biography
 
Born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Lewis Colburn received degrees in studio art and Russian language from
St. Olaf College, and an MFA in sculpture from Syracuse University. Colburn's work has been exhibited throughout
the United States, at venues including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts
Center, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, and the historic Glen
Foerd mansion in Philadelphia. Colburn is also a member of NAPOLEON, an artist-run project space in
Philadelphia's Rollins Building.
selected exhibitions
2016 Scenes for Empty Rooms, Glen Foerd on the Delaware, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
  Early America, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD (solo)
  In/Dwelling: Meditations on Built Environments as Cultural Narrative, High Street Gallery, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
  Lost In Transit, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA. With NAPOLEON.
Far More Real, Coop Gallery, Nashville, TN. With NAPOLEON.
 
2015 Wind Challenge 1, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
  Three Museum Objects, Gocseji Museum, Zalaegerszeg, Hungary (solo)
  Traction Company, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with NAPOLEON. Philadelphia, PA
  Woodmere Annual 2015, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
  Other Selections, The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA
   
2014 On This Site, NAPOLEON, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
  Centennial (American Still Life), Window on Broad, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
  ForceField, MakeShift, Philadelphia PA
  Repeated Set, with Tamsen Wojtanowski, Tyler School of Art, Photo Department, Philadelphia, PA
  Good Neighbors, Berman Museum of Art, Ursinius College, Collegeville, PA
   
2013 The Noble Amateur, NAPOLEON, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
  Short Histories, President's Office, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
  As First As Exactly, with NAPOLEON, as part of Citywide, a festival of artist-run spaces. Traction Company, Philadelphia, PA
   
2012 The Practical Romantic, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (solo)
  The Factory and After, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
  After the Architect Has Gone, Public Space One, Iowa City, IA (solo)
  Visions and Vignettes, ArtWorks, Trenton, NJ
   
2011 Have a Nice Day The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
  HERE The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  Construct The Icebox at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  This Is The House You'll Live In Tomorrow, University of the Arts Sculpture Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  Introductions 2011, Widener Gallery, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
 
2010 Vertigo, Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo, IA
  Fugitive Encounters, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA
   
2009 Interregnum (1815-1969) Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY (solo)
  MFA 2009, New York Center for Art and Media Studies, New York, NY
  MFA 2009, SUArt Gallery, Syracuse, NY
  Die Andere Seite der Welt, Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum, Berlin, Germany.
   
2008 International Prize for Performance, 4th Edition. Galleria Civica, Trento, Italy
  Seriously, Funny Lord Hall Gallery, University of Maine, Orono, ME
  Artists and Models: Unhinged Central Terminal, Buffalo, NY
  The X-Prize and the Heroic Theory of Invention Redhouse Arts Center, Syracuse, NY (solo)
   
2007 New York, New York, New York Fluxfactory, Queens, NY

The Inspection Stations Project Unit B Gallery, Syracuse, NY (solo)

Photography: What Now? Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY

Fusion Gallery R, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
  Made in NY 2007 Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
  Don’t You Love Me? Spark Contemporary Art Space, Syracuse, NY
  Furniture Showroom Extravaganza!!! Gene’s Furniture, Syracuse, NY
   
2006 The Auratic Research Project Performance, Herzen State Pedagogical Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Karl Malone Slam Dunk Challenge 1998 Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, MN
  ¿Dugong? Flaten Art Museum, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

 
2005 Minnesota Biennial 2D II Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN
   
professional activity
 
2016 SculptureSpace Residency Program, Utica, NY (Summer 2016)
2015 Tractor Residency Program, D'Clinic Studios, Zalaegerszeg, Hungary
2015-16 Artist-in-Residence, Glen Foerd Estate, Philadelphia, PA
2012 Visiting Artist, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
2011 Visiting Critic, University of the Arts Sculpture Program, Philadelphia, PA.
2010 Visiting Artist, Univeristy of the Arts Sculpture Program, Philadelphia, PA.
2009 Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT.
2009 Visiting Artist, Flaten Memorial Lecture Series, St. Olaf College Department of Art, Northfield, MN.
2007 Wendover Residence Program, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, UT .
2006 Visiting Artist, Herzen Pedagogical Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia.