Tom Wegrzynowski has been a full-time instructor with the UA Department of Art and Art History since 2006. He has taught courses in both studio and art history, including Survey of Art II (ARH 253), Art Theory and Criticism (ARH 380), Art Since World War II (ARH 381), Early 20th Century Art (ARH 385), American Modernism (ARH 481), Drawing I (ART 110), Drawing II (ART 210), Painting I (ART 216), Independent Study in Painting (ART 406) and Navigating Reference for Painters (ART 408).
The process of teaching art history has greatly informed his work, especially in thinking about how artists chronicle the times in which they live. In the studio, he uses traditional methods of oil painting to explore the disjointed nature of contemporary culture. His current body of work explores this theme through a constructed symbolic system that reflects both a personal and societal desire for meaning.
Wegrzynowski has been regularly exhibiting work for two decades, most recently at the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Ala., Lowe Mill in Huntsville, Ala., and the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick, Md. He has exhibited work nationally, at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, the Contemporary Arts Center in Las Vegas and the Transmission Gallery in Oakland, Calif. He has presented solo shows at the Malone Gallery at Troy University (Troy, Ala.) and the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art in Tuscaloosa, as well as two man shows at the Bagwell Center for Media and Art in Knoxville, Tenn., and the Meridian Museum of Art in Mississippi.
Awards for Wegrzynowski’s work include the Trudy Williamson Award for Excellence in Two Dimensional Work from the St. Tammany Art Association in Covington, La. and the Howard & Michael Goodson and Richard Zoellner Purchase Award from The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. He is also a past recipient of an emergency support grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
In addition to painting, Wegrzynowski is also interested in collaborative projects. These include the “Hand to Hand” chronicle of the Iraq War, which was curated by Cecelia Kane and exhibited nationally; illustrations for Alan May’s anthology, “Dead Letters”, which was published by BlazeVOX in 2009; and Jerry Cullum’s conceptual catalog of the “First Walker Street Biennial”. Prints relating to a previous Alan May collaboration, “Notes Toward an Apocryphal Text”, were added to the Avant Writing collection at The Ohio State University.
Click here to view images of a recent exhibition of Wegrzynowski’s work on UA campus.
Recent Shows, News and Reviews
23rd Annual No Dead Artists International Juried Exhibition Of Contemporary Art, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans
Apocrypha, solo exhibition, Arts Council Gallery, Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Tuscaloosa, 2015
UA Art and Art History News: “Wegrzynowski juried into “No Dead Artists” in NOLA”
M.F.A., The University of Alabama (2006)