Edmund Lewandowski

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Edmund Lewandowski (1914–1998)[1] was an American Precisionist artist who was often exhibited in the Downtown Gallery alongside other artists such as Charles Sheeler, Charles Demuth, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ralston Crawford, George Ault, and Niles Spencer.

Life[edit]

Edmund Lewandowski was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended the Layton School of Art from 1931 until his graduation in 1934. Afterwards, he assumed a teaching position in public school in order to make a living while he pursued painting on his own and sought commissions in advertising and illustrating with magazines. In 1936, he was invited by prominent modern art dealer Edith Halpert to join her Downtown Gallery. That same year, he also began painting murals for the Federal Art Project and during 1939 and 1940 executed murals for the post office in Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin. From 1942 to 1946, Lewandowski made maps and camouflagefor the United States Army Air Forces and United States Air Force. In 1947, he returned to the Layton School of Art, where he was appointed to the faculty. In 1949, he moved to Florida State University, where he remained until 1954. Following his tenure in Florida, he returned to the Layton school, where he was the directory until 1972. His final position was as the chairman of the art department at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where he served from 1973 until 1984 before his retirement, when he was named professor emeritus. He died in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1998.

References[edit]

Valerie Ann Leeds, "Edmund Lewandowski's Mosaic Murals," American Art Review, 18 (March–April 2006), pp. 142–47.

Valerie Ann Leeds, "Edmund Lewandowski: Precisionism and Beyond," Flint, Michigan: Flint Institute of Arts, 2010. ISBN 9780939896301