LEE NEWMAN is a painter and printmaker from Frederick, Maryland. He received BFA and MFA degrees from American University before continuing his studies as a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, Austria. As a Fulbright Scholar he had access to the vast collection of prints and drawings at the Albertina and also traveled to study paintings in many museums across Europe. This experience had an important impact on his work. Upon returning to the United States, he reevaluated the direction of his work, gradually shifting from large abstract studio paintings to small scale works drawn from direct observation. This shift involved a more ambitious approach to expressive themes. Buoyed by a new aesthetic conviction, he decided to found an art school in 1984, the Washington Studio School. The goal was to create a non-degree program that offered a full curriculum of art courses comparable to those taught at colleges and art schools. He continues to serve on the faculty and has managed to embrace the virtual classroom. His prints and paintings are in a number of private and public collections across the country. These collections include the National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The California Palace of the Legion of Honor and The Library of Congress. Grants and awards include: Maryland State Art Council Award, Assilah Forum Foundation residency (Morocco), New Hampshire State Art Award, Kreeger Painting Award and Elizabeth van Swinderen Painting Award. He recently received the Museum Director's Award for his etching "Crawling Figure" in the Cumberland Valley Regional Exhibition currently on display at the Washington Co Museum in Hagerstown, Md.