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Amanda Lechner

Assistant Professor
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Amanda Lechner is a visual artist whose studio practice encompasses a broad approaches to drawing and painting. Lechner has taught painting and drawing at the university level for over a decade at Indiana University - Bloomington, SUNY Purchase and University of Iowa. Since 2019 she has held the position of Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech’s School of Visual Art. Lechner attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2018 and has participated in artist residencies at the Penland School of Crafts, the Wassaic Project in New York and at Stove Works in Chattanooga, TN. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States.

Painting, Contemporary Art, Historical materials, Sciences, Ecology

ART 2524 Introduction to Painting
ART 3524 Topics in painting: Materials and Methods; Color and Site; Figure & Narrative
ART 4524 Pictorial Arts Studio; Advanced Painting
ART 4894 Senior Studio

Selected Solo exhibitions
2022 Terra Ignota, Staniar Gallery, W&L University, Lexington, VA
2021 PHASE CHANGE, Vital Spaces, Santa Fe, NM
2019 Future Present Tense, Standard Space, Sharon CT Future Perfect Tense, Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2016 Planetary Analog Prairie Lights, Iowa City, IA
2014 SIGNALS Leedy Voulkos Art Center, Opie Gallery, Kansas City MO

Selected group exhibitions
2022 Trace Elements - Amanda Lechner & Michael Borowski Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation, Blacksburg, VA

TOGETHER IS BETTER, Stoveworks, Chattanooga, TN In the Wake of Slumber, PARADICE PALASE, Brooklyn, NY 18th Annual New Work Exhibition, Floyd Center for the Arts, Floyd, VA Hot Doughnuts Now Stoveworks, Chattanooga, TN

Endless State Showhegan Alliance online, Juried by Xinyi Cheng, Yui Kugimiya & Jagdeep Raina Museum from Home: The Resilience Project, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM - Online

Ad Astra Per Aspera, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY

NASTY WOMEN Iowa City Near Future, Iowa City, IA
STATIONTOSTATION Grunwald Gallery, IU, Bloomington, IN

Stages curated by Matt Bollinger Studio Zürcher, NYC
VOLTA NY Art Fair, Pier 90 (Field Projects Gallery), New York, NY
Monsters in America curated by Richard Saja, One Mile Gallery, Kingston NY & The International Cryptozoology Museum, Portland, Maine

Art in America, curated by Julie Torres, Satellite Art Fair, Miami, FL
Haunted Summer curated by Keri Oldham One Mile Gallery, Kingston NY
Meeting Point curated by WonJung Choi The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C
The Two States of WW curated by Andrew Prayzner TSA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

About the Body Curated by Loren Britton, Gallery 1989, Larchmont, NY

In Search Of… TSA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The Flat Files: Year One TSA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Show #5: First Contact Curated by Jacob Rhodes, Field Projects, New York, NY
In Search Of… Rhodes College Clough-Hansen Gallery, Memphis, TN / Kansas University Art &Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS Stones Bones and Relics Curated by Anna Mikhailovskaia, Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY

Tompkins Projects West: Works on Paper Dan Graham, Los Angeles, CA
Sub Terrain Curated by Andrew Thompson, Work Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

New American Paintings Exhibition in Print, NE Edition 2009, Open StudioPress
Morsel Remains Group Exhibition Long Island City, NY Related Process 579 Broadway New York, NY

Dialect curated Adam Eckstrom, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY The Sieve Go for a loop Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Everybody Only Meow Wolf Art Space, Santa Fe, NM
Science Fair Rock, Paper, Scissors Gallery, Oakland, California

RISD Biennial NYC 2006, Curated by Robert Storr, Exit Art New York, NY

Life and Limb Curated by David Humphrey Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY
Providential RISD Painting MFA 2005, Supreme Trading, Brooklyn, NY
MFA Exhibition RISD Museum, Providence, RI

Phase Change, Vital Spaces, Santa Fe, NM

STATIONTOSTATION: New and Visiting Faculty in SoAD Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

NASA - JPL Solar System Ambassador Exhibition/Programming, Santa Fe, NYC, Iowa City, Bloomington

ebla domo / possible house Group Exhibition 921S7, Iowa City, IA

In Search Of… Group Exhibition, Video Night, and poetry reading Co-curated with Dustin Dennis and Christopher Ulivo, TSA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

In Search Of… Group Exhibition Co-curated with Dustin Dennis and Christopher Ulivo
Rhodes College Clough-Hansen Gallery, Memphis, TN Kansas University Art &Design Gallery, Lawrence, KS fiscally sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts through Artspire. catalog

Recognition / Awards at VT
2023 Architecture, Arts & Design College Award for Teaching Excellence, Virginia Tech 2022 Women & Minority Artist and Scholars Lecture Series Grant 2022 AAD INSTRUCTIONAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE MINI-GRANT 2021 CAUS INSTRUCTIONAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE MINI-GRANT

Participant Summer Residency Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan Maine Stove Works Residency, Chattanooga, TN Vital Spaces studio residency and workshops, Santa Fe NM Fellowship and Residency Wassaic Project, Wassaic NY Winter Resident - Painting Studio Assistant Penland School of Crafts, Bakersville, NC

Selected Conference Papers & Sessions, Visiting Artist Lectures
Anachronist Cookbook: Ancient Ingredients, Contemporary Practice online virtual session College Art Association Panel Chair

Visiting Artist Lecture Looking, Seeking // Webs of Connection, Lenfest Theater, Lexington, VA New Critical Perspectives in Contemporary Art - SECAC Annual Conference panel chair, Baltimore MD

SECAC Conference panel Glimpses and Decoys: Painters Seeking Meaning through Interplay of Image and Material paper: Beyond the Sea* (presented online) 2020
Corona Care + Interview, Field Projects, NYC/Online
Virtual Visiting Artist / Studio Q&A: Kansas City Art Institute, Emerson College, Western Oregon University, SUNY
Purchase College, Hamden Sydney College, Wellesley College

Visiting Artist and Workshop Oberlin College

Spontaneous classrooms: Improv, design thinking and action in a relational teaching practice - Panel Discussion session co-chair, CAA Conference 2018 Resident Workshops: Pastel, Tempera and Gesso - Fresco Studio, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture,

STATIONTOSTATION Panel Discussion (curator/moderator) Panel included Sarah Lasley, EE Ikeler, Julie Rooney and David Wolske - Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Visiting Artist Lecture and Critiques Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois Visiting Artist Lecture and Critiques Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

“Current Perspectives” Visiting Artist Lecture and Critiques Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

Visiting Artist and Panel Discussion  Blount Auditorium, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN Visiting Artist and Panel Discussion Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

Profesional Organizations / Memberships
College Art Association
MAPC - Mid American Print Council
Eco Art Space


MFA, Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI

Collegiate Teaching Certificate, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University, Providence, RI

BFA, Painting, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO