbell Sports Centre Committee.

Currently, she is working on a body of new artwork in New York, with inspirations based on her sighs and experiences in the United States.

However, Lee is not the only outstanding achiever in the family. A younger sister, Hui Lian, has been a member of the Malaysian Mensa Society since 1999 with an IQ of 180.

Offered the ASEAN scholarship at the age of 15, Hui Lian is currently pursuing A-levels at the prestigious National Junior College in Singapore.

Lee with principal of Sarah Lawrence College, Dr Michele Tolela Myers. A file picture of Lee showing Endon some of her works on display


A painting by Hui Lian