February 21, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Painter Thomas Nozkowski will give the annual Rapaport Lecture in Contemporary Art at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. This talk is free and open to the public.

Professor of painting at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Nozkowski has had more than 60 one-person shows. The New York Times has written that Nozkowski is “unable to make an uninteresting painting. This is pretty amazing considering that for 25 years he has restricted his vocabulary to the fundamental elements of two-dimensional design and refused to venture beyond the boundaries of the easel-size canvas. Yet he persists in producing one surprising, punchy, near-perfect composition after another.”

Nozkowski’s most recent exhibitions include a show of new work at the Max Protetch Gallery, New York (2006); Gorney Bravin + Lee Gallery, New York (2006); Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles (2005) and a 10 year survey of paintings at Haunch of Venison, London (2004). The New York Studio School presented a 25 year survey of his drawings in 2003. He is represented in the collections of the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the High Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Phillips Collection, among others. He is a Guggenheim fellow and has received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Painting.

The Rapaport Lectureship in Contemporary Art Fund, established in 1999, provides support for an annual lecture by an artist, art writer or art critic on some aspect of contemporary art. The goal of the Rapaport Lectureship is to increase awareness and appreciation of contemporary art among students and the community.