For Immediate Release
January 22, 2009
(Philadelphia, PA) Michael Olszewski:Recent Work opens January 22, 2009 at the List Gallery at Swarthmore College and runs through February 25. The artist will lecture about his work on Thursday, January 22, 4:30 pm in the Lang Performing Arts Center. The List Gallery reception will follow from 5:30 to 7 pm. All events are free and open to the public.
Moore Professor of Textile Design Michael Olszewski's recent fiber constructions and paintings spring from deeply personal responses to issues of intimacy, fate and life's passing.His work Integraties influences as diverse as Pre-Columbian textiles and Russian Constructivism.
Olszewski's original constructions reveal an emotionally expressive range of materials and traditions including Japanese shibori resist dyeing, appliqué, embroidery, and crochet as well as traditional drawing and painting techniques. His deeply moving works plumb the poignancy of human yearning and loss, yet attune viewers to the subtle harmonies of shared experience.
Olszewski is the winner of numerous awards, including fellowships from the PEW Charitable Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Polish Ministry of Culture and The Ballinglen Arts Foundation. His work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in major collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
The exhibition and an accompanying color catalog are made possible through a grant from the William J. Cooper Foundation.
(Pictured above: The Clearing, 2008, 16 1/2 x 16 inches, crochet, stitching and applique, in paper, silk, cotton with metal)
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Jan 22, 2009
Michael Olszewski:Recent Work opens January 22, 2009 at the List Gallery at Swarthmore College. The exhibition featuring fiber constructions and watercolors by the artist runs January 22 to February 25, 2009.Olszewski, a professor of textile design at Moore College of Art & Design, received a PEW Fellowship in the Arts in 2003. He is in numerous distinguished collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of American Art, and The Musuem of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition includes recent fiber constructions and watercolors.