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Winthrop University Galleries

Gallery Talks & Visiting Artists - Fall 2010 

November 18, 2010, 8 p.m.
Guest Lecture, Valerie Leeds
Art & Industry: The Career of Edmund Lewandowski
Valerie Ann Leeds, Ph. D.
Curator of Edmund Lewandowski: Precisionism and Beyond
Rutledge Gallery /
Rutledge Building

Valerie Leeds, guest curator of Winthrop University Galleries' "Edmund Lewandowski – Precisionism and Beyond" exhibition, will discuss the late Lewandowski's artistic career.  She works as adjunct curator of American art for the Flint Institute of Arts in Flint, Mich., which organized this first-ever exhibition on Lewandowski's accomplished career as a muralist and painter who embraced Precisionism, an American painting style that depicted industrial scenes and architectural motifs, void of human figures as subjects, in a near-abstract manner. Leeds will explore Lewandowski's designation as "the Last Precisionist" and his focus on the industrialized world in his work.

"Widely acknowledged as the preeminent second-generation Precisionist, Lewandowski celebrates the industrialized Midwest in his art," Leeds noted. "He felt an affinity to the Precisionists, artists who were responsible for elevating industrial subject matter and asserting it as emblematic of the modern world."

Leeds worked previously as curator of American art at the Orlando Museum of Art in Orlando, Fla., and the Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa, Fla., She earned her B.A. in art history at the University of Rochester in New York, her M.A. in art history (with a focus on 19th-century European art) at Syracuse University and her Ph.D. in art history at the City University of New York.

"Edmund Lewandowski – Precisionism and Beyond" explores the work of Lewandowski, an acclaimed muralist and a standout in the Precisionist movement. Raised in the industrial environment of Milwaukee, Wis., Lewandowski's surroundings impacted his artistic development profoundly. Later in his life, from 1973-84, he was chair of Winthrop’s Department of Art and Design and became an important artist, activist and mentor in Rock Hill.

The exhibition will continue through Dec. 9. Winthrop University Galleries will offer special weekend hours during the retrospective, with "Precisionism and Beyond" available for viewing noon - 4 p.m. on Nov. 13-14. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and galleries will be closed Nov. 25-26.

October 21, 2010, 8 p.m.
Guest Lecture, Tony Rajer
Ed Lewandowski: Restoring His Art and Legacy,
A Personal View of a Great American Artist

Tony Rajer, A
rt conservator and instructor
University of Wisconsin
Rutledge 119
Rutledge Building 


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