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May 17 Exhibition to Give Glimpse into Life, Works of Edmund Lewandowski

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 Opening May 17, "Preparing for Ed" will be a preliminary exhibit for a major fall exhibition of Lewandowski's work.
 "Preparing for Ed" will contain artwork, artifacts and more donated by Lewandowski and his wife, Dolores.

Lewandowski works on a Works Progress Administration
mural in 1938 for the Milwaukee Home Show.
The artist creates a mural for the American Export Lines.

ROCK HILL, S.C. - In preparation for a major fall exhibition of artist Edmund Lewandowski's work, Winthrop University Galleries will host "Preparing for Ed: The Art and Artifacts of Edmund Lewandowski – Precisionist" May 17-June 18.

Housed in Rutledge Gallery, the exhibition will contain process drawings, artwork, photographs, artifacts and more donated by Lewandowski and his wife, Dolores, that provide insight into the artist's inspiration and his life in the Rock Hill community. Lewandowski served as chair of Winthrop's Department of Art and Design from 1973-84, and to the community he remained a prominent artist, activist and mentor until his death in 1998.

Born in 1914, Lewandowski grew up in the industrial environment of Milwaukee, Wis., and these surroundings had a profound impact on his development as an artist. He became involved in the Precisionist movement, an American style of painting that focused on industrial scenes and architectural motifs and presented them in a clear, near-abstract manner. Lewandowski's artwork has been recognized nationally since the 1930s; he collaborated with the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression and created murals across the Midwest. Ten years ago, Lewandowski's art was the subject of "Remembering Ed: The Last Precisionist," a documentary by SCETV that aired statewide. The documentary will be available for viewing during the "Preparing for Ed" exhibition May 17-June 18.

Lewandowski also built a reputation as a major mosaic artist, helping create the well-known public War Memorial in Milwaukee, the largest mosaic ever produced in America.

"Preparing for Ed" will serve as preparation for the first major retrospective exhibition of Lewandowski's work. Organized by the Flint Institute of Arts in Flint, Mich., and curated by Valerie Leeds, this traveling exhibition – titled "Edmund Lewandowski: Precisionism and Beyond" – will open Sept. 6, 2010, in Rutledge Gallery. Included in the exhibit will be 50 works on loan from private collections, museums and galleries across the U.S. "Edmund Lewandowski: Precisionism and Beyond" will continue through Dec. 9, 2010. This project has been made possible in part by Williams & Fudge, Inc., Rock Hill, and other generous donors.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday through May 30. From May 31-June 18, gallery hours will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9-11:30 a.m. on Fridays.

For more information about "Preparing for Ed" or the fall 2010 exhibition, contact the Galleries at 803/323-2493 or visit the website.

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