Theo Wujcik

January 29, 1936 Detroit, Michigan–March 29, 2014 Tampa, Florida

Artist Theo Wujcik (1936–2014) was a true original and his work defies categorization. One of the Tampa Bay area’s best-known artists, he was prolific, experimental, and completely dedicated to art, producing an exceptional and eclectic body of fine graphic art (drawing and printmaking) and painting. 

There is consensus that Wujcik was just approaching a high point in his career at the time of his passing. His work offers a compelling and relevant narrative of a committed artist of great depth who drew on a boundless creative spirit and whose eclecticism resists and defies categorization.  

Valerie Ann Leeds, Phd.  Independent Curator 

Read Theo Wujcik, An Artist's Artist March 2015 cover story.  


Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, and Mixed Media

Educational Background

The National Academy of Design, Mural Workshop
New York, July 12–August 5, 2004

Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles, 1967–68

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 
Postgraduate study in lithography with Garo Antresian, 1967

Creative Graphic Workshop, New York, Summer, 1959

Center for Creative StudiesDetroit, MI, 1958–62, diploma

Professional Printing Experience 

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 1992
Robert Stackhouse

Graphicstudio, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 1970–71
Shop Director, printed for Nicholas Krushenick, Edward Ruscha, James Rosenquist, 

Richard Anuszkiewicz,

Detroit Lithography Workshop, Detroit, MI, 1969
Cofounder, printed Earth Projects suite by Robert Morris, as commissioned by the
Detroit Institute of Arts

Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, 1968
Printed for Jasper Johns

Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles, 1967–68
Printed for Karl Kasten, John Altoon, James Strombotne, Billy Al Bengston, Michael Mazur, Eleanor Mikus, Ed Moses

Teaching Experience

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 1992, Associate Professor, 1970–2003

Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, Instructor of Graphics, 1962–70

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Theo Wujcik: A Tribute: A Tribute , Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL 
January 24–February  18, 2015

Theo Wujcik Memorial Show, USF CAM, Tampa, Fl  May 10, 2015

Blue Chip, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX, February 22–March 23, 2014

On a Clear Day, Paintings and Prints, Solo Exhibition,
Tempus Projects, Tampa, FL, April 5–May 3, 2013

Peer Pressure & Snooze You Lose, Solo Print Exhibition,
Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX, March 5–30, 2013

Paintings, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX, March 31–May 1, 2012

Theo Wujcik: A Ten Year Retrospective 2001–2011, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery 
Edison State College, Ft. Myers, FL, January 13–February 25, 2012

Return to Sender, Tempus Projects, Tampa, September 16, 2011

Theo Wujcik: Paintings 2000–2010, Fine Arts Gallery, State College of Florida, Bradenton, FL, January 28–February 24, 2010

Global Warming, Millenia Gallery, Orlando, FL, April 7–23, 2006

Blind Couture, Millennia Gallery, Orlando, October 1–20, 2004

30-Year Retrospective, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL, Oct 26, 2001– Jan 6, 2002; Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, June 14–July 29, 2001; Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, FL, Sept 8–Nov 5, 2000 

Selected Group Exhibitions

John Gage 33 1/3, National Gallery of Art, Tbilisi, Georgia (former USSR), May 2013

Ed Ruscha Books & Co., Group Exhibition, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
March 5–
April 27, 2013

Ed Ruscha Books & Co., Group Exhibition, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY 
March 5–April 27, 2013

The Invisible Elephant, works by Theo Wujcik and Kirk Ke Wang, Cobb, and Elliott Galleries 
Eckerd College, St Petersburg, FL, November 5–December 7, 2012

Things Not Seen Before:  A Tribute to John Cage, curated by Jade Dellinger, 
Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Edison State College, Ft. Myers, FL, August 24–October 13, 2001

Selected Public Collections

C U Art Museum, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR

Boston Public Library, Merriam Collection, Boston, MA

Wellesley Partners Limited, Hong Kong

USF CAM, Tampa, FL

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL

Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL

Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England

Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Chicago Institute of Art, Chicago. IL

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA

La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, CA

Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, TX

Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Stetson University, Deland, FL

Selected Bibliography

Invisible Elephant:  New Works by Theo Wujcik and Kirk Ke Wang,
Exhibition Essay, David E. Gliem, 2012

Transformative Influences:  New Works by Theo Wujcik and Wanxin Zhang,
Exhibition Essay, Richard Vine, Senior Editor for Asian Art, Art in America, 2010

Hong Art International China: Theo Wujcik,
Essay by Dr. Margaret Miller, 2008

60 Years of North American Prints,
Boston Printmaking, David Acton, 2007

All-American Art on Display, “Record Eagle,” September 10, 2004, Marta Hepler-Drahos

Miami Herald, July 15, 2001

Art Papers Magazine, Reviews Southeast, 2001, Adrienne Golub

30 Year Retrospective,” Essay, 2000
Margaret Miller, Conversation with James Rosenquist, Margaret Miller

Public Art Review, Spr/Sum 2000, Vol. II, No. 2, Issue 22, Millenium Survey,
Zeren Earls

The Printworld Directory, Printworld Interview, West Chester,  PA, 1998

The New York Times, May 26, 1996,
Helen A.  Harrison

Exhibition Essay, Recent Paintings, December 1995, Carter Ratcliff

USF Vol. 35, No. 2, Spring 1993, A Pioneering Spirit Lives on in Ybor City, Todd Simmons

Art Papers,
March 1991, Maria Castagliola

Avant Times, "Exit the 80's
Michael Hyde, 1989

Made In Florida,
Margaret Miller, 1989

Artists in Michigan, 1900 - 1976,
A Biographical Dictionary, 1989,
Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI

Modern Master Drawings,
University of Michigan Museum of Art, 1986, Hilarie Faberman

The Fine Line: Drawing with Silver in America, Norton Gallery, 1985, Bruce Weber

New York Times, March 31, 1985,
John Russell

Art Papers, December 1983,
Jodie Conaway

Contemporary American Realism since 1960, New York Graphic Society, 1981,
Frank H. Goodyear, Jr.

American Portrait Drawings,
Smithsonian Institution Press,  
Washington, 1980,
Marvin Sadik & Harold Francis Pfister

The New York Times, November 28, 1980, Hilton Kramer

Art News, Vol. 79, No. 3, March 1980, "New Editions,” Suzanne Boorsch

Art News, Vol. 79, No. 3, March 1980, "Printmaking: The Medium Isn't the Message Anymore,” Judith Goldman

Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, Brooke Alexander:  A Decade of Print Publishing, February 1978, Judith Goldman

Art News, Vol. 76, No. 7 Sept. 1977, "New Editions,” Ellen Scwartz, page 120

The New York Times, June 3, 1977, John Russell

Arts Magazine, Vol. 51, No. 4, December 1976, Allen Ellenzweig

The New York Times, November 19, 1976, Hilton Kramer

American Master Drawings and Watercolors, Harper & Row, New York, 1976,
Theodore Stebbins, Jr.

The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, 30 Years of American Printmaking, including the 20th National Print Exhibition, 1976, Gene Baro

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT Richard Brown Baker Collects, April 1975, Carol L. Troyen, et al

Brooke Alexander, Inc., New York, Hand Colored Prints, November 1973, Carter Ratcliff

Art News, Vol. 72, No. 7, Sept. 1973, "Exploring the Possibilities of the Print Medium,” Judith Goldman

Print Collectors Newsletter:
Self-Portrait, Tatyana Grosman,
Vol. X, No. 5,  November/December 1979

Robert Rauschenberg
Vol. VIII, No. 2, May/June 1977

Vol. VII, No. 5, November/December 1976
"Hand Colored Editions
Vol. IV, No. 5,  November/December 1973
New Portraits  
Vol. IV, No. 2, May/June 1973
Anti-Multiple, Fake Stack, Mud-Muse Doodle
Vol. IV, No. 2, May/June 1973

James Rosenquist,
Vol. III, No. 5, November/December 1972

St. Petersburg Times, 1982-2010, 
Lennie Bennett, 
Amy Scherzers, Sherri Day, Mary Ann Marger, Anne V. Hull

Tampa Tribune, 1981 - 2013,
Esther Hammer, Harold Valentine, Ben Montgomery, George Wilkens, Joanne Milani, Maggie Hall, Philip Booth, Bob Ross, Paul Wilborn, Jo Ann Dobbs, Kurt Loft, David Okamoto, Linnea S. Dietrich, Jeff Dunlap

Tampa Bay Times, 1991-2012, 
Lennie Bennett

Creative Loafing, 1991-2012, 
Megan Voeller, Julie Garisto, Christoph Gerozissis, Jenny Carey, Kyle Barnette, Tom Roe

Weekly Planet, 200X-2006, 
Megan Voeller, Adrienne Golub, Sterling Powell

Media Appearances

Art in Your Ear, WMNF,
Interviewed by Joe Allen, April 5, 2013

Exhibition Video: Theo Wujcik, Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, FL, February 8-20, 2005

Educational Channel 16, Award Winning Series, Art off the Wall, “Theo Wujcik” 15 minute documentary interview, Laura Tierney, Producer/Director  1999 - 2000

Channel 9 News, Interview “Gateway to the Millennium,” Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg,  FL, 1999 - 2000

Channel 13, Good Day Tampa Bay,
Russell Rhodes, Interview, “Undercurrent/Overview III,”
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL, 1999

Channel 13, Good Day Tampa Bay,
Russell Rhodes, Exhibition Preview, “Gateway to the Millennium,” Museum of Fine Arts,
St. Petersburg, FL, 1999 - 2000

Selected Honors & Awards

Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Fund for Mural Painting in America, Fellowship,
National Academy of Design, New York, NY, 2004

Individual Artist Fellowship,
Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, 2001-2002

Richard Florsheim Art Fund, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation,
University of South Florida Publications Council, 2000-2002

National Endowment of the Arts, Through First Night International, “Gateway to the Millennium,” Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL, 1999-2000

Collectors Club, Purchase Award,
Image Brewery, Brandon, FL, 1997

Individual Artist Fellowship, Florida Department of State,  
Division of Cultural Affairs, 1996-97

Best of Show, Gasparilla Festival,
Tampa, FL, 1995

Research and Creative Scholarship Grant, "Screenprinting in the 90's,” USF, 
Tampa, FL, 1993-94

Kent Harrison Memorial Acquisition Fund
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL, 1991

Best In Show, Gasparilla Festival, 
Tampa, FL, 1988

Research and Creative Scholarship Grant,
Tampa, FL, 1985

National Endowment for the Arts, Printmaking Fellowship, 1977-78

3rd Miami Graphics Biennial,
Purchase Award, Graphics, 1977

Henry Ford Community College,
Purchase Award, Graphics, 1967

Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, Graphics, 1964-65

53rd Exhibition for Michigan Artists,
Scarab Club Award, Painting, 1963