The Romano Gallery welcomes award-winning artist Mel Leipzig for an eponymous exhibit from January 6 to February 1. Mr. Leipzig’s paintings depict Americans of all walks of life, ranging from ordinary citizens to well-known artists, yet all of his works have one thing in common: They are painted directly from life—not from photographs—as a means of preserving the intensity of feeling Mr. Leipzig seeks to create in his art.
A Trenton, New Jersey, resident, Mr. Leipzig taught painting and art history at Mercer County Community College until his retirement from teaching in 2013. He was the college’s first recipient of its Distinguished Teacher Award, Gold Medal in 1980, and his numerous other awards include a Fulbright Grant to Paris (1958-59), a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (1959-60) and four grants for painting from the New Jersey Council on the Arts (1982, 1986, 1992 and 2002). In 2000 and 2002, he received awards for his paintings from the National Academy in New York City, and he was elected to the National Academy in 2006.
Mr. Leipzig has enjoyed more than 40 solo shows throughout his career at museums, universities and galleries in seven states. His work is among the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Academy Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, among many others. He studied at the Cooper Union from 1953 to 1956, earned a BFA from the Yale University School of Art & Architecture in 1958 and earned an MFA from the Pratt Institute in 1972.
An artist’s reception will be held at The Romano Gallery on January 23, and all are welcome to hear Mr. Leipzig discuss his work, beginning at 7 p.m.