Department of Art and Art History Welcomes Prestigious Professor

Leonard Lehrer appointed as part-time Visiting Professor in Art

The College of Fine Arts and the Department of Art and Art History have jointly appointed Professor Leonard Lehrer as a part-time Visiting Professor in Art. Professor Lehrer’s appointment will focus on revitalizing the 30 year-old Guest Artist in Printmaking Program (GAPP) and to serve as an advisor at large for various College initiatives including the newly implemented Arts Education initiative of the College of Fine Arts.

Professor Lehrer’s primary responsibility will be to coordinate a new program tentatively titled Printmaking Convergence that will enhance the 30 year-old GAPP and bring national attention to the graduate printmaking program and new Visual Arts Center (VAC) printmaking studio. His main focus will be on developing a program that takes advantage of the wealth of fine art print-related resources at The University of Texas, in the Austin community and across the state and nation. The goal of the program is to promote the art of the print and all of its manifestations across a broad spectrum of art making and scholarship in order to enhance the educational mission of the department. Professor Lehrer will teach one organized course per year and serve as the director of the Printmaking Convergence program.

Knowledge of his retirement from Colombia College in Chicago came to us during the summer months. The fortuitous opportunity to bring an individual of his experience to UT was simply too good to pass up. In addition to the focus on printmaking, his national leadership role in developing arts education policy will benefit the College’s goal of improving high school arts education in the State of Texas.

He comes to Austin after serving from 2000 – 2007 as Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College, and most recently as Associate Provost for External Affairs. Previous to this appointment he held positions as chair or director of art departments and art schools at The University of New Mexico, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Arizona State University and New York University. He served on the College Art Association’s committee to establish national guidelines for the M.F.A. and B.F.A degrees; he was also President of the MidAmerica College Art Association.

Professor Lehrer is currently Chair of the College Board’s National Taskforce on Arts Education, a Founding Trustee of the International Print Center New York (IPCNY), Trustee of apexart Gallery, New York, and Trustee of the International Centre for Culture and Management (ICCM), Salzburg, Austria. He recently received the highly prestigious Lifetime Achievement in Printmaking Award by the Southern Graphics Council. Previous winners of this award include Xu Bing, William Wiley, Warrington Colescott and Chuck Close. Professor Lehrer is a painter and printmaker whose work has been seen internationally for several decades. He has had more than 43 solo exhibitions; these include shows in New York City, Philadelphia and extensively throughout the United States, Germany, Austria and Spain including five, one-person museum exhibitions.

Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2009