Christopher Olszewski

  • Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Michigan, 1993
  • B.F.A., painting/drawing, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1996
  • M.F.A., painting/sculpture, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 2000

"Finding your way in the art world can be a very difficult process; I was lucky enough to encounter a few teachers along the way that mentored me and gave me the knowledge to pursue art as a career. I became a teacher because of this and truly love working with young artists and helping them to develop their creative skills. Savannah College of Art and Design is a creative institution with world-class students, state of the art technology and my colleagues are professional visual artists. Within this setting, I encourage diversity of interpretation, innovation, and experimentation with an emphasis on contemporary strategies, art history and visual analyses. My classes are a culmination of technical and conceptual studio experiences along with exposure to problem solving strategies."

Christopher Olszewski | Foundation studies professor

Awards, recognition and honors

University Scholar's Competitive Travel Grant, University of Mississippi Exhibition Honorarium, New College of Florida Visiting Lecturer, Augusta State Visiting Artist Honorarium, University Scholar's Competitive Travel Grant, Scholar's Competitive Travel Grant, Northern Arizona University Exhibition Award, Delta Center for the Arts Exhibition Honorarium, Fine Arts Center Gallery ASU Exhibition Honorarium, The Detroit Institute of the Arts-Guest Lecturer Stipend, Indianapolis Art Center Exhibition Honorarium, Girardot National Drawing Juror's Award, Commonwealth Research Award, Competitive Graduate Studies Grant, Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship, State of Michigan Governor's Fine Arts Grant


College Art Association (CAA), Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE), Mid-America College Art Association (MACAA)

Previous Positions

Professor, Foundation Studies, SCAD; assistant professor, Studio Art Faculty; foundations area coordinator, director of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi; adjunct faculty, Henry Ford Community College; Drawing in the Galleries fine art workshop, Institute of the Arts; assistant exhibition coordinator, creative area supervisor, Park West Gallery; adjunct faculty, Oakland Community College; head graduate assistant, University of Kentucky International Exchange Program at the University of Wolverhampton, England; head graduate assistant, University of Kentucky Iron Project in Krakow, Poland

Publications and presentations

  • 2011 SECAC Chair Conference Session: "At Ease: Shaping Aesthetic of Our Military Veterans" Savannah, Georgia
  • 2011 FATE Chair Conference Session: "The Triumphs of Teaching in a Multicultural Foundations Program" St. Louis, Missouri
  • 2010 SECAC Chair Conference Session: "Visual Artists in the Time of Conflict" Richmond, Virginia
  • 2009 SECAC Conference Session: "Desire and Repulsion in Visual Art" Mobile, Alabama
  • 2009 Guest Lecturer: University of Mississippi Oxford, Mississippi
  • 2009 FATE Chair: Conference Session "The Power of Culture and Communication on Art Foundations" Portland, Oregon
  • 2009 Guest Lecturer: Mississippi State University Starkville, Mississippi
  • 2009 Guest Lecturer: University of Wyoming Laramie, Wyoming
  • 2009 Guest Lecturer: Institute of American Indian Arts Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2008 SECAC Chair: Conference Session "Investigating the Challenges of being Creative in Studio Art Courses" New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2008 Guest Lecturer: New College of Florida Sarasota, Florida
  • 2008 Guest Lecturer: Augusta State University Augusta, Georgia
  • 2008 Visiting Artist/Guest Lecturer: Tennessee State University Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2007 SECAC Conference Session "The Next Generation: SECAC's Newest Artists" Charleston, West Virginia
  • 2007 FATE Conference Session "Cross Cultural Aesthetics" Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 2006 Visiting Art/ Guest Lecturer: Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 2006 Guest Lecturer: Belhaven College Jackson, Mississippi