Gregory Lawler

Professor Painting and Drawing

What is your name?
Gregory Lawler

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What courses do you teach?
Freshman Drawing, Freshman Light, Color & Design, Sophomore Drawing, Sophomore Painting.

What is your educational background?

  • 1988 MFA in Painting and Drawing, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
  • 1985 BFA in Painting and Drawing, The Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA.

Tell us a little about yourself. What would a short bio about you say?
Gregory Lawler is a well-established New York State artist, actively working and exhibiting for over 23 years. His paintings hang in collections throughout Maine, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado and California.

Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lawler holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Penn State University and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the Philadelphia College of Art. He currently resides in upstate New York, and teaches at Pratt Institutes upstate campus at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica. Lawler has been a full time Professor of Art at MWP for over 23 years.

List some selected Exhibitions you’d like to share.

  • 2011 Made in NY, The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, March 26 – May 29, Auburn, NY.
  • 2009 The Directors Gallery, The Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY, Dec. 9, 2008 –  Feb. 10, 2009.
  • 2009 Steve Arnison, Greg Lawler and Ken Marchione, at The Stanley Center for the Arts Gallery, April 10 – June 28, 2009, Utica, NY.
  • 2009 Faces of Spring 2009, A Portrait Exhibition,March 6 – April 18, sponsored by the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and The Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT.
  • 2008 The Object and Beyond: 2008 Everson Biennial,June 14 to August 24 2008, The Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse, NY.
  • 2008 Faces of Winter 2008,sponsored by the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, Feb. 8 – March   2, The Bendheim Gallery, 299 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, CT.
  • 2007 5 x Five, Works by Chris Cirillo, Tom Mazzullo, Christi Harrington, Greg Lawler & Linnea Paskow,at The Muree M. Bronner Gallery, 505 Roberts St., Utica NY, Sept. 8 – Oct. 10.
  • 2007 Leave Only Footprints,at The Old Forge Art Center, Rte. 28, Old Forge NY, May 9 – June 3.
  • 2004 Gregory Lawler and Tim Sheesley, The Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY, Sept. 12- Oct. 31.

What is your artist’s statement?
“I have always been interested in working with the figure. Portrait painting offers a way of connecting with the grand tradition of figure painting, while at the same time providing something that is grounded and relevant to our current times. As a vehicle of expression, the portrait has the potential to capture something very personal and intimate, yet timeless and classic. The art of portraiture has been a vehicle of communication and expression since the beginning of recorded history. It is both a celebration of life and a memento mori acknowledging the fleeting nature of experience and existence.”

Describe your teaching philosophy in three sentences or less.
The education of an artist begins with an introduction to the basic elements of visual form.  Students need a strong foundation of skills and an understanding of the visual language in order to express their ideas effectively.  Observational skills, technical know-how and critical thinking are key components to the development of an articulate student.

As a teacher of visual art, I introduce students to different ways of seeing, presenting a variety of different points of view and approaches to art making, in order to explore formal, aesthetic and conceptual issues.  I look to traditional as well as contemporary art to inspire the students, and to help them make personal connections to the vast history of art.  I encourage an inquisitiveness or willingness to formulate individualized questions.  In addition, I promote the investigation of personal interests and ideas to assist the growth of individual vision.