Printmaker and painter Tomas Vu-Daniel has been named the LeRoy Neiman Professor of Visual Arts at Columbia University's School of the Arts. Vu-Daniel's award-winning work has appeared in Australia, Austria, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco and across the United States.
Vu-Daniel joined Columbia in 1996 as an associate professor and now serves as the director of the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies and director of the LeRoy Neiman Gallery, located in Dodge Hall on the Columbia University campus. He was the recipient of a 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship.
"I am pleased that Tomas, who is both a master artist and a master printmaker, is the recipient of this honor," says Bruce W. Ferguson, dean of the School of the Arts. "He is an indefatigable worker in the Center and an inspiring teacher."
The professorship was established in 1995, along with the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, through a $6 million gift from painter LeRoy Neiman to advance print research in printmaking and to attract artists to campus. It is one of two named professorships at SOA.
Vu-Daniel's work has appeared in several group shows this year, including: "Art for a Landmine-Free World," at Pace Wildenstein, New York; "Do a Book: Asian Artists' Summer Project 2004," at Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York; "Earthly Delights," Huntington and Bakalar Galleries, Boston; and "East of The Sun," University of Michigan's "A" Gallery, Flint, Michigan.
In the coming months, he will participate in shows at Colombo Gallery, Milan , and in "Vierzig Plus. Versuche zur Erotik," in Vienna . His series "Opium Dreams" will be on display in January at AMSTE Contemporary Art, Lissone, Italy.
His work is part of the permanent collection of the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress, as well as many private collections. Vu-Daniel has taught at Bennington College, Brandeis University and Massachusetts College of Art.
"I am honored to be named the LeRoy Neiman Professor of Visual Arts. I've found that my teaching is such an important part of my career as an artist," says Vu-Daniel.
LeRoy Neiman is a painter and teacher whose vividly colored, popular sporting scenes from the Olympics have made him one of the best-known painters and printmakers of our time. Neiman's work is in the permanent collections of the Baltimore Museum of Fine Art, the Armand Hammer Collection in Los Angeles, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museo De Bellas Artes in Caracas and the Hermitage Museum. In addition to the Center and professorship, Neiman also supports fellowships to visual arts students focused on printmaking.
The LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies promotes printmaking through education, production and exhibition of prints and accommodates up to 200 students per year. The Center serves artists at all stages of their careers -- early stage artists who are beginning to investigate the print medium; mid-career artists with specific projects that they are not able to produce in a commercial shop; and established artists who are interested in exploring new directions for their work in a less commercial environment. Printmaking techniques employed at the Center include intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, relief, photography and digital imaging.