– Award for the Most Outstanding Young Poster
Designer, 5th Biennial of Polish Poster Design, Katowice, Poland.
– Second Place, 6th National Graphic Art Exhibition,
Warsaw, Poland (for the drypoint engraving “Scandal in Town”).
– Between 1973-81 – Sawka was granted “Warsaw’s
Best Poster” Prize 12 times.
– LOT Polish Airlines Award, 5th International
Poster Biennial, Warsaw, Poland.
– Golden Pin Award, given by the editorial staff
of Szpilki satirical magazine,
Warsaw (for “To Be a Bird” drawing).
– Oscar de la Peinture Award and the Special
Prize of the President of France, 7th
International Painting Festival, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France (for a number
of major works based on the “In My Head” print series).
– The Medal of Honor of the “Student”
editorial staff for all creative activities in
the “New Culture” movement.
– Gold Medal and First Place
in a group of socio-ideological posters, 7th
International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, Poland (for the “Vehicle of the
– Prize of Honor, 3rd Biennial of Poster Design,
Lahti, Finland (for
– Eyes and Ears Foundation Award, Billboard Art,
Los Angeles, USA.
- The Clio Award, The Annual Award, Advertising,
New York, USA.
– Book of the Year Award,
granted by New York Times Editorial Staff, New York, USA
(for the album containing a series of 25 prints called “A Book
– Silver Medal, 14th Biennial of Graphic Design,
Brno, Czech Republic (for a four element poster
design that accompanied the Sawka one-man-show exhibition a the SUNY
University, New York, USA).
– Artist Laureate, 7th Colorado International
Invitational Poster Exhibition, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.
– The Polish Publishers Association Award, Warsaw, Poland,
for "70 Views on Route to Venice"
– Japanese Cultural Agency Award, Tokyo, Japan.
– Award of Merit, 9th Colorado International
Invitational Poster Exhibition, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.
– The Polish National Postal Service issues a series of commemorative postal stamps honoring The Masters of the Polish School of Posters. One stamp features Jan Sawka's poster for theatrical play "The Crazy Locomotive, " a production of the STU Theater, Krakow, Poland.
– International OSAKA Award nominee in the fields
of architecture and design, Osaka, Japan.
– Premio di Lorenzo Il Magnifico Gold Medal in Multimedia,
Biennial of Contemporary Art, Florence, Italy.
– AIA (American Institute of Architects) New Hampshire, Excellence in Architecture Design Award for Pease Monument and Complex - Jerusalem (Award received together with Bartek Sapeta), New Hampshire, USA.
France), October 1974, November 1976.
Projekt (Warsaw, Poland), no. 4, 1974, no.
4, 1975, no. 4, 1976, no. 3, 1979.
Art and Artists (London, England), June 1976.
Idea (Tokyo, Japan), July 1977, March 1982,
February 1993, December 1995.
Novum (Munich, Germany), June 1978.
Artnews (New York, USA) September 1983, October
New York Times, USA, 4 March 1985.
"Jan Sawka: Human Histories" by
Ruth Eisenberg in Arts Magazine (New York, USA), March 1985.
"Jan Sawka Makes an Elegiac Impression in Print"
by Charles Solomon in Los Angeles Times, USA, 1 December 1986.
Backstage (New York, USA), March 1989.
"Jan Sawka" by Pierre Souchaud in
Artension #35 (Paris, France), October 1991.
"Jan Sawka" by Shoji Katagish in Creation
(Tokyo, Japan), no. 13, 1992.
Affiche by Frank Fox(Amsterdam, Netherlands),
"Visions of Color and Light" by Frank Fox
in Print (New York, USA), May/June 1996.
Contemporary Polish Posters
in Full Color, edited by Joseph S. Czestochowski, New
York, USA, 1979.
Polish Posters 1970-1980, by Zdzislaw Schubert,
Warsaw, Poland, 1982.
Who's Who in Graphic Art, edited by Walter
Amstutz, Dubendorf, Switzerland, 1982.
Visual Design Education, catalogue by Giovanni
Brunazzi, Aosta, Italy, 1998.
A Selected Retrospective, exhibition catalogue
with texts by James Beck, Elena G. Millie, and Niel C. Trager, New York,
A Selected Retrospective, exhibition catalogue
with texts by Stanley Cuba, Arvada, Colorado, USA, 1990.
The Returns, exhibition catalogue with texts
by Marek Rostworowski and James Beck, Krakow, Poland, 1991.
My Europe, exhibition catalogue with texts
by Marek Rostworowski, Seville, Spain, 1992.
Spotkania (Meetings), by Zdzislaw Schubert,
Catalogue, The Exhibition, Tarnow Poland, 1997.
Korzenie (Roots), by Jadwiga Pawlas-Kos, Muzeum
Miejskie, Zabrze, Polad, 1997.
Something to Declare: Jan Sawka's Life in Art
An autobiographical essay, with additional essays by others on aspects
of Jan Sawka’s art. Edited by Dr. Frank Boyer. New York.
The Series of Full Graphic Treatment of Edward Stachura's Poetry
Various Publishers, Poland 1972-1980.
Narzedzia I Instrumenty (The tools and Instruments) Poety of L.A. Moczulski
Wydawnictwo Literackie, Krakow, Poland, 1974-77
A Book of Fiction, The Folio of 25 Handcolored Dry-Point Engravings
Foreword by Professor James Beck, Clarkson N. Potter, New York, 1986
A Book of Fiction
Clarkson A. Potter, New York, USA, 1986.
70 Views on Route to Venice
(poetry of L. A. Moczulski), A5 Publishers, Poznan, Poland, 1991.
At Hanka's Table
(by Hanka Sawka, with Hanna Maria Sawka), illustrated by Jan Sawka.
A cookbook-memoir detailing life behind the Iron Curtain and an exiled
family’s life abroad and in the world of art. Lake Isle Press,
New York, July 2004.
Installation for the Deutsch Gallery, New York, USA, 1983.
A Book of Fiction
25 prints for Clarkson N. Potter Incorporated, USA 1986.
Krapp's Last Tape
Installation, for the Samuel Beckett Theater, New York, USA, 1986.
The Shoemakers (Witkacy)
Set design, for the Cocteau Theater, New York, USA, 1987.
The Trial (Kafka)
Set design, for the Cocteau Theater, New York, USA, 1987.
Set design, for the Cocteau Theater, New York, USA, 1989.
Grateful Dead Concert Stage Set
10-story tall set designed for 25th Anniversary Tour of the Grateful
Dead band, USA, 1989.
Installation for the Dorsky Gallery, New York, USA, 1989.
Waiting for Godot(Beckett)
Set and Poster for Apple Blossom Production, Poughkeepsie, New York,
Book design, for Viking-Penguin, 1990.
Installation combining paintings, prints, and projections with music
by composer Ed Summerlin, for MASC Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York,
Set and installation concept presented to the Pope at St. Peter's Square,
the Vatican, 1992.
Theatrical spectacle combining painted banners and kinetic projections,
produced by Tadashi Suzuki, Electronic projections/lights, Marc I. Rosenthal
for Art Tower Mito, Japan, 1993.
Steve Winwood and Traffic (rock band) Concert Set
for USA Summer Tour (with Marc Rosenthal), 1994.
Concept and design for outdoor visual projection spectacle, Mito, Japan,
Concept and design for set and installation for a projected theatrical
production (with John Russell Brown),England, 1995.
The Magic Cube
Prototype of interactive sculpture (collaboration with Nippon Sheet
Glass), Tokyo, Japan, 1995.
The Tower of Light
Concept and design for100-meter obelisk with kinetic projections by
Jan Sawka and music composed by Ed Summerlin. An UMU-glass technology
working model was produced in collaboration with Japanese companies
Toho Studios, Sumitomo, and Nippon Sheet Glass for presentation to the
ruler of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, 1996.
The Peace Monument
Concept and design for a monument promoting peace in the Middle East.
The Virtual Reality Room
Concept for an interactive space created from the active glass for the
projection-based multimedia presentations, Nippon Sheet Glass, Toho
Studio, Tokyo, 1997.
“Four Oceans” and “The
Two UMU glass Multimedia Sculptures. Polish Pavilion, The Expo of the
Sea, Lisbon, Portugal, 1998.
Citywide image projection spectacle (designed with Marc Rosenthal) Houston,
Texas, USA, October 23rd 1999.
The Essen Towers
Concept and design for a permanent installation of four interactive
UMU glass towers for Essen, Germany, 1999.
Conversation of Cultures
Concept and design for a permanent installation of two monumental UMU
glass towers, visually dramatizing the interactions between world cultures.
The Hudson Valley Tower
Concept and design for a single UMU glass tower depicting aspects of
the history and lifeways of the people of the Hudson Valley of New York
State, New York, 2004.
Four UMU Glass Sculptures
“CalligraphyTower,” “Sun Tower,”
and Two Untitled Magic Cubes. (In collaboration with Mineo
Mori, Masayuki Kondo, andYoushi Matsuda), Shojiro Saitoh Workshop, Fujisawa,
Multi-media spectacle using DVD projection video of over 1200 images,
presented in sequence and coordinated to music by Czeslaw Niemen, Florence,
2003 (excerpt), Tokyo. Awarded Premio de Lorenzo Il Magnifico Gold Medal
at 2003 Florence Biennial. In pre-production stage, 2007.
The Great Dragon
The large scale installation of projection screens presenting the 60
minutes long multimedia spectacle featuring the 6000 year of Chinese
civilisation. Proposed for Taiwan and Mainland China's locations. Concept, 2003.
The Tower of Light Cultural Complex
The further development of the Tower of Light (1996) concept features
8 museums, philharmonic hall, theater and film complex, poetry center
and contemporary art center. Also, full urbanistic lay-out, including
parks, recreational areas, hotels and shopping centers. The Tower of
Light Complex is redeveloped into the Heritage Museum. Lulu Island,
Abu Dhabi. 2004-2007.
The National Song Museum
The concept of multimedia, space of the National Song Museum, a part
of the Amphitheatre Complex. Also, the multimedia spectacle is proposed.
Collaborators, Krystyna and Andrzes Szczepanski, Architects. Opole,
Flowers and The Virtual Reality Room. The Multimedia Spectacle,
The visual part contains the animated images combining Dennis Stock's
series of the flowers' photographs and Mr. Sawka's graphics, about 45-50
minutes long. The spectacle is planned to be featured at the virtual
reality Room (1997) already devloped in Japan. 2007.
Please also see the Jan Sawka Individual Exhibitions page (click here).
Sawka- Stankiewicz Budapest University Gallery, Hungary (posters,
Sawka- Stankiewicz International Festival of Young
Art, York, England (posters, prints).
Jan Sawka / STU Lausanne Cultural Centre, Switzerland (posters,
Jan Sawka / STU Art 7 Festival, Palermo, Italy (posters,
Sawka- Stankiewicz BWA Wroclaw, Poland (prints).
Sawka Helsinki University Gallery, Finland (posters,
Sawka Caracas Art Festival, Venezuela (posters, prints)
In My Head FAMA, Swinouscie, Poland (paintings based
Sawka Stodola Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (posters, prints,
Sawka-Fukuda International Design Conference in Aspen, Colorado,
USA (posters, prints, paintings on paper)
The Wroclaw Four Poster Museum, Warsaw-Wilanow, Poland
(prints, paintings, posters)
Sawka-Mleczko BWA Opole, Poland (posters, prints)
Sawka Otto Nagel Haus, East Berlin, Germany (posters)
Jan Sawka Galerie Noire, Paris, Galerie Lefor-Openo,
Saint Cloud, France (paintings, prints, drawings)
Sawka Galerie Pulchri Studio, Hague, Netherlands (prints,
Jan Sawka Dubins Gallery, Los Angeles, California,
USA (prints, paintings on paper)
To Be a Bird 9th International Painting Festival, Cagnes-Sur-Mer,
Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris, France (installation of paintings)
Sawka Art Directors Club, New York, New York, USA (posters)
Jan Sawka Lillian Heidenberg Gallery, New York, New York, USA
(paintings, prints, drawings)
Sawka Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA
The Laureates of the 7th International Biennial of Poster Art
Poster Museum, Warsaw-Wilanow, Poland (posters)
Jan Sawka Poster Exhibition, J. Kochanowski Theater,
Opole, Poland (posters)
Sawka Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA (paintings,
Pictures Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, New York, USA (paintings)
Sawka Ana Sklar Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA (paintings,
Paintings IMF Gallery, Washington, DC. USA (paintings)
In My Head and Map of the Sky Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles,
California, USA (paintings)
Conversations Sid Deutsch Gallery, New York, New York,
USA (installation of paintings and constructions)
Sawka Albany Acadamy Gallery, Albany, New York, USA
New Creations Evelyn Siegel Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas,
USA (paintings, prints)
Jan Sawka paintings and constructions, Sid Deutsch Gallery,
New York, Pratt Manhattan Center Gallery, 112 Greene Street, New York,
USA (paintings, constructions, prints), Saumuel Beckett Theater, New York (Poster)
"Krapp's Last Tape" installation Samuel Beckett Theater,
New York, New York, USA (installation of paintings)
Exhibitions promoting his new book "The Book of Fiction"
Rizzoli Bookstore and Gallery, New York, USA; Anca Colbert Gallery,
Los Angeles, California, USA; Evelyn Siegel Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas,
Life Cycles Di Laurenti Gallery, New York, New York, USA (paintings)
Sawka a series of graphic design exhibitions, La Salle,
Aosta, Italy (posters, prints)
New Works Dorsky Gallery, Soho, New York, USA (paintings, "The
Retrospective SUNY College Art Gallery, New Paltz,
New York, USA (paintings, constructions, prints, posters)
Retrospective Dowd Fine Arts Center, SUNY College,
Cortland, New York, USA
Retrospective Tyler Art Gallery, New York State University,
Oneonta, New York, USA
Milestones, retrospective Nicolaysen Museum of Art,
Casper, Wyoming, USA
Milestones, retrospective Arvada Arts Center of the
Arts, Arvada, Colorado, USA (paintings, constructions, posters)
Jana Sawky nawrat do srdca Europy Brno Municipal Theater
Gallery, Czechoslovakia (prints, posters)
The Sphere, a visual-musical project with composer
Edgar Summerlin, MASC Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA (slides,
Banners Dorsky Gallery, Soho, New York, USA (banners)
New Creations, De Andino Fine Arts Gallery, Washington,
D.C., USA (paintings, banners, prints)
Returns, retrospective The Arsenal Gallery, Czartoryski
Foundation, Cracow National Museum, Poland (paintings, banners, prints)
Paintings, Sketches, Starmach Gallery, Cracow, Poland
On the Way to Seville Hassel & Haeseler Gallery,
Denver, Colorado, USA (paintings, banners)
Poster Retrospective Fort Collins Museum of Art, Lincoln
Center, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA (posters)
Returns, retrospective Poster Museum, Warsaw-Wilanow,
Poland (paintings, banners, prints, posters)
We Exist, Zacheta National Gallery, Soho, Warsaw, Poland, (banners, prints)
New Sculptures Carolyn Hill Gallery, Soho, New York, USA (sculptures,
Returns, retrospective The Abbots' Palace, Gdansk National
Musuem, Gdansk Poland (paintings, prints, banners)
Returns, retrospective Science and Art Museum, Prague,
Czech Republic (paintings, prints, banners)
Returns, retrospective BWA Bielsko-Biala, Poland (paintings,
My Europe, installation, International Art Pavalion,
Expo '92 Seville, Spain (banners, prints, posters)
Jan Sawka, mixed media paintings, 1978-88, Queens Museum,
New York, USA (paintings)
Work in Process Creation Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (prints,
Graphic Art, retrospective. Presentation of the "Messiah
Concept, Wroclaw National Museum, Wroclaw, Poland (prints, multi-media
The World of Jan Sawka- paintings, prints, intallations
Atrium Gallery, Connecticut State University, Storrs, Connecticut, USA
(paintings, prints, banners, the Room installation, video)
"The Eyes" Visual Theater, a multimedia project, ACM Theater,
Art Tower Mito, Japan (banner installations)
Graphic Art retrospective Striped House Museum of Art Tokyo,
Japan (prints, banners, installation)
Returns, retrospective Pecsi Galeria, Pecs, Hungary (paintings,
banners, prints, video)
Sawka Graphic Art Gallery 360, Aoyama Tokyo, Japan
The Tower of Light project presentation Culture Foundation,
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (paintings, prints, posters, multi-media,
Projects, Kosciuszko Foundation, New York, NY
Jan Sawka- Roots Zabrze Municipal Museum, Zabrze, Poland (paintings,
prints, posters, multi-media)
Sawka-Sato Traveled to ten midsized art centers all
over Poland over 1997-2000 (paintings, posters)
Meetings Galeria Miejska, Tarnow, Poland (paintings,
prints, posters, sculptures, multi-media).
Sawka-Sato Polish Cultural Institute, London, UK (paintings, posters)
Jan Sawka The New Works Gallery Above, Woodstock, NY (paintings,
Into the Open: From Studio Works to Monumental Projects, and Beyond…ACA
Galleries, New York (paintings, prints, sculptures, interactive sculptures
and multimedia presentations)
Selected Retrospective, O.V.A.C., Amagabsett, NY, USA
The Peace Monument & Center, International Poster Center, New York City, U.S.A.
Homecoming, The Mohonk Arts, High Falls, NY, USA
Ashokan series, Red Eft Gallery, Wurtsboro, NY, USA
Paintings & multi-media, The Utopian Directions, Warwick, NY, USA
Personal Equilibrium: The Private Journals of Jan Sawka, Stevenson Library, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
"Jan Sawka. 1946 - 2012" exhibition at the National Museum in Krakow, Poland
Jan Sawka's artwork is in the following
public collections as of December 9, 1998.
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, USA
Art Museum, Lahti, Finland
The Art and Science Museum, Prague, Czech Republic
Bibliotheque Forney, Paris, France
Arvada Arts Center, Arvada, Colorado, USA
Bibliotheque Prince Albert (, Brussels, Belgium
Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Biblioteka Slaska, Katowice, Poland
Centre Nationale Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Chateau Musee, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
University of Connecticut Art Department, Storrs, CT,
Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum,New York, USA
Cooper Union Collection of Art, New York, USA
Croatian National Library, Zagreb, Croatia
Deutsche Plakatmuseum, Essen, Germany
Dansk Plakatmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
University of Delaware Library, Newark, DE, USA
De Paul University Museum, Chicago, IL, USA
Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Colorado State University Museum, Fort Collins, Co.,
Denver Museum of Art, Denver, Co., USA
Foundation Maeght, Saint Paul, France
Heritage Museum, Hong-Kong, China
Galerie Kunstsammlung, Cottbus, Germany
University of Iowa Library, Iowa City, IA, USA
City Museum, Gliwice, Poland
Israeli Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Jagiellonian University Museum, Cracow, Poland
Library of Congress, Washington, DC, USA
Kanazawa University Museum, Kanazawa City, Japan
Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
Cultural Foundation Abu Dhabi, UAE
Jan Koniarek Gallery, Trnava, Slovakia
Musee De L'Affiche, Paris, France
Musee Chaumont, Chaumont, France
Bibliotheque Grande Place, Grenoble, France
Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Musee d'Histoire Contemporaine, Paris, France
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan
The Terror House Museum (The Martyrology Museum), Budapest, Hungary
National Museum, Cracow, Poland
National Museum, Gdansk, Poland
National Museum, Poznan, Poland
National Museum, Warsaw, Poland
National Museum, Wroclaw, Poland
Die Neue Sammlung Museum, Munich, Germany
Niigata Perfectural Museum, Niigata, Japan
Ogaki Museum of Art, Ogaki, Japan
Plakatmuseum am Niederrhein, Emmerich, Germany
Pecsi Galeria, Pecs, Hungary
Muzeum Okregowe, Radom, Poland
Rex Foundation, San Rafael, CA, USA
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI,
SUNY College, Cortland, NY, USA
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY, USA
Muzeum Slaskie, Katowice, Poland
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Stu Theater Collection, Cracow, Poland
University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland
Warsaw Archidiocese Museum, Warsaw, Poland
Muzeum Plakatu, Warsaw, Poland
Striped House Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Toppan Printing Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Muzeum Miejskie, Zabrze, Poland
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Speaker and panelist, IBM Fellow, IDCA (International Design Conference, Aspen CO), United States Bicentennial, 1976
2-hour lecture, Art Department, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1983
Taught 1 day master class, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, 1984
2.5 hour lecture, Department of Design, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1986
Speaker, International Design Meetings, Aosta, Italy, 1988
Speaker, United States Information Agency’s Symposium titled “East Meets West,” Marshall University, Huntington, WV, 1988
Speaker, Occasion: Retrospective exhibition, State University of New York, New Paltz, 1989
Speaker, Occasion: Retrospective exhibition, State University New York, Cortland, NY, 1989
Taught 3 day master-class as Laureate at the International Poster Biennial held at the University of Colorado, Fort Collins, CO, 1990
Speaker, Occasion: Retrospective exhibition, State University New York, Oswego, 1990
Speaker, International Graphic Arts Biennial, Brno, Czechoslovakia, 1990
Speaker, Pokaz Gallery (Art Critics’ Gallery), Warsaw, Poland, 1990
Speaker, Fine Arts Academy, Poznan, Poland, 1990
Speaker, Occasion: Retrospective exhibition, National Museum of Art, Krakow, Poland, 1991
Speaker, Occasion: Retrospective exhibition, Poster Museum, Wilanow, Poland, 1991
2-day master-class, State University of New York, New Paltz, 1991
Taught 1-week long master-class at the University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland,
Speaker, Solo-exhibition at Recruit Institute’s Creation Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 1992
Frequent master-classes taught at the Guardian Garden Institute (for nurturing young artistic talents), Tokyo, Japan, 1994 – present
Speaker, Occasion: Polish Posters exhibition, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, 1996
Speaker, Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 1996
Master-lecture, Department of Architecture, The Polytechnic Institute, Wroclaw, Poland, 1996
Speaker, Occasion: Exhibition, The Municipal Museum, Zabrze, Poland, 1997
Speaker, Occasion: Exhibition, Municipal Art Center, Tarnow, Poland, 1997
Speaker, Occasion: Series of three Hudson-Valley exhibitions, Utopian Direction Gallery, Warwick, New York, 2011