ROCK HILL, S.C. - This fall, Winthrop University Galleries will begin the new season with an in-depth look into the works of an influential artist, art educator and mentor known as a local treasure.
“Edmund Lewandowski – Precisionism and Beyond” opens Sept. 6 in Rutledge and Patrick Galleries. The three-month show, which ends Dec. 9, is the first-ever retrospective on the works of the late Ed Lewandowski, former chair of Winthrop’s Department of Art and Design. Organized by the Flint Institute of Arts in Flint, Mich., this traveling exhibition showcases works of art on loan from private collections, museums and galleries across the U.S. “Precisionism and Beyond” was guest curated by Dr. Valerie Leeds, the Flint Institute’s adjunct curator of American art.
The opening reception for “Precisionism and Beyond” and the fall 2010 season will be held Sept. 10 from 6:30-8 p.m. in Rutledge and Patrick Galleries. In conjunction with the retrospective, the Galleries will host two lectures and an art workshop in October and November. On Oct. 21, Tony Rajer, art conservator and instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will give an 8 p.m. talk in Rutledge 119 titled “Ed Lewandowski: Restoring His Art and Legacy: A Personal View of a Great American Artist.” Rajer also will host a three-day workshop, “The Business of Art Workshop,” Oct. 22-24. Participation is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
Show curator Leeds will speak on “Art and Industry: The Career of Edmund Lewandowski” on Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. in Rutledge Gallery. Both talks are approved cultural events for students.
As part of the expansive Lewandowski retrospective, the Galleries will host “Artifacts of Edmund Lewandowski from the Winthrop University Collection” Sept. 6-30 in the Lewandowski Student Gallery. This smaller exhibition will feature artifacts donated by Ed and Dolores Lewandowski – including paintings, drawings, works in progress, postcards, the contents of his studio and more – to Winthrop’s permanent collection.
Also opening this fall in the Galleries will be two student exhibitions. The Foundations Exhibition, which runs Oct. 11-Nov. 11 in the Lewandowski Student Gallery, offers a sampling of faculty-selected 2D and 3D projects created by first-year fine arts students. From Nov. 22-Dec. 16, gallery visitors can view the Art Education Senior Student Exhibition, a collection of the artwork of senior art education majors.
The Galleries will offer special weekend hours during the retrospective, with exhibitions on display from noon-4 p.m. on Sept. 18-19, Nov. 6-7 and Nov. 13-14. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and galleries will be closed Oct. 15-18, Nov. 2 and Nov. 25-26.
For more information, contact Karen Derksen, assistant gallery director, at ext. 2493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.