Professor of Art, Painting & Drawing

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Roger Tomhave's Introduction to the song "These Hands," written for Ken Szmagaj's retirement celebration.

Recording of "These Hands."

B.F.A., Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
M.A., Painting, The University of Iowa, Iowa City
M.F.A., Painting, The University of Iowa, Iowa City

Painting and Drawing

Mr. Szmagaj was a member of the faculty at James Madison University since 1968 and a Professor of Art since 1993.  He retired in 2016.

Faculty Educational Leave, "The Artistic Exploration of Metallic Surfaces in Mixed Media Painting”, 1995
Honorable Mention for Painting, Springfield Art League 72nd National Exhibition, The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1991Supplementary Grant for Faculty Research, “Neon as an Art Medium,” James Madison University, 1975
Award for Drawing, “Eighteenth Annual Drawing and Small Sculpture Show”, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1972
Purchase Award for drawing, “Piedmont Annual Graphics Exhibition”, The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1971

Mr. Szmagaj has had work exhibited in juried and invitational exhibitions at the following galleries, museums and art sites. New Image Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia; Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, Texas; Gallery West, Alexandria, Virginia; New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, New Jersey; Fredericks Center for The Visual Arts, Fredericksburg, Virginia; The Period Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska; Fort Smith Convention Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas; Millenium Art Center, Washington, D.C.; Bloomingdale Park DistrictMuseum, Bloomingdale, Illinois; Nexus Gallery, New York, New York; Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Fort Hays State University, Fort Hays, Kansas; Galleries at Savage Mill, Savage, Maryland; Hill Country Art Foundation, Duncan-McAshan Visual Art Center, Ingram, Texas; Association for Visual Artists, Waterhouse Pavillion, Miller Plaza, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Florida Center for Contemporary Art, Tampa, Florida; Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, New York; Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Art Gallery of Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland; Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Gallery 100, Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Agora Gallery, New York, New York; Sawtooth Building Galleries, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Intermountain Artists Incorporated, Falls Rivers Mills, California; 1708 East Main Gallery, Richmond, Virginia; The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield, Massachusetts; Galesburg Civic Center, Galesburg, Illinois; The MFA Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland; Slocumb Gallery, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee; The Art Gallery, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana; The Virginia Museum, Richmond, Virginia; Roanoke Fine Arts Center, Roanoke, Virginia; Watson Gallery, Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts; 2nd Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia; The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina; Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, Norfolk, Virginia; Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts, Roanoke, Virginia; The New School, New York, New York; Dyansen Gallery, New York, New York; Gallery II, RSVP, Charlottesville, Virginia; Yeats Gallery, Roanoke, Virginia; The Ann Grey Gallery, Richmond, Virginia.

University and Professional Service
Mr. Szmagaj was head of the Painting and Drawing Area. He represented the School of Art and Art History on the University Faculty Senate. He was the coordinator of the School of Art and Art History graduate programs from 1993-2004 and was a member of the School of Art and Art History Galleries Committee for several years having brought numerous visiting artists to campus. Additionally, as a member of James Madison University Art Scholarship Auction Committee, Mr. Szmagaj had worked on several auctions. As public and professional service, Mr. Szmagaj has conducted workshops in painting and drawing, juried local art exhibitions and has been a visiting artist at area art organizations and schools.

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