Anita Welych, MFA

Anita Welych

Program Director, Art
Professor, Art
Faculty Advisor, Kappa Pi International Art Honor Society
  • MFA, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Graduate work in painting and lithography, Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia
  • BFA, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Coursework in painting and drawing, Syracuse University in London, London, England
Division: Art & Design
Jephson A - Second Floor

Anita Welych has been teaching studio art at Cazenovia College for 28 years. Welych began her career at Cazenovia teaching two-dimensional art, including foundation level courses like color theory and print making, and has expanded into teaching history of architecture and interiors for the interior design program. She also teaches the professional sequence courses in Studio Art and Photography including portfolio preparation, internship and professional practices.


Anita Welych received her BFA at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where she studied painting and printmaking, with a minor in ecology. She pursued graduate coursework at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá while on a Fulbright Grant. For almost six years, she taught and exhibited her art in a variety of venues across the country. While there, she illustrated training workbooks for people working with homeless children. Her work is featured in the collections of several embassies in Colombia.

After completing an MFA in Painting at Syracuse University, Welych began teaching at Cazenovia College. She subsequently returned to Colombia on a Fulbright Teaching/Research Grant, teaching courses at both the Universidad Nacional and Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. She was a featured speaker at six universities across the country during that stay. Welych has completed residencies nationally and internationally, most recently near Barcelona, Spain in 2019. She co-founded and directed the alternative Syracuse-based gallery Altered Space in the 1990s, and has served on the boards of Open Figure Drawing and ArtRage Gallery, both in Syracuse. 

Welych maintains an active exhibition schedule, sometimes collaborating with another Latina artist. Welych works in several media, including book arts, printmaking, painting, drawing and installation. Her lifelong sensitivity to pressing social and environmental issues drives the content of her art. 

  • 2019 - Professional Development Grant, Kappa Pi International Art Honor Society
  • 2014 - Honorable Mention, Made in New York, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
  • 2011 - S.O.S. Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts
  • 2001 - S.O.S. Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts
  • 1999 - S.O.S. Grant, New York Foundations for the Arts
  • 1998 - Painting Grant, Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts
  • 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998 - Artist-in-Residence, Centre d’Art Conemporanea La Rectoria, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1997 - Best of Show, Schweinfurth New York State Annual, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
  • 1996 - Artist-in-Residence, Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca, NY
  • 1995 - Fulbright Teaching/Research Grant to Colombia
  • 1995 - Honorable Mention, Covering/Uncovering, Impact Gallery, Buffalo, NY
  • 1980 - Fulbright Grant to Colombia

Written work:

  • 2016 Catalog essay, "People Who Came to My House", catalog published by ArtRage Gallery exhibit of same name
  • 2012 TONY 2012 Catalog, 4 essays featured in catalogue published by Everson Museum citywide juried New York State exhibition
  • Selected reviews:
  • Shephard, Paul, "Cazenovia College Art Gallery presents 'Sabbatical Returns'", Cazenovia Republican, Wednesday, February 1, 2012
  • Mrozek, Paul, "A Collaborative Effort", Batavia Daily News, Thursday, September 8, 2011
  • 2019 Vibrant Ground, Artisan Gallery, Binghamton, NY
  • En Route, Centre d'Art La Rectoria, Sant Pere de Vilamajor, Spain
  • Cut and Paste, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY
  • 2016 Re-vision, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY
  • Portable Magic: Reading and Writing in the Visual Arts, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica NY
  • 2014 Commemorating Loss, outdoor installation at Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca NY
  • Passenger Pigeon: 100 years of loss, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology Ithaca NY
  • Made in New York, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
  • 2012 Sabbatical Returns, Cazenovia College Art Gallery, Cazenovia NY
  • 2011 Quinceañera: 15 years of Latina collaboration, with Yolanda Daliz, Ros Steiner Gallery, Batavia, NY
  • Mamage: Homage to Mothers, Arkell Museum Community Gallery, Canajoharie, NY
  • 100 Years of Women Rocking the World, ArtRage Gallery, Syracuse NY.
  • 2007 *Mi Casa, Tu Casa, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, NY
  • 2005 Say/Hear, Co-Act Community Arts project on Civic Engagement, Syracuse NY
  • 2004 *Crying Room, Earlville Opera House Gallery, Earlville, NY
  • 2019 Dwindle: Artistic Representation of Bird Population Meta-Data, LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY
  • 2018 The Presence of Nature in Art, LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY
  • Now You See Them...Joel Sartore's photo-documentation of the Anthropocene Extinction, Manlius and Cazenovia, NY
  • 2017 Science in Art, panel discussion (organized and participated), Museum of Science and Technology
  • 2011 Artist Talk, Lemoyne College, Syracuse, NY
  • But Is It Art? Art and Social Activism, part of Great Minds, Great Ideas lecture series, Cazenovia Public Library, Manlius Public Library, Cazenovia/ Manlius, NY
  • 2010 Lead presenter, Eastside IDEAS Collaborative Community Conversation, Palace Theater, Syracuse NY
  • 2009 From Awareness to Activism: Social Engagement in the Art Classroom, Confluence, FATE Biennial Conference, Portland, OR
  • 2008 Inciting Insight, Design, The Arts and the Political, conference at SVA, New York City, NY
  • Women and Contemporary Art, Lemoyne College, Syracuse NY
  • 2007 Assessment: the Good, the Bad and the Time-Consuming, FATE (Foundations in Art, Theory and Education) Conference, Milwaukee, WI
  • Professor of Art, former Studio Art program director; former Director of Foundations; former Photography program director, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY 1990-present
  • Visiting Professor of Art, Universidad Nacional de Colombia en Bogotá, 1995
  • Visiting Professor of Art, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, 1995
  • Recruiting Field Representative, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 1989-1990
  • Instructor of Record, Drawing, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 1987 - 1989