Associate Professor of Art History
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Room 253, Department of Art, Architecture and Design Mt. Top Campus, Bldg C
Nicholas Sawicki is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art, Architecture and Design, and is presently on leave as Leonard A. Lauder Distinguished Scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He writes and teaches on the history of modern art with a concentration on early 20th century European art. His research focuses in particular on how modernism developed in central and eastern Europe, and the emerging infrastructure of artist-run associations, exhibitions, and publications, that promoted it. He is a specialist in modern Czech art and has published extensively on the subject, as well as on the history of exhibitions, collecting, and transnational artistic exchange.
Professor Sawicki 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 on the Prague-born painter and graphic artist Friedrich Feigl (2016), on whom he also curated the recent exhibition Friedrich Feigl: The Eye Sees the World (2016) at the Gallery of Fine Arts in Cheb and the South Bohemian Gallery, both in the Czech Republic. Among his other recent publications are articles on Max Brod, Vincenc Kramář, and Pablo Picasso. He 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, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, and others.
He is a past recipient of Lehigh’s Class of 1961 endowed professorship and Early Career Award for Distinguished Teaching as well as other awards, including a Fulbright fellowship and grants from the Getty Research Institute, Leo Baeck Institute, Social Sciences Research Council, and other organizations. 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 detailed list of Professor Sawicki’s publications and projects: