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John Schlesinger

John Schlesinger

John Schlesinger

Associate Professor, Art

Cultural Arts Center, Room 7202


John Schlesinger is Associate Professor of Art and Coordinator of the Photography Department at RCC. He served as Assistant Professor from 1986 to 2004 and has held the rank of Associate Professor since then. Previously, he taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels, for more than 10 years, at Drexel University in Philadelphia and at Rice University in Houston.

Schlesinger is a noted artist who has received residencies at MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH, Yaddo in Saratoga Springs and at the American Academy in Rome, where he won a Rome Prize in 2003. He has had solo exhibitions and group exhibitions in galleries and museums across the country and internationally, and his photographs have been collected by institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, Hamburg Kunsthalle in Germany and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


  • BA Philosophy and Photography, University of Minnesota, 1980
  • BS Art Education, University of Minnesota, 1980
  • MFA Interdisciplinary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2011

Awards (Selected)

  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, 2006
  • Rome Prize Fellowship in the Visual Arts, 2003
  • Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, 1999
  • Aaron Siskind Fellowship, 2000
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, 1986, 1988
  • Bush Foundation Fellowship, 1983


Presentations, lectures, panels or guest critiques include:

  • University of Pennsylvania, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, SUNY Purchase, Cooper Union in New York, and Montclair (NJ) State University, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Exhibitions (Selected)

  • Solo Exhibitions in galleries and museums in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis, Tampa, FL, Greensboro, NC, the Netherlands and Rome
  • Group Exhibitions in numerous cities in the United States, and international venues including Spain, Italy, Germany, and Australia

Collections (Selected)

  • American Academy in Rome
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Tampa Art Museum
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Dallas Museum of Fine Arts
  • Houston Museum of Fine Arts
  • Oberlin College Art Museum, Ohio
  • Princeton University, New Jersey
  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis


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