Wilbur Niewald


Wilbur Niewald (1925-2022) is professor emeritus of painting at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he studied, taught, and for twenty-eight years, served as chair of the painting and printmaking department. The school is known as one of the best traditionally based undergraduate art school programs in the US. He has influenced generations of students during his long tenure in the college’s heralded painting department. Prof. Niewald also taught in summer programs at the NY Studio School, Yale University, Boston University, Vermont Studio Center, and Chautauqua Institute. He is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Charlotte Street Fund, based in Kansas City, Artist in Residence, Grand Canyon National Park, and the Distinguished Teaching of Art Award from the College Art Association. He is a member of the National Academy of Design. Prof. Niewald’s recent exhibitions include a retrospective at the Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art; Marianna Kistler Beach Museum, Rider University; Dolphin Gallery and Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO; Wright State University, OH; a retrospective at the Kansas City Art Institute; New York Studio School; Dorry Gates Gallery, MO; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; Zeuxis Gallery, NY; National Academy Museum; and the Ingber Gallery, NY. Niewald’s work is in the collection of numerous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Artand the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Watercolors and Drawings, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO (details)

2017 Recent Paintings, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO (details)

2017 Works from the '50s & '60s, Haw Contemporary, Kansas Cty, MO (details)

2014 Still Life, Figure, Landscape, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO (details)

2012 The Studio Portrait, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

2007 Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2006 Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2004 Retrospective Exhibition, Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MO

2001 Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Painted Faces, Sherman Smith Family Gallery, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

2012 Exhibition of the Oppenheimer Collection, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS

2012 The Figure: A Midwest Paint Group Exhibition, Leedy-Voulkos Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2010 Landscape Exhibition, Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2009 60 years- Three Dedicated Artists, Teachers, Friends, Baker University, Baldwin, KS

2003 A Fine Line: Drawings by National Academicians, National Academy of Design, New York, NY

2001-02 Serial Thinking, a Traveling Exhibition, Zeuxis, New York, NY

2000 Charlotte Street Fund, H&R Block ArtSpace, Kansas City, MO

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