Leopold Segedin

BIOGRAPHY
 
Leopold Segedin was born in Chicago in 1927.  He received his BFA (1948) and MFA (1950) from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He has taught at the University of Illinois (assistantship, 1948-50), U.S. Army Engineers (drafting, 1952-54), and at Northeastern Illinois University (1955-87).  He has also taught at the Horwich JCC and the Evanston Art Center.  He is Art Professor Emeritus at Northeastern Illinois University.  He retired from Northeastern in 1987 after teaching there for 32 years and has been painting full-time ever since. Mr. Segedin has been an exhibiting artist since 1947, his works having been shown at such museums as the Art Institute of Chicago (including the 60th Annual National Exhibition), the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Milwaukee Art Institute.  In 1994, he had a major exhibition in the Renaissance Court of the Chicago Cultural Center called “I Remember”, a retrospective of paintings on Chicago themes done since 1947.  He has exhibited with a group called the ‘5’ at the Belzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, the Loyola University Art Gallery, the Ukrainian Institute of Fine Art, and the Suburban Fine Art Center in Highland Park.  In 2000, he was included in a group show at the Muskegon Museum of Art called “Moments of Grace: New Regional Painting”.  Also, during 2000, he had a one man show at the University Club of Chicago. In 2001, he participated in “Survey 2001” at the Byron Roche Gallery in Chicago.  He was represented at “Chicago 2002”, the international show at Navy Pier.  In 2000, 2002, 2006, and 2009, he had one-man shows at the Byron Roche Gallery. In 2010, Mr. Segedin was featured in a major retrospective at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.  In 2019 his work returned to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for a show at the Link Gallery, “Leopold Segedin’s Chicago: Games, Trains and Planes.” His “Hey, Kid!” series inspired the song, “Hey Kid,” written by Michael Peter Smith and released on Smith’s album “There” in 2000.  Segedin’s work has been featured on the covers of two Michael Smith albums. The first book of his work, Leopold Segedin: A Habit of Art, was published in 2018. The second, Segedin x Segedin: Self Portraits and Cameos (1944 to 2020) will be released May, 2020.
 
 
Contact: Paul Segedin (the artist’s son)
773-332-9546
 
Giclee print reproductions are available at https://www.etsy.com/shop/LeoSegedinGiclees
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