50 years of the Institute of Visual Arts of the University of Silesia in Cieszyn. The anniversary exhibition showcases the work of academics who are also artists.

The exhibition “Communal / Personal” is organized on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Visual Arts in Cieszyn of the Silesian University in Katowice.
The exhibition is curated by Magdalena Ujma.

Magdalena Ujma:
The exhibition features the latest works of the academic community associated with the Institute of Visual Arts in Cieszyn. These academics and artists constitute a unique entity which embraces collective activities and also provides ample space for nurturing individual character. The exhibition provides a great opportunity to present the creative side of those who make up the Institute today, as well as to delineate the links and points of convergence of their artistic and educational practices.

The Institute of Visual Arts was established on 1 October, 2019, as the successor to the Institute of Arts. This happened during the structural reorganization of the University of Silesia in Katowice. However, the history of artistic education in Cieszyn and at the University of Silesia dates back to 1973 with the establishment of the Department of Art Education created for the newly opened Faculty of Artistic Education, later renamed the Institute of Music and Art Education, which also embrace the Department of Art Education created in 1981.
The Institute of Visual Arts is one of the five institutes that make up the interdisciplinary Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Education in Cieszyn, which in turn constitutes one of the eight faculties of the Silesian University in Katowice.
The Institute of Visual Arts gathers individuals who are actively engaged in art: graphic painters, sculptors, draftsmen, performers, graphic designers, photographers. They are academics and artists at the same time. It is their latest works, selected by curator Magdalena Ujma, that will be shown at the anniversary exhibition throughout the exhibition space of the Bielska Galeria BWA.
The graphic design of the exhibition has been created by Stefan Lechwar.

The artists participating in the exhibition are the staff of the Institute of Visual Arts of the Silesian University in Cieszyn:
Krzysztof Marek Bąk, Ireneusz Botor, Adam Czech, Krzysztof Dadak, Jerzy Fober, Katarzyna Gielecka-Grzemska, Aneta Głowacka, Marek Głowacki, Marcin Goldyszewicz, Hanna Grzonka-Karwacka, Katarzyna Handzlik-Bąk, Jolanta Herma-Pasińska, Katarzyna Hilszczańska, Witold Jacyków, Agnieszka Jaworska, Ewa Jaworska, Tomasz Jędrzejko, Tomasz Kipka, Łukasz Kliś, Mateusz Kokot, Lech Kołodziejczyk, Jarosław Korczak, Katarzyna Kroczek-Wasińska, Sebastian Kubica, Wojciech Kukuczka, Krzysztof Kula, Robert Lipka, Stefan Lechwar, Małgorzata Łuszczak, Roman Maciuszkiewicz, Grzegorz Majchrowski, Adam Molenda, Aleksander Ostrowski, Wojciech Osuchowski, Krystyna Pasterczyk, Natalia Pawlus, Ryszard Pielesz, Jerzy Pietruczuk, Paulina Poczęta, Marina Podolska, Iwona Pomianowska, Katarzyna Pyka, Kaja Renkas, Tadeusz Rus, Jarosław Skutnik, Justyna Stefańczyk, Andrzej Szarek, Tomasz Tobolewski, Anna Wajda, Joanna Wowrzeczka.

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Magdalena Ujma – art critic and historian, curator of contemporary art exhibitions.
Since 2018, she has been associated with the Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor CRICOTEKA, where she looks after the collection, since 2021 - with the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, where she manages the magazines Restart and Elements, as well as teaching.
She is president of the Polish Section of the International Association of Art Critics AICA. She lives in Kraków.
Pictured: Magdalena Ujma, photo by Jaro Gawlik




“Communal / Personal”
50 years of the Institute of Visual Arts of the University of Silesia in Cieszyn
Galeria Bielska BWA
21 April - 28 May 2023, upper room, lower room, Cafe Club Aquarium
curated by Magdalena Ujma
Opening: Friday, 21 April, 6 p.m.
The opening will begin with a performance by Krzysztof Kula entitled Elevation.

Organisers of the exhibition:
Institute of Visual Arts in Cieszyn, University of Silesia in Katowice
Galeria Bielska BWA

Opening and curated tour
Friday, 21 April 2023, 6 p.m.
The opening will begin with a performance by Krzysztof Kula entitled Elevation.
Admission free.

Closer to art – a meeting for teachers
Wednesday 10 May 2023, 5.15 pm.
A guided tour of the exhibition and presentation of educational methods based on contemporary art. Participation free of charge, registration through the website of RODN WOM in Bielsko-Biała.

Guided tour for families with children
Sunday, 14 May 2023, 12.30 p.m.
The exhibition is guided by Ala Gocka, educator and guide of Galeria Bielska BWA.
Admission included in the ticket price (1 złoty, children under seven free of charge).

Guided tour in Ukrainian
Wednesday 17 May 2023, 4.30 pm
The exhibition is guided in Ukrainian by Yulia Oginska, educator at Galeria Bielska BWA, photographer.
Free admission.

Museum Night 2023
Saturday, 20 May 2023, 7.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.
Free guided tours of the exhibition from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. In addition, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., a demonstration of the possibilities of the graphic press and the weaving of a camouflage net of the exhibit Passageway.

Sunday, 28 May 2023, 12.00 pm
Guided tour for seniors of the exhibition Communal / Personal and discussion led by Ala Gocka.
Free admission.

Workshops, guided tours and lessons for organised groups
These are targeted at groups of children, young adults, students and seniors, activities relating to current exhibitions. Approximate cost of participation per person: PLN 5-20.
Information and registration: edukacja@galeriabielska.pl

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