Monika Malewska, M.F.A.
Professor of Art
Monika Malewska has taught at Juniata College since 2006. She received a BFA degree from the University of Manitoba in Canada and her MFA degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Malewska taught drawing, painting, and photography at Central Connecticut State and Southern Connecticut Sate Universities from 2001 to 2006.
Malewska teaches introductory to upper level courses in drawing, painting, design and photography. Recently, Malewska taught a four-week summer photography course in Italy.
Malewska works in several art media, particularly painting, drawing, and photography. Her most recent series of paintings consists of large watercolors depicting various wreath-like arrangements made of bacon. Her works employ the conventions of the historical still-life genre in relation to contemporary consumer culture in America. The use of meat, dolls, toys, and corporate icons bridges notions of kitsch and high art by alluding to the theme of Vanitas in seventeenth-century Dutch still-life paintings.
Her work has been published and reviewed in a number of professional journals and magazines. These include “Bacon Wreath with Bees and Figs”, Dialogist Quarterly Poetry and Art, Vol. II, Issue I, (Spring 2014), “Venus (video stills)” Vector Artist Journal, issue 3 / New York, Editor Peter Gregorio (Spring 2014), Hi-Fructose Magazine/New Contemporary Art Magazine, April 19, by Jane Kenoyer (Spring 2013), Direct Art Magazine, Editor-In-Chief Tim Slowinski, Fall/Winter Vol. 20 (Fall 2013), “Wildlife in the Post-Natural Age” HuffPost (October 2012), Meatpaper: Your Journal of Meat Culture, Issue 7 Spring, (2009).
Malewska maintains an active exhibition record, and her work has been shown in various galleries and museums across US and Canada. Recent exhibitions include Feast Your Eyes: the art of food, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, Dowell, MD (Fall 2014), Encyclopedia Botanica, Arch Enemy Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (Spring 2014), Surreal Salon Six, National Juried Exhibition of Pop-surrealist Art, Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, Baton Rouge, LA (Spring 2014), Consumed: Nourishment & Indulgence, Willard Wankelman Gallery, Bowling Green State University Fine Arts Center, Bowling Green, OH (2013), What Goes Around, 2013 National Juried Exhibition; Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA, Graphique Noir, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA (2013), Wildlife in the Post-Natural Age, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY (2012), Cold Fusion, Salisbury University Art Galleries, Fulton School of Liberal Arts, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD (with catalog) (2012), Open Call Group Exhibition, Blank Space Gallery, New York, NY, (2011), Cordially Yours, Camel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY (2011), Sinister Play, Denise Bibro Fine Art Inc., Curated by Denise Bibro, Olympia Lambert, and Almitra Stanley, New York, NY (2011), Everything But the Kitschen Sync, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2011, INSATIABLE: Our Rapacious Appetite for More, Kniznick Gallery, Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (catalog) (2011).