UWF in the Community

UWF Downtown Lecture Series to present John Markowitz

The University of West Florida College of Arts & Sciences will host the UWF program director of art, John Markowitz, as guest speaker for the upcoming UWF Downtown: A Lecture Series Honoring the Arts and Humanities event. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson Street, Pensacola.

Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m., followed by Markowitz’s presentation, “Notes from a Painter’s Studio,” at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Markowitz is a working artist who has exhibited his paintings and drawings for more than twenty-five years. He has participated in group exhibitions at the Susquehanna Art Museum, the Kipp Gallery at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, The Cava Gallery in Philadelphia, the Nexus Gallery in Philadelphia, The Demuth Foundation Museum in Lancaster Pennsylvania, The Suzanne Arnold Gallery at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and the Institute of Contemporary Art of Philadelphia, among others.

Markowitz has been a guest lecturer at various institutions on topics ranging from Albert Pinkham Ryder: An American Visionary; Art Historical Survey of the Development of Abstraction in the Twentieth Century; The Buried Narrative in Abstract Painting; The Celebration of Visibility; and other related topics.  He also has curated exhibitions and published catalogs for various universities, including UWF.

Markowitz holds a Master’s of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and has taught courses ranging from the studio arts to art history for more than twenty years at the university level.

Founded in 2012, UWF Downtown is a four-part lecture series hosted by the UWF College of Arts and Sciences that promotes the value of the liberal arts in contemporary life. It showcases outstanding teacher scholars who serve the community as UWF faculty, as well as scholars of national prominence who amply illustrate the essential role of the liberal arts in building and sustaining contemporary culture.