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Andrew Lenaghan

Distinguished Teacher 2015–16

Andrew Lenaghan received a B.F.A as a Painting major from Cornell University in 1987, and an M.F.A as a Painting major from Brooklyn College in 1989. He has taught “Light, Color, and Design” in the Foundation Department at Pratt Institute since the fall of 2000, and has also taught “Foundation Drawing” since the fall of 2007.

He taught art at Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset, New Jersey from 1988 to 1992. Between 1993 and 2007, he worked in New York City as a professional muralist for Evergreene Painting Studio, Modeworks, and Artgrove. He has taught various art courses at Brooklyn College, the New York Academy of Art, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He continues to teach at both the New York Academy of Art and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

A Practicing artist, he works in oil, painting exclusively from life observation. He has had many shows at the George Adams Gallery, currently located in the Chelsea area of Manhattan. His relationship with the gallery began in 1995. In 2002, he had a colo exhibition of his work in the Greenville, South Carolina county museum. In 2009, he was commissioned to paint a mural for the museum of the city of Greenville. In 2008, he was the artist in residence of the Richard Estes Acadia Foundation on Mount Desert Island, Maine. In 2009, he had a solo exhibition of his work at the William Siegal Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

His work has been reproduced and/or reviewed by the New York Times, ARTnews, Art in America, The New Yorker, The New York Sun, and Harper’s Magazine, among others. In 2012, he was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant. His work and personal reflections on his painting process were featured in a book published in 2014 by the New York Academy of Art titled The Figure, Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture.