(Updated with new information April 11, 2017)
Internationally acclaimed sculpture artist and professor Tomasz Koclega will visit St. Louis Community College-Meramec April 10-24 to work with the art students, give a public lecture, and create a few site specific sculptures for the campus.
Koclega’s lecture is scheduled noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in Room 131 in the Humanities East building on campus, 11333 Big Bend Road. His workshops with students are scheduled through April 21, noon-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Koclega has presented his sculptures in public spaces in different cities around the world. He has made more than 30 individual exhibitions, and also participated in more than 60 collective exhibitions in Poland and abroad. His work has been published in 40-plus catalogs, and he has been the subject of numerous news stories.
Koclega’s visit has been arranged by Joe Chesla, professor of art, sculpture and design at STLCC-Meramec. The two taught together at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice during Chesla’s sabbatical in spring 2016.
“Tomasz Koclęga’s visit is part of the larger series of events I’ve organized based upon my experience living and lecturing for eight months in Poland,” Chesla said. “This will be the fifth artists visiting our campus over the run of the exhibition from Poland, presenting and demonstrating in classes and working with students.”
The exhibition “Currents/Undercurrents,” which ran Jan. 19-Feb. 10, included artwork from more than 30 different Polish artists, primarily from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice.
Born in 1968 in Zawiercie, Poland, Koclega lives in Gliwice and has taught sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice since 2009. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, and at the Faculty of Graphic Arts in Katowice. He received his diploma in 1993.
Koclega has won numerous awards at the largest and most prestigious snow sculpture competitions, including the Best Craetivity Award in Harbin, China (2014 and 2016); the Bronze Award in Harbin, China (2015); the Award of Nayoro City in Nayoro, Japan (2016); and the Fourth Prize in Sapporo, Japan (2015).