Sanda Iliescu

  • Selected Works

    Recovery 7D, 2012
    Watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 inches

    Recovery 3D Storm over the Mountains, 2012
    Watercolor on paper, 22 x 30″

  • Past LYDM Exhibitions

    Picasso, Lydia and Friends* Vol. 3
    *William Bennett, Anne Chesnut, Dean Dass, Rosemarie Fiore, Sanda Iliescu, David Summers, Russ Warren

    26 August – 25 September 2016

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    Picasso, Lydia, and Friends* 2014
    *William Bennett, Anne Chesnut, Dean Dass, Sanda Iliescu, David Summers and Russ Warren

    5 September – 5 October 2014

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    Picasso, Lydia and Friends
    31 August – 30 September 2012

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  • Biography

    Sanda Iliescu’s practice spans the media of painting, drawing, and collage.  Outside the studio, she makes murals and installations, some with students at the University of Virginia, where she is Associate Professor of Art and Design.

    Born in Romania, Iliescu received her BSE in Civil Engineering and M.Arch in Architecture, both from Princeton University. Her professional awards include The Rome Prize, a McDowell fellowship in painting and The Distinguished Artist Award of the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. Scholarly writing on Iliescu’s artwork include essays by Carmen Bambach, Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Paul Barolsky, Commonwealth Professor of Art History at the University of Virginia.

    Writing on aesthetic issues in art and design is an important part of Iliescu’s practice. Her book The Hand and the Soul: aesthetics and ethics in architecture and art was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2009.  Iliescu’s other essays include “The Garden as Collage” (Studies in the History of Gardens and Landscape Design, fall 2007), “Beyond Cut-And-Paste” (Places: Forum of Design for the Public Realm, spring 2008), and “Laocoön” (City Secrets: Rome, Robert Kahn, ed., spring 2011).

  • Curriculum Vitae


    Associate Professor with Tenure
    The University of Virginia, School of Architecture and Department of Art


    Princeton University: Master of Architecture / AIA medal, 1986

    Princeton University: B.S.E. in Civil Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, 1982


    Art on Paper, March 2015

    International Art Fair—NYC/ Partner The Brooklyn Museum Group show co-sponsored by Gallery Molly Krom, NYC Exhibited “Addresses Unknown” drawings and collages, Jan. 2015 Sept / Oct. 2014 Sept / Oct. 2014

    Twenty, Group show, Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, May 2014

    Solo show, Gallery Molly Krom, NYC
    Exhibited “Birds,” the 2014 “Estelle” series, and “Trash-Bag Tree II”

    Picasso, Lydia and Friends, Group show, Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, VA Exhibited “Song for Sol—nos. 1 and 9,” “RECOVER (D3)” and “KITCHEN TABLE COLLAGES”, April 2014

    The Apartment, Group exhibit sponsored by The Line, 76 Greene Street, NYC Exhibited “KITCHEN TABLE COLLAGES”, Dec. 2013 

    Women With Means: Collages by Elise Church and Sanda IliescuTwo-women show at Cutlog International Art Fair Sponsor: Gallery Molly Krom,, April 2014

    Flights of Love: Sanda Iliescu, Katerina Marcelja, Klaudia Stoll, Three-women show at Gallery Molly Krom, NYC Exhibited “ARES & APHRODITE” paintings, Dec. 2013

    The Hiding Places are (Utterly) Empty, Group show at Gallery Molly Krom, NYC, May 2014

    Art by Architects: Knowing How to See, Juried exhibit curated by Marvin J. Malecha & Michael Bednar Virginia Center for Architecture, Richmond, VA, April-July 2013

    A New Natural History, Group exhibit, Ruffin Hall Gallery, UVa Fine Arts Department, Oct. 2012

    Picasso, Lydia and Friends
    A show celebrating the launch of the Lydia Csato Gasman Archive Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
    Exhibited three “RECOVER” paintings, Sept. 2012

    Vagabond Artists, The Affordable Art Fair, Milan, Italy
    Sponsored by Vagabond Gallery Exhibited “ARES & APHRODITE” series, Feb. 2011

    Delineate, Invitational group show: McMaster Gallery, The University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, Oct. 2010

    Medium & Mystery: Gasman, Grant, Iliescu, Tarbell, Group show: Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, VA Exhibited “LOOPY LINES WITH YELLOW” and “SWALLOWS”, Sept. – Oct.2010

    Past Meets Present, Group exhibit, Ruffin Gallery, UVa Fine Arts Department, June 2010

    Solo show: The Dean’ s Gallery, School of Architecture, UV A, Nov. 2009 / Jan. 2010

    Are You Sorry for Women? Three-artists show: Laurel Housler, Sanda Iliescu, Catherine Welshman Vagabond Gallery, NYC, Oct.-Nov. 2009

    Verge Art Fair, Miami Beach, Miami, FL Sponsor: Vagabond Gallery, Dec. 2009

    AAF Amsterdam, Affordable Art Fair: Amsterdam, Holland Sponsor: Vagabond Gallery, Oct. – Nov. 2009

    The Hand and the Soul: LeWitt, Slutzky, Iliescu, The University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA, Feb.-April 2009

    Sanda Iliescu: Recent Work, Solo show: The Rowan University Gallery, Glassboro, NJ Curator: Katherine McFadden, gallery director, Nov. 2008

    Bridge Art Fair: Berlin, 2008 Group show with Vagabond Gallery, Oct. – Nov. 2008

    Solo show, Kitchen Table Collages, : Deborah Berke Gallery, NYC, March 2008

    Psychoanalysis and Art, part III: Collector’s Issues, Group show, Vagabond Gallery, NYC, April 2007

    Paintings and Collages for the National Cancer Survivors’ Day, Group show sponsored by Maimonides Hospital, Brooklyn, NY, Spring 2007

    Group show at Art Basel—Miami (with Vagabond Gallery) Collage, Dec. 2006

    Group show: Chashama Arts Organization, NYC Mirror, Mirror, Oct. 2006

    Group show, The Greene County Arts Council, Catskill, NY, May 2006

    Clothes in Art, Two-artists show, Vagabond Gallery, NYC, Dec. 2005

    Janus, Group show, Fendi, NYC
    Sponsored by Fendi and The American Academy in Rome, Nov. 2005

    Face to Face, Group show, Amarcord Gallery, Beacon, NY,  May 2003

    Collages from Rome, Solo show, Amarcord Gallery, Beacon, NY, Collages from Rome,

    The Difficult Dialogue, Exhibit at UVA School of Architecture, Charlottesville, VA In conjunction with Ethics & Aesthetics symposium,  April 2002

    Charlottesville Lines, Solo show, Elmaleh Gallery, The University of Virginia, March 2001

    Drawings, Solo show, Ballinger Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 2000

    Artists / Architects, Group show, The Gallery at Bristol Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ, July 1997

    Landscapes, Solo show, The W.P.A. Gallery, Princeton, NJ  Feb. 1997

    Timeline, Solo show, Storrs Gallery, UNCC, Charlotte, NC, Oct. 1996

    Window for a Red Swallow, Group show, Aida Gallery and Habitat for Humanity, Charlotte, NC, Aug. 1996.

    Annual Show at the American Academy in Rome, Aug. 1996

    Group show, AAR, Rome, Italy, May 1995

    Twines, Solo show, Storrs Gallery, The University of NC at Charlotte, March 1994

    Shelter, Annual invitational group show, The WPA Gallery, Princeton, NJ Sponsor: The Arts Council of Princeton, Dec. 1993

    Tristele, One-woman show, The WPA Gallery, Princeton, NJ, May 1993

    Origins, Installations by three artists, Prallsville Mill Gallery, Stockton, NJ, Oct. 1992

    Small Works, Juried group show, The WPA Gallery, Princeton, NJ, 1992

    The New Jersey State Council on the Arts Exhibition, Group show, The Gallery at Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Princeton, NJ, 1991


  • Books, Articles & Reviews


    Phoebe Crisman
    Published in Souvenir-Nostalgia / Room One Thousand / Issue 02, January 2014


    Paul Barolsky
    Commonwealth Professor of Art History, The University of Virginia

    March 2011

    Sanda Iliescu, The Hand and the Soul: aesthetics and ethics in architecture and art,  University of Virginia Press, 2009. 

    Sanda Iliescu,  “The Garden as Collage” (Studies in the History of Gardens and Landscape Design, fall 2007),

    Sanda Iliescu,  “Beyond Cut-And-Paste” (Places: Forum of Design for the Public Realm, spring 2008).

    Sanda Iliescu, “Laocoön” (City Secrets: Rome, Robert Kahn, ed., spring 2011).

    “Twelve Years in the Life of Sanda Iliescu”

    Paul Barolsky, Commonwealth Professor of Art History, UVA

    “Sanda Iliescu: Paintings, Drawings, Collages”

    Gallery Molly Krom art catalog

    “A Forest of Flights:
    Looking Beyond Flowers, Birds, and Trees with Sanda Iliescu”, Essay by Gretchen Henderson, commissioned by Gallery Molly Krom in conjunction with exhibit Sanda Iliescu: in the garden of (plastic) Paradise

    “Reflections on a Drawing by Sanda Iliescu” spring 2014 Essay by Phoebe Crisman in Souvenir-Nostalgia: Room 1000, Issue 2,
    UC Berkley: Journal of the College of Environmental Design, pp. 159-162

    “Cutlog 2014” The Wall Street Journal International,Published collage titled “Kitchen Table Collage: Phoebe, no. 9”

    “The Apartment” On-line publication by The Line, NYC Published six “Kitchen Table Collages”, May 8 – 11, 2014

    April 24, 2013“UVA Architecture Students Create ‘American Flag’ Art”

    Robert Hull, UVA Today, “Architecture School’s “un-Painting” Project is a Lesson in Public Art”

    Jane Ford, UVA Today

    “Lines of Darkness & Light: Veiling of the Rotunda as Communal Act” A. J. Artemel, The Declaration, UVA student newspaper Day of Dialogue at UVA

    Radio interview with Sandy Houseman, WVTF / NPR

    “The Hand and the Soul: LeWitt, Slutzky, Iliescu”, Jane Ford, UVA Today, Oct. 5, 2011

    Sept. 30, 2010 Sept.21, 2010 Jan. 2009

    “Faculty, Students and Artists Work to Align ‘The Hand and the Soul’” Jan. 2009 Derry Wade, UVA Today


    July 27, 2008 Oct. 19, 2006

    October 2006 September 2006

    Spring 2006 Sept. 23, 2005

    July 2002

    Sept. 25, 2010

    Sept. 24, 2010

    Sept. 20, 2010

    Sept. 23, 2010

    Sept. 18, 2005

    Sept. 15, 2005

    Sept. 14, 2005

    spring 2004

    Oct. 1996

    Dec. 5, 1993

    April 12, 1993

    July 28, 1991

    Jan. 1991

    “The Fun Bus”
    Jane Ford, UVA Today . July 17, 2008

    “Get on the Bus”
    David Maurer, Charlottesville: The Daily Progress,  July 17, 2008

    “Flying High”Charlottesville: The Daily Progress
    Article on Sixteen Silos, Sixteen Shades of Yellow,
    a collaborative public art project by Iliescu and Phoebe Crisman, Oct. 19, 2006

    “Public Art Project:
    UVA Professors Celebrate Money Point Clean-Up Plan”, October 2006

    Inside UVA, vol. 36, no. 16 (Sixteen Silos, Sixteen Shades of Yellow), “Faculty Members Collaborate on Public Art Project: High Above the Elizabeth River”, September 2006 Engaging the Mind (Sixteen Silos, Sixteen Shades of Yellow), 

    “The Self-portraits of Sanda Iliescu: an interface”K. William Fried, Lunch, Volume 1, UVA School of Architecture, Spring 2006

    “Beta Bridge Art Project Counters Intolerance” Jane Ford, Inside UVA, Sept. 23, 2005

    “Iliescu’s Art is Metaphor for Democracy” Jane Ford, Inside UVA, July 2002

    “UVa Slaying prompts campus safety talks” The Washington Post, Sept. 25, 2010

    “Death Spurs Day of Dialogue at UVA” The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Sept. 24, 2010

    “The University Prepares for Day of Dialogue” The Cavalier Daily, Charlottesville, VA“UVA Set for Day of Dialogue”, Sept. 20, 2010

    Brian McNeill, The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA “Interview on Beta Bridge”, Sept. 23, 2010

    Carlos Santos, The Richmond Times Dispatch “University Students Make Statement on Beta Bridge”, Sept. 18, 2005

    Melanie Meyhew, The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA “Four Score…”, Sept. 15, 2005

    Sam Stoller, The Cavalier Daily, Charlottesville, VA “Between Ethics and Aesthetics”, Sept. 14, 2005

    Explorations: Research Highlights from the University of Virginia“,Seminar Instructor of the Year”, spring 2004

    Brian Brooks, The Post & Lintel, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC “Making Her Own Space: Refugee, Homeless Student, UNCC Teacher” , Oct. 1996

    Richard Maschal, The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC “Rome Prize Winners are Announced”, April 12, 1993

    The New York Times, “Creations by Fellowship Winners” Vivien Raynor, The New York Times, July 28, 1991

    “A Ten Story Office Tower in Ridgefield Park, NJ”
    Progressive Architecture, Cleveland OH: Penton Publishing Inc.
    This ten-story office tower is the corporate headquarters of Samsung America. Design director Terry Steelman and Iliescu worked on this award-winning project at The Hillier Group in Princeton, NJ., pp. 108-109, Jan. 1991