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Sydney Licht



1983 MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1976 A.B., Smith College, Northampton, MA
1976 Skowhegan School, Skowhegan, ME

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2015 Canned & Contained, Chase Young Gallery, Boston, MA
2015 Packaged Goods, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, Bridgehampton, NY
2014 Two-Person Show, Chase Young Gallery, Boston MA
2011 Recent Works, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, Bridgehampton, NY
2008 New Works, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY
2006 Boxed & Bagged, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY
2003 NewStillLifePaintings,lyonswiergallery,NewYork,NY
2003 On the Table, geschiedle, Chicago, IL
2001 Bunches, Lyonswier Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL
2001 Strain, SPACELab, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH
1998 Houghton House Gallery, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
1997 StillLifePaintings, Lyons-WierGallery,Chicago,IL
1996 New Paintings, 55 Mercer, New York, NY
1995 New Still Life’s, Lyons-Wier & Ginsberg Gallery, Chicago, IL
1994 Recent Paintings, 55 Mercer, New York, NY
1994 Recent Paintings, Lyons-Wier Gallery, Chicago, IL
1991 Hillyer Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA
1987 Recent Paintings, Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, IL
1986 Invitational Exhibition, W.A.R.M. Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2015 Humble Iterations, Katheryn Markel Fine Arts, NY, NY
2015 Still + Life: Stephen Pentak and Sydney Licht, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
2015 Paper Works, Six-Person Show, Warm Springs Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
2015 Beyond the Window, Travelling to: Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College, Danville, KY; Bowery Gallery, NYC; Alexandre Hogue Gallery, University of Tulsa, OK
2014 Two-Person Show, Chase Young Gallery, Boston, MA
2013 Two-Person Show, Salena Gallery, Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus
2013 Still, Blue, Traveling to: Jessie C. Wilson Galleries, Anderson University, Anderson, IN and First Street Gallery, NYC
2012 Inside/Outside, Two-Person Show, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, Bridgehampton Reflections, Traveling to: Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO; Crisp Museum, Southeast Missouri State University, Sinclair Galleries, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA; The Painting Center, NYC, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA
2011 Small Works, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN
2011 The Common Object, Traveling to: Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA; Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA; Prince St. Gallery, NYC; Meyerhoff Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2010 Small Works Invitational, The Painting Center, New York, NY 2009
2010 In/Out, Broome St. Gallery, NYC; Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
2008 Small Takes, First Street Gallery, New York, NY 2007
2008 On Board, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY
2006 2nd Rochester Biennial, Memorial Art Gallery, U of Rochester, Rochester, NY Facets of Perception, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY; Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY; Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University, Roanoke VA
2005 StillLife,ArtAccessGallery,Columbus,OH
2004 Three Squares, Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai, CA
2003 GuaranteedFresh:StillLifeToday,DavidsonGalleries,Seattle,WA
2002 About Looking At Things, gescheidle, Chicago, IL
2001 Pyramid Art Center Upstate Invitational, Rochester, NY
2001 Something Old, Something New, Lyonswier Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Two-Person Show, Tower Fine Arts Gallery, State University of NY at Brockport
2000 New Realism for a New Millennium, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
1999 Hot Lunch, Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
1998 StillLifes,Lyons-WierGallery,Chicago,IL
1996 Dept. of Art Faculty Exhibition, Hopkins Gallery, Ohio State University
1995 Still Life: Three Ohio Painters, Denison University Gallery, Granville, OH
1994 Split Image, Westminster Art Gallery, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ
1993 ContemporarySelf-Portraits,MassillonMuseum,Massillon,OH
1990 Silvermine Faculty Show, Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT
1989 Twelve Invite Twelve, Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY
1987 The David Adler Cultural Center, Libertyville, IL 1985
1987 New Artists/New Work, Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, IL
1984 Artists of Chicago & Vicinity, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Bibliography (selected)

Sheets, Hilarie M., Art Show, Elle Decor, November issue, pg. 130-132, 2015.
Webb, Victoria, blog, Sydney Licht and Stephen Pentak at Thomas Dean Fine Art, Atlanta,, October 25, 2015.
Goings on About Town, The New Yorker Magazine, June 1, pg. 12, 2015.
Katz, Marni, Sydney Licht's Color Stacked Paintings, Design Milk website,, January 31, 2015.
Katz, Marni, blog,, January 27, 2014.
Lauer, David and Pentak, Stephen, Design Basics, 9th Ed., Cengage Publishing, 2014.
Naves, Mario, Shared Experience: The Paintings of Rachel Youens and Sydney Licht, Too Much Art blog,, September 4, 2013.
Plotkin, Neil, Interview on Painting Perceptions Blog,, January 13, 2012.
Baker, Brett. Painters' Table: Top 10 Best Posts, January 2012, The Huffington Post, February 13, 2012.
Lauer, David and Pentak, Stephen, Design Basics, 8th ed., Cengage Publishing, 2011.
“Goings on About Town”. The New Yorker. September 8, 2008.
“New American Paintings,” Open Studios Press. August 1997.
Baker, Brett. “Painters’ Table: Top 10 Best Posts, January 2012,”The Huffington Post, February 13, 2012.
Buchholz, Barbara. “Licht Reinvents the Still Life,” The Chicago Tribune. September 19, 1997.
Heisler, Eva. “Negative Space Has Weight in Still Lifes,” The Columbus Dispatch. January 29, 1995.
Kenny, Lorraine. “Review: Randolph St. Gallery Exhibition,” The New Art Examiner. 1983.
Lauer, David and Pentak, Stephen. Design Basics. 6th Edition. 2008.
Lauer, David and Pentak, Stephen. Design Basics. 8th Edition. 2011.
Low, Stuart. “Artists Get Real with Gallery Show,” Democrat & Chronicle. December 12, 1999.
Low, Stuart. “New Takes on What’s Real?” Democrat & Chronicle. January 12, 2000. Naves, Mario, “Shared Experience: The Paintings of Rachel Youens and Sydney Licht,” Too Much Art blog. September 4, 2013.
Naves, Mario. “A Quiet Facility Thrills: Still Lifes with a Deft Touch,” The New York Observer. September 22, 2003.
Plotkin, Neil. “Interview with Sydney Licht,” January 13, 2012. Speyer, A. James. “Artists of Chicago and Vicinity,” 1984.
Sundell, Ivy. “Living Artists,” Crosswoods Press, Chicago, IL. 2004.
Taylor, Sue. “Licht Confronts Life’s Pain,” The Chicago Sun-Times. August 14, 1987.

Honors & Residences

2016 Visiting Artist, The American Academy in Rome, Italy, April 2016
2010 Yaddo Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY
2008 Visiting Artist, The American Academy in Rome, Italy
1997 Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting, Columbus, OH
1986 Jerome Foundation Grant, Minneapolis, MN, W.A.R.M. Invitational Competition
1976 Scholarship for study at Skowhegan School, Skowhegan, ME
1976 Elected to Smith College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

Public Collections

Advance Publications, New York, NY
Constellation Brands, Rochester, NY
FMR Corporation/Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
Scripps Howard Foundation, Cincinnati, OH

Lectures and Panels

2013 Pennslyvania College of Art & Design, Panel Member, Reflections, February
2010 Lancaster Museum of Art, Panel Member, The Common Object, February
2009 Nassau County Museum of Art Collectors, Studio Visit, October
2006 Memorial Art Gallery, Lecture, 2nd Rochester Biennial Exhibition, July
2004 Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Lectures, September & December
2000 State University of New York at Brockport, Lecture, October
2000 Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, Lecture, June
1996 Columbus College of Art & Design, Colombus, OH, Lecture, February
1995 Denison University, Granville, OH, Lecture, February
1994 Ohio State University , Granville, OH, Lecture, May
1994 Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, Lecture, April
1992 Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Lecture, October