Exhibit of selected works by Theo Wujcik at Tampa International Airport
Date: November 2004
Size: 5 large-scale, acrylic on canvas paintings
Title: The Apollo Series
Artist: Theo Wujcik
Location: Tampa International Airport, Airside "A"
Sponsors: Tampa International Airport
My first week of art school in 1958 is no different from the third week of November, 2004. I knew that I had found my true calling then; and, my future looks as bright as ever now.
When teaching retirement dawned at The University of South Florida after the summer of 2003, I was no freer than I had been my entire career as an artist. Over the years, my work ethic and self discipline carried the day under any circumstance.
In keeping with my history, this year I produced five solo-exhibitions: "Breaking with the Past" at the Bleu Acier Gallery in Tampa, "Blind Couture" at the Millenia Gallery in Orlando, "New Work" at the Von Liebig Art Center in Naples, "Mentors" at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, Michigan; and now, "Apollo" at Tampa International Airport, Airside A.
This summer, I was the recipient of an Austin Abbey Fellowship to study mural painting at the National Academy of Design in New York City. Last year, I focused exclusively on and completed a successful commission for the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.
My Career has been shaped by being a consistent practitioner and by fateful decisions that in retrospect, revealed their true significance. Permentant public collections of my work can be seen on both Coasts. Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, the La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, CA, Los Angels County Museum of Art, Los Angels, CA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.
Being housed in a museum collection or in someone's minds eye is quite comparable. I know that this Tampa International Airport showing will provide my work with countless opportunities for the latter; and, for this I am grateful.
Theo Wujcik, November, 2004