Picture of Lewis Schnellman

Lew Schnellmann was born in St. Louis Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Fine Arts (MFA) and Mathematics (BS).  He also studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Minnesota.  He taught Art at Radford College (VA), Missouri Western College (MO) and Century College (MN).  He is presently working in studios in Oracle, AZ and St. Paul, MN.

Artist’s Statement

My paintings are about the “Place”.  Location is the subject matter that is the inspiration to create the artwork.  It may be the color of the light or the colors of shapes of the shadows being cast or the shimmer of the reflections in water.  I use my skills in the handling of the medium, to present to the viewer what I believe is the ultimate aspect of the beautiful.  I hope to transmit some similarity of my sensations, which I experience about the “place”, to the viewer through the artwork.


Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Bachelor of Science, Art, Education, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Selected Recent Exhibitions

Agua Caliente Park Gallery, 2013, Tucson, AZ
DeGrazia "Little Gallery", 2013, Tucson, AZ
Art Reach Gallery, 2011, Stillwater, MN
RLV Gallery, 2008, Oracle, AZ
Tucson/Pima Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 2007, Oracle, AZ
The Back Alley Gallery, 2006, Oracle, AZ
St. Phillips on the Hill Gallery, 2004, Tucson, AZ
St. Paul Art Crawl, 1995 to present, St. Paul, MN
Primavera Exhibition, 2002, Plymouth, MN
Burnsville Area Society for the Arts, 2001, Burnsville MN, Honorable Mention Award
Prairie Star Coffee House, 1999, 1995, Minneapolis, MN
Unitarian Church, 1999, St. Paul, MN
Northwestern Gallery, 1998, St. Paul, MN
Century College, 1997, 1994, White Bear Lake, MN
Northern Lights Regional Exhibition, 1985, 1996, White Bear Lake, MN
Musée Ad Zak, 1993, Paris, France
World Trade Center, 1993, St. Paul, MN
Wilensky Gallery, 1992, Minneapolis, MN
Augsburg College, 1991, 1975, St. Paul, MN
University of Missouri, 1991, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Community College, 1991, Minneapolis, MN

Public Commissions

Liberty High School, Bedford, VA, Sculpture
Holy Redeemer Church, Maplewood, MN, Sculpture
Copper Corridor Iron Ore Cart Sculpture Competition, Globe, AZ, Sculpture (not yet completed)

Gallery Affiliations

Art Reach Gallery, Stillwater, MN
Tohano Chul Botanical Garden Museum Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Mrsquite Grove Gallery, Tubac, AZ

Grants and Awards

Anderson Center, Red Wing, MN, Artist’s Residency Award, 2003
Burnsville Area Society for the Arts, Burnsville, MN, Honorable Mention Award, 2001

Media and Publications

Northwest Explorer, 2008
The Oracle Newspaper, 2004-08
St. Philip’s on the Hill Murphey Gallery Exhibition Catalog, 1/2004
Red Wing Republican Eagle, Red Wing, MN, 9/2002
St. Paul Pioneer Press, 5-8/2000
Matlacha News, Matlacha FL, 2/1999
City Pages, Minneapolis, MN, 11/1998
Unity Church Gallery Catalog, MN, 10/1998
Exhibition Catalog, Heads, Faces and Caricatures, Lakewood Gallery, MN, 5/1994
Minneapolis Star Tribune, 12/1993
Musée Roy AdZak, Paris, Exhibition Catalog, 4/1993
Figure Drawings Exhibition Catalog, Minneapolis, MN, 7/1981
The Friends Gallery Exhibition Catalog, Minneapolis Institute of Art, 1980
Jury Show for Minnesota Artists, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, MN, 6/1978
Lakewood College Gallery Exhibition Catalog, MN, 1/1970
The Bedford Bulletin, VA, June, 1968
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Exhibition Catalog, VA, 1967
Southeastern Multiples Invitational Show exhibition Catalog,
        Gallery of Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
, 1967
Winston-Salem Journal, 1967
The Mint Museum of Art Exhibition Catalog, Charlotte, VA, 1967
The Roanoke Times, 1967
St. Joseph News-Press, MO, 1964-66