Nicholas Sawicki

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Nicholas Sawicki
Associate Professor of Art History
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Room 253, Department of Art, Architecture and Design Mt. Top Campus, Bldg C


History of modern art, with a focus on European art of the early 20th century

Nicholas Sawicki teaches and writes about the history of modern art, with a focus on European art of the early 20th century.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and B.A. from New York University, and presently holds Lehigh’s endowed Class of 1961 Associate Professorship. 

Professor Sawicki’s research looks at how modernism developed in Europe’s smaller artistic centers, and at the infrastructure of associations, exhibitions, and periodicals that emerged to promote it, particularly in central and eastern Europe.  He is interested in how modern art and artists circulated across national boundaries, and has written extensively on the subject of cubism in Prague and Paris.  He is the author of monographs on the vanguard group of Czech, German and Jewish artists called the Eight, published by Charles University in Prague (2014), and the painter and graphic artist Friedrich Feigl (2016).  The latter edition accompanies the recent traveling exhibition Friedrich Feigl: The Eye Sees the World, which Professor Sawicki curated for the Gallery of Fine Arts in Cheb, in the Czech Republic.

Professor Sawicki has contributed to numerous other scholarly editions, journals, and conferences in the United States and internationally, including Burlington Magazine, Centropa, Images, the Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, and the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.  He is a past recipient of Lehigh’s Frank Hook Assistant Professorship and Early Career Award for Distinguished Teaching as well as other grants and awards, including Fulbright-Hays, Social Sciences Research Council, and Leo Baeck Institute fellowships.  Before coming to Lehigh he held academic appointments at Grinnell College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The following link provides a more detailed list of Professor Sawicki’s publications and projects, including articles and lectures available for downloading.