Roland Ginzel, Distinguished Alumni, LJHS Class of 1935
April 22, 2013, Roland Ginzel is widely recognized as a pioneer abstract artist. Throughout his career, he established himself as an important artist, teacher, and organizer of important arts organizations and exhibitions in the city of Chicago.
After graduating from eighth grade at Central School in 1935, and then from Lincoln High School and Lincoln College, Mr. Ginzel received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. He later earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the State University of Iowa.
Mr. Ginzel, receiving a Fulbright Award, spent a year in Rome doing post-graduate work. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Rockford College, the University of Illinois Chicago, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Colorado College, in New York at the Parsons School of Design, and at Columbia University. He has been honored as Professor Emeritus by the University of Illinois Chicago and awarded an honorary Doctorate at Lincoln College.
A lifetime professional artist, Mr. Ginzel has exhibited his work throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. He is known for his unique brand of abstract painting using colors, lines, and patterns of shapes dispersed about the picture plane. His long term dedication to abstraction makes him one of the most singular and individualistic figures in the spectrum of postwar Chicago art.