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“In my paintings, the edges of shapes yield easily to the spaces around them. They create a variety of changing allegiances, sometimes simultaneously becoming one thing, sometimes another. Like sleight of hand, shapes live hiding, nestling, drifting, absorbed, material and immaterial. In these paintings, the images often have no clean cut boundaries and I came to realize that by avoiding them and by simulating light, intuitively, this is how I have tried to replicate mystery”.

Thomas Jewell-Vitale is an artist who lives and works in Iowa where he is a Professor of Art at Loras College

He has a BA degree in Philosophy from Loras College, a STB degree in Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, BA and MA degrees in Art from the University of California at Berkeley. He studied at the Academie der Bildenden Kunste in Vienna Austria and in 1995 was a Visiting Professor at Eichi University in Japan

He regularly exhibits his work (see Bio), represented from 1982-2005 by Sonia Zaks Gallery in Chicago, Malton Gallery in Cincinnati from 1981-2000 and Olson Larsen Gallery in Des Moines from 1988-present.

A number of published articles and reviews refer to his work, which hangs in major Institutional collections in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Aurora, Evanston, Cincinnati, Dayton, Milwaukee, Madison, St. Paul, as well as in Des Moines, Dubuque, and many other cities. Many of his works also hang in private collections.


Solo Shows:

2011 – North East Iowa Community College Dubuque, Iowa

2011 – Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa

2011 – Olson Larsen Gallery Des Moines, Iowa

2010 – Olson Larsen Gallery, DesMoines, Iowa

2009 – Olson-Larsen Gallery, DesMoines, Ia.

2008 – Outside the Lines, Dubuque, Iowa

2007 – Olson-Larsen Gallery, DesMoines,Iowa

2006 – Olson-Larsen Gallery, DesMoines, Iowa

2005 – Olson-Larson Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa.

2005 – Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa

1999 – Sonia Zaks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Loras College, Dubuque, IA.

1998 – Olson-Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa.

1994 – Zaks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

1993 – Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa.

1993 – Zaks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

1992 – Olson-Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa.

1991 – Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa.

1990 – Zaks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

1990 – Olson-Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa.

1989 – Two Illinois Center, Chicago, Illinois. Curated by Dennis Adrian.

1988 – Malton Gallery, October 1988, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Zaks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

Harry Nohr Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Olson-Larson Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa.

Neocon,  World Congress on Environmental Design, Knoll of  New York Showroom, Merchandise

Mart, Chicago, Illinois

1987 – Neocon, World Congress on Environmental Design,  Knoll of New York Showroom, Merchandise

Mart, Chicago, Il.

1985 – Neocon, World Congress on Environmental Design, Knoll of New York showroom, Merchandise

Mart, Chicago, Il.

1984 – Zaks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Neocon, World Congress on Environmental Design, Knoll of New York, Merchandise Mart,

Chicago, Il.

1983 – Neocon, World Congress on Environmental Design, Knoll of New York, Merchandise Mart,

Chicago, Il.

1979 – University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa.

Group Shows:

2009 – Loras College, Alumni Show, Dubuque, Iowa

2009 – Dubuque Museum of Art, Tri State Competition, Dubuque ,Iowa

2009 – Olson Larsen Gallery DesMoines Iowa 30th Anniversary Exhibition

2009 – EMC Insurance, Iowa Artists Competition (Online Exhibit) Finalist

2009 – Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque Iowa, Tri State Competition

2008 – Sioux City Art Center “Briar Cliff Review, 20 Years”

2007 – Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque Iowa Tri State Competition,  (Honorable Mention)

2007 – The Chicago Athenaeum, Galena, Il ,New Art from the Mississippi River Valley

2006 – Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque Iowa,Voices from the Warehouse District, Dubuque, Iowa

2004 – Olson-Larson Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa.

1998  – Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa Artists 1998,.

Curator:  Deborah Leveton.

1995 – Olson-Larson Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa.

1994 – Olson Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa, 15th Anniversary Exhibition,

1993 – Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa.  Iowa Artists 1993,

Curator:  Deborah Leveton.

Waterloo Museum of Art, Waterloo, Iowa,.Paintings. 3-Person Invitational,

Curator:  Marlene Olson.

1992 – Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines Iowa Iowa Artists 1992.

Juror:  Holliday T-Day.

MacNider Museum, Mason City, Iowa Four Points of View.  Invitational.  .

Curator:  Richard Leet.

1991 – Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, Iowa.Close to Home:  Artists with an Iowa Connection,

1990 – Dubuque Museum of Art. Dubuque, Iowa , Loras College Faculty Exhibition

Tenth International Art Expo, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois, 1988,1987,1986,1985,1984,1983,1982

1989 – 22nd Bradley National Print and Drawing Exhibition,  Hartmand Hueser Galleries, Bradley

University, Peoria, Illinois. Juror: Ofelia Garcia.

39th Spiva Annual Competition, Spiva Art Center, Joplin, Missouri.

Juror:  Marcia Goldstein.

10th Anniversary Exhibition,  Olson-Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa.

Three Person Show

Dakota 100/International Exhibition of Art Work on Paper, University Art Gallery,

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota; Mind’s Eye Gallery,

Dickenson State University, North Dakota.  Jurors:  Dennis Navrat, Lloyd Menard.

19th National Works on Paper Exhibition, Hartnett Hall Gallery, Minot State University, .

Minot, North  Dakota

Juror:  Richard Martin Ash.

1988 – Art Horizons ‘88, Art 54 Gallery, New York, New York.

Jurors:  Illene Susan Fort, Ellen Handy, Walter Robinson.

1987   New American Talent ‘87, Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, Texas.  Traveling Citation to

North Texas State University , Denton, Texas; Southmost Texas College, Brownsville. T

Juror: Ned Rifkin

1983 – “ON/OF” Paper National Competition, University Gallery, University of Wisconsin,

Superior Wisconsin, (Honorable Mention).

1981 – Drawing Exhibition, Galeria Rysunku, Poznan, Poland


2008 – Catalogue Photo Briar Cliff Review

1998 – Catalogue, Photo.  Iowa Artists 1998, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa.

1993 – 1993 Founder’s Lecture.  “Lessons From The Particular,” Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa.

1993 – Catalogue, Photo.  Iowa Artists 1993, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa.

Brochure, Photo.  Artist Essay, Paintings.  Waterloo Museum of Art, Waterloo, Iowa.

1992 – Catalogue, Photo.  Four Points Of View.  MacNider Museum, Mason City, Iowa.

Catalogue, Photo.  Iowa Artists 1992, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa.

1989 – Catalogue, Photo. Dakotas 100.  University of South Dakota.

1989 – Honorable Mention, Catalogue, Photo.  39th Spiva Annual Competition

1989 – Catalogue, 22nd Annual Bradley Print and Drawing Exhibition.

1987 – Traveling Citation.  New American Talent,  Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, Texas.

1983 – Honorable Mention, Catalogue, Photo.   On/Of Paper Competition

University of Wisconsin, Superior.

1970 – Eisner Prize in Painting.  University of California, Berkeley.

1969 – Dean’s Award in Painting.  University of California, Berkeley.


1998 – Fourth Annual Conference on Liberal Arts Education of Artists, School of Visual Arts, New York City, interviewed for paper presented by Kay Winder

1997 – “Changing the View,” Interview story by Jay Jerde.  Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Aug. 22, 1997

1995 – “The Value of Seeing Concretely,” Journal of Research on Language and Culture, Vol. III, 1995,                                                    Eichi University, Amagasaki, Japan

1995 – “A Million Little Experiences,” Thomas Jewell-Vitale Pulls It All Together, The Loras College Magazine, Winter 1995, pp. 16-19.  Photos, cover photo.

1993 – “Iowa Artists Display Work That Reveals Today’s Troubled Times,”

Review by Eliot Nusbaum, The Des Moines Register, Sept. 5.

1993 – “Iowa Artists 1993,” Review by Mark Towner, River Cities’ Reader, Sept. 29.

1992 – “Contrasts Highlights Two Shows,” Review by Eliot Nusbaum,

The Des Moines Register, Sept. 13.

1992 – Radio Review of Exhibition at Olson-Larsen Gallery.  W. O. I. Radio,

Iowa State Univ., Sept. 24, by Carol Horowitz.

1991 – “Close To Home: Artists with an Iowa Connection,” Artist

Profile, Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, Iowa.

1988 – “Drilling for Talent,” Show review, Art Speak, Art Horizons ’88,

Art 54 Gallery, New York, New York.

1976 – “A View of Artists Fantasy Worlds,” Interview, Gail Cadow,

Dubuque Telegraph Herald.


1993 – Delivered a Founders Lecture, Loras College, “Lessons from the Particular”.

1991 – Gallery Talk, Waldorf College, Forest city, Iowa.” Visual Seeing”, Exhibit, Critique

1995 – Lecture, Eichi University, Amagasaki Japan, “American Art”

1995 – Lecture, Association of Professors from Universities in Kansai, “American Art”.

2005 – Participated in a Loras sponsored lecture/ panel discussion at Dubuque Museum of Art

During a Smithsonian sponsored exhibition on American Photography, “Art or Artifact”

2005 – Lectured in a four-part series at Dubuque Museum of Art on American Art.

2006 – Gallery Talk, “Voices” Exhibition, Dubuque, Iowa


First National Bank of Chicago, Chicago, IL  (2 works)

Quaker Oats Corp., Chicago, IL

Smith and Schnacke Corp., Dayton, OH (2 works)

Linclay Corp., Cincinnati, OH  (2 works)

Barlett and Co., Cincinnati, OH

Interstate Assurance Co., Des Moines, IA

National Bank of Waterloo, Waterloo, IA (2 works)

Norwest Card Services, West Des Moines, IA

Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, IA

IBM Corporation, Cincinnati, OH

U.S. West Communications, Des Moines, IA

Hawkeye Bank Corp., Des Moines, IA

Northwestern Mutual Life Ins., Milwaukee, WI

Andrews and Kurth, Washington, D.C.

Thrift Way, Cincinnati, OH

Waldorf College, Forest City, IA

Madison Art Center, Madison WI

Bear-Stearns, New York, NY (2 works)

Shatkin Trading Co., Chicago

Mercantile Exchange, Chicago, IL, (2 works)

P.R. Duke and Assoc., Governor’s Point Building, Cincinnati, OH, (2 works)

Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co., West Des Moines, IA (4 works)

Magna Bank, Des Moines, IA

Stouffer and Smith Architects, Des Moines, IA

Lotus Lama, St Paul, MN

Mary Greely Hospital, Ames, Iowa (3 works).

University of Northern Iowa (2 Works), Cedar Falls, Ia

Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa

Continental Bank of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2 works)

Pioneer Hybrid International, Johnston, IA (15 works)

Chemical Bank of New York, New York, NY

First Bank of Evanston, Evanston, IL

McDonalds Corp., Northbrook, IL

Marina Bank, Chicago, ILPalmer Assoc., Inc, Aurora, IL

Regional Consultants, Inc., Cincinnati, OH

North Central Life Ins. Co., St. Paul MN

Arthur Andersen Inc.,  Chicago, IL (2 works)

Emory Industries, Corp. Headquarters, Cincinnati, OH

Litton Industries, Corp. Headquarters, Cincinnati, OH

Queen City Brokers, Corporate Office, Cincinnati, OH

Jack Morton Productions, Chicago, IL

Oscar Mayer Company, Madison, WI

United Clinical Laboratories, Dubuque, IA

Lonny Gans and Assoc., Marina Del Rey, CA  (2 works)

Cincinnati Fan Corp., Cincinnati, OH

Maytag Corporation, Newton, IA (8 works)

Iowa State Bank Corp. Headquarters, Des Moines, IA (4 works)

Deflecta Shield, Des Moines, IA (4 works)

Equitable of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

Allied Group, Des Moines, IA (6 works)

Loras College, Dubuque, IA (2 works)

Wellmark Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Des Moines, IA (5 works)

Iowa state University, Ames, IA. (2 works)

State of Iowa, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms

Meridith Corporation, Des Moines, Iowa  (4 works)


Joseph Faulkner, Chicago, IL

Grady Clay, Louisville, KY

Dr. & Mrs. Kent Bauman, Dubuque, IA

David Cooper, Toronto, Canada

Jirak Istanbulu, Los Angeles, CA

Stanley Rabinowitz, Pines, FL

Dan and Anne Bohle, Dubuque, IA

Thos. Osterday, Cincinnati, OH

Kathe and Bill Richardson, Dubuque, IA

John Bonnette, Dubuque, IA

Boomer Esiason, Cincinnati, OH

Deanne. Levy,  Chicago, IL

David (III) and Joyce Hartig, Dubuque, IA

Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin, FL

Jack and Sylvia Watson, Waukee, IA

David and Kathy Kessler, Dubuque, IA

Storey Kenworthy, Des Moines, IA

Sue Spaeth and Pete Ostlind, Madison, WI

Gerald and Connie Meester, Dubuque, IA

Marlene and Gary Olsen, Des Moines, IA

Doug Henry, Martha Feurste, Dubuque ,IA

Sue and Steve Oeth, Dubuque, IA


Thomas and Carole Sannito, Dubuque, IA

Sheldon Kirshner, Chicago, IL

Mark Pollock, Chicago, IL

David Schwartz, Chicago, IL

Christine and Thomas Sinsky, Dubuque, IA

Karen Shaff and Steve Jayne, Des Moines, IA

Ed Dickson, Chicago, IL

Joanne Shaeffer-Berg, Cleveland, OH

Dr. Sally and Mr. Chuck Naylor, Dubuque, IA

Tom and Dorothy Gibbs, Dubuque Ia.

Linda Sandell, Seattle, WA

John and Mary Krantz, Des Moines, IA

Kim Kahle, Dubuque, IA

Bluma Cohen, New York, NY

James Wilson, Carroll, IA

Mark Engelbrecht, Des Moines, IA

Mike and Mel Frazier, Des Moines, IA

Jan and Dennis Porto, Des Moines, IA

Craig Marty and Rosemary Bauchiero, Dubuque, IA

Mary Merkel-Hess, Iowa City, IA

Mike and Mari Baur,West Chicago, Il

Rodger and Geri Schaffer Dubuque, IA

Keith and Dianne Gibson, Dubuque, IA