Thomas Nozkowski

Thomas Nozkowski. Photo courtesy of

“A great curator, I think, makes a new kind of history.”

Noted abstract painter Thomas Nozkowski is known for his richly colored and intimately scaled paintings. After receiving a BFA from The Cooper Union Art School, he began exhibiting in group shows in 1973 and made his solo debut in 1979. By 1982, the Museum of Modern Art in New York had acquired a painting from an early one-person exhibition for their permanent collection. To date, Nozkowski’s paintings have been featured in more than 300 museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide, including over 70 solo shows, at places like the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the Ludwig Museum in Germany, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. In 2007, Nozkowski’s works were included in Robert Storr’s exhibition at the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Think with the Senses, Feel with the Mind—Art in the Present Tense. Among his many honors are four awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and the New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

In May 2010, Nozkowski and distinguished curator Robert Storr participated in a live conversation at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage during which they addressed the practice of painting, the making of painting exhibitions, and the relationship between the two.


Collaborators & Colleagues

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Friends of the Laurel Hill Cemetery will host a grant opening to celebrate the rebuilding of the cemetery’s historic pedestrian entrance.

Grants & Grantees

Caribbean-American dancer-choreographer Tania Isaac (Pew Fellow, 2011) fuses choreography with personal documentary and social commentary.

Grants & Grantees

Roko Kawai and a team of collaborators traveled to Japan to develop the dance/sound piece Izu House.

Grants & Grantees

Temple Contemporary celebrated the life of a single row home before it was razed, in an effort to generate critical thinking, discussion, and action around issues of housing redevelopment and preservation in Philadelphia.

Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle’s award-winning production of The Object Lesson travels to Ohio’s Wexner Center for the Arts.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Bill T. Jones is an artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer, as well as the founder of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and executive artistic director New York Live Arts.

SAADA is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a more inclusive society by giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent their unique and diverse experiences.

Grants & Grantees

Kevin Kautenburger is a visual artist and a 1999 Pew Fellow.

In an interactive workshop at the Center, Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and author of The Participatory Museum, shared her vision for the future of cultural institutions as personal, dynamic, and collaborative places for visitor engagement.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Violinist Jennifer Koh has performed worldwide with leading orchestras and conductors, and she is on the faculty at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.