West Windsor, N.J. – On Tuesday, April 23, Mercer County Community College’s own esteemed Professor of Art and Art History Mel Leipzig will give his last lecture before his retirement.
The discussion, “A Lifetime Devoted to Painting,” will be held at noon in Kelsey Theatre at the West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The lecture is part of the college’s Spring Distinguished Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.
In a slide lecture Leipzig will present an overview of his artwork that spans his 60-year career. He will share approximately 80 paintings, beginning with those from his high school years, up to present day. Most of his paintings will center on his family, MCCC, and a recent series of portraits of artists and architects in their environments.
Works by the longtime Trenton resident are part of the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Academy Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the New Jersey State Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Jane Voorhees Zimmer Museum, and the White House. Locally, Leipzig has had shows at the Pennington School, Rider University, Richard Stockton College and the West Windsor Arts Council.
In 2006, Leipzig was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Design in New York. His awards and recognitions include a Fulbright Grant to Paris, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and a grant in painting from the National Endowment for the Arts. Leipzig studied at Cooper Union, Yale University and Pratt Institute.
Art critic Burton Wasserman has described Leipzig as "New Jersey's greatest living painter." He has been a member of the MCCC faculty for 45 years.