FACULTY> AMANDA LECHNER
Assistant Professor, Studio Art
Office: Art and Design Learning Center
Amanda Lechner’s studio practice is centered around drawing and painting. Her egg tempera paintings, ink drawings and installations envision and enact moments of experimentation and discovery. She utilizes traditional and from-scratch processes matched with ideas offered by quantum physics, alchemy and science-fiction to inform her image-making. Lechner’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Standard Space in Sharon, CT and Axle Contemporary in Santa Fe, NM.
Lechner’s other creative endeavors have included organizing group exhibitions, studio visits and materials workshops. As a NASA – JPL Solar System Ambassador volunteer she has created programming that looks to bridge Art and Science.
Previous to her position at Virginia Tech, Lechner held positions teaching painting, drawing and foundations at Indiana University, University of Iowa and SUNY Purchase College. She attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2018 and has been an Artist in Residence at the Penland School of Crafts and the Wassaic Project in New York. Lechner received a BFA in painting at the Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design.