Fine Arts Adjunct Earns Prestigious Award

Robin Tewes

“I paint mostly in oils — interiors and people with images and words scratched or written on the walls not usually visible at first glance.”
— Robin Tewes

Photo by Bill Kontzias

Robin Tewes, adjunct associate professor of fine arts, has received a $25,000 grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc. “This funding helps relieve some financial burdens of life, which enables me to free psychic space, so I can think about new work — which is a large part of the creative process — as well as buy time and supplies to produce the work,” says Tewes.

“The Gottlieb award is granted to a handful of artists who have achieved and maintained the highest level of artistic production throughout their careers. The students and faculty are fortunate to have a professor of Robin Tewes’s professional caliber on our New York campus, sharing her experience and insight as a studio art teacher and a mentor,” says Linda Herritt, chair and professor of fine arts.

The grant is awarded to 12 artists a year who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success. This program was conceived in order to recognize and support the serious, fully committed U.S.-based or international artist who has demonstrated that they have been working in a mature phase of their art for at least 20 years. Maturity is based on the high level of intellectual, technical and creative development maintained over this period.

“I’m a narrative/representational artist. I paint mostly in oils — interiors and people with images and words scratched or written on the walls not usually visible at first glance,” Tewes says.

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