Nicholas Sawicki is an associate professor of art history. His area of specialization is European modernism, and he teaches a range of courses on the subject, in addition to more general introductory courses in art history. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. from New York University and is a former receipant of Frank Hook Assistant Professorship at Lehigh University.
Professor Sawicki’s scholarship focuses on modern art of the early twentieth century, and his research looks closely at the cultural and institutional politics of modernism in the early twentieth century, and the way that modern artistic ideals circulated among different cities and nations, particulary in central and eastern Europe. His first book, on the vanguard group of Czech, German and Jewish artists called the Eight, was published by Charles University in Prague (2014). He has contributed to numerous scholarly journals, editions and conferences in the United States and internationally, including Burlington Magazine, Centropa, Images, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Professor Sawicki has been a recipient of Lehigh’s Early Career Award for Distinguished Teaching and other awards and grants, 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.