Lee Brozgol

Lee Brozgol
New York, NY
Memoir, Ceramics/Pottery, Collage, Drawing
Adult Day Care, After School Program, Community Center, K-12 Schools

Lee Brozgol is an artist/writer/photographer whose work has been integral to the Lower East Side art world since graduating from the University of Chicago and moving to New York City in 1964. His public works have included “The Greenwich Village Murals” for New York State’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, “Beacon,” a stained glass atrium for New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and "Liberty--Our Story!" a tiled entryway at Liberty High School in Manhattan.

Brozgol’s drawings, paintings and ceramics have been featured in exhibitions at the Paine Webber Gallery, Galleria J. Antonio, The Museum at Stony Brook, the Henry Street Settlement and Dance Theater Workshop.   His installation, “The House I Live In” was sponsored by the Tenement Museum and is currently at the University Settlement.

Brozgol’s notorious mask and banner exhibition, “40 Patriots/countless americans,” earned a scathing review on the front page of The Washington Times. As an author and photographer, Brozgol has been published in SchoolArts.  His photographs regularly appear online in The Lo-Down: News from the Lower East Side.

In over 40 years as a social worker, my work as a teaching artist for Elders Share The Arts (ESTA) has been my favorite job. My assignments have included intergenerational ceramic tile murals, The Story Circle and, most recently, an intergenerational Story Circle at the Queens Community House. I enjoy working with older adults because of the wonderful stories they can tell. When youngsters are added to the mix, the result is always wisdom. Ever since my move to New York's Lower East Side in 1964, I’ve been channeling some of the colorful, gritty energy of my hometown, Chicago, into vibrant New York City public commissions. In collaboration with students from P.S. 41, I created "The Greenwich Village Murals" at the IRT Christopher Street Subway Station. With recently arrived immigrant students, we fabricated "Liberty--Our Story!,” a ceramic tile entryway at Liberty High School in Manhattan. Most recently, I designed a 20’ stained glass mural at PS 66 in Canarsie which was featured on the cover of Michele Cohen’s Public Art for Public Schools with a preface by Michael Bloomberg. In 2005, I joined the staff of ESTA as a teaching artist. Through their training, I learned a method for building community through gathering stories and making art. This has made my work even more inspiring. I hope that has also been true for the elders and children I’ve taught.