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June Issue 2010

Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, Features Works by Edmund Lewandowski

In preparation for a major fall exhibition of artist Edmund Lewandowski's work, Winthrop University Galleries at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, is presenting the exhibit, Preparing for Ed: The Art and Artifacts of Edmund Lewandowski ­ Precisionist, on view through June 18, 2010.

Housed in Rutledge Gallery, the exhibition will contain process drawings, artwork, photographs, mementoes and artifacts 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, WI, and these surroundings profoundly impacted 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 clear, near-abstract manners. 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, an SCETV documentary that aired statewide. The documentary will be available for viewing during this exhibition.

The artist 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, MI, 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 US. The exhibit will continue through Dec. 9, 2010.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the University at 803/323-2493 or visit (www.winthrop.edu).

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