Profile

Niles Lewandowski
Associate Professor
MFA, University of Pennsylvania
BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art

Statement:
My paintings are largely about perception, the process of observation and subjective interpretation. A sense of a particular place, tangible, atmospheric and the incorporeal are elements that stimulate and incite me to make my paintings. But they are also about the sensual process of painting itself; the physical quality of the paint, the multiple layers of pigment and glazes that when viewed up close can reveal insights into the decision making process. I have been influenced by many other artists and cultures : Old and Modern Masters, Teachers, Colleagues, Mayan art and architecture. A contrast between control and spontaneity, structure and impetuousness, coexist simultaneously in almost all my work because of so many influences.

The subject, style and content of my work have undergone various changes and transformations throughout my career. Travels through Central America and my interest in the ancient Maya inspired a series of works with a narrative flavor. Other influences in my life have caused change even further. Over the years, my work has transformed from fairly direct observational drawing and painting into abstractions that are inspired by my travels and interests in ancient archeological sites. Currently I am working on a series of new paintings that have been inspired by a recent journey through China.

Solo Exhibitions:
Saint Joseph's University; John Sloan Gallery, Lockhaven University; Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.; Westby Gallery, Rowan University; Twentieth Century Gallery, Williamsburg, Va.; Nesbitt Design Arts Gallery, Drexel University; McKinney Gallery, West Chester University; Delaware County Community College; Chestnut Hill College; Bucks County Community College; Houston Hall Gallery, University of Pennsylvania.

Selected Group and Juried Exhibitions:
Delaware Museum of Art, Wilmington, De; Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, Pa., Fifth Street Gallery, Wilmington, De; Meredith Contemporary Art Gallery, Baltimore, Md.; Trenton Museum, Trenton, New Jersey; Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Md.; Camden County Cultural and Heritage Agency, Camden, New Jersey; Gross McCleaf Gallery Philadelphia, Pa.; Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey; Woodmere Museum, Philadelphia, Pa.; Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.; University of Delaware, Newark, De.; the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.; the Art Alliance, Philadelphia, Pa.; Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham Pa. Foliograph Gallery, Mc Lean, Va.; Faculty Exchange Exhibition, Tianjin, China.

Collections:
NGA America, Philadelphia; M Bank USA, Wilmington, Del.; Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia; Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, Philadelphia; Merk Sharp & Dohme, Norristown, Pa.; Bell Savings Bank, Philadelphia; Lockhaven University, Lock Haven, Pa.; Delaware County Community College, Media, Pa.

 


Class Schedule, Fall 2014

M,TH01:00PM - 03:50PMDrawing: Objects & Space
M,TH08:30AM - 11:20AMDrawing: Objects & Space
F10:00AM - 03:50PMRepresentational Painting

Contact Info

Office: Anderson Hall 3RD
Tel: 215-717-6210
Fax: 215-717-6218