Thomas Nozkowski (b. 1944, Teaneck, New Jersey) received a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union Art School in New York City in 1967. The artist, who is known for his small-scale abstract paintings, began exhibiting in group shows in 1973, and he made his solo debut in 1979. By 1982, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, had acquired a painting from an early one-person exhibition for their permanent collection. To date, Nozkowski’s paintings have been featured in more than 300 museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide, including nearly 70 solo exhibitions.
Significant exhibitions have included Thomas Nozkowski, a major survey of the artist’s work mounted by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2009); Thomas Nozkowski: Paintings, a survey from 1979 through 2003, at the Fisher Landau Center (2008); Thomas Nozkowski: Subject to Change at the Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany (2007); Thomas Nozkowski: Drawings, a retrospective of the artist’s works on paper, organized by the New York Studio School (2003); and Thomas Nozkowski: Twenty-Four Paintings, at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., which traveled to The Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Kansas, through 1998.
In 2007, Nozkowski’s works were included in Robert Storr’s exhibition at the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Think with the Senses, Feel with the Mind – Art in the Present Tense.
Thomas Nozkowski has received numerous accolades throughout his career. In 2007, he was invited to become a member of the National Academy of Design, and he has been honored with four awards from The American Academy of Arts and Letters: the Merit Medal for Painting (2006), the Award in Painting (1999) and the Purchase Prize (1998, 1999). The artist has also received a number of prestigious fellowships and grants, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1993); the New York State Foundation for the Arts fellowship Award (1989); the New York State Creative Artists Public Service Grant (1985); and the National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant (1984).
Nozkowski has lectured at institutions across the United States including Columbia University School of the Arts (1996); the American University Graduate School of the Arts, Washington D.C. (1997); and the Cooper Union Art School, New York (1997). In 2003, he became a Professor of Fine Art at the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University. In 2008, he was the Bob and Happy Doran Visiting Artist at the Yale University Art Gallery.
Nozkowski’s work can be found in numerous collections worldwide, including the Brooklyn Museum; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Dallas Museum of Art; The Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland; The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Morgan Library and Museum, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The New York Public Library, New York; The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery, among others.
Thomas Nozkowski joined The Pace Gallery in 2007 and has had two solo shows there.
Thomas Nozkowski lives and works in New York City and High Falls, New York.