Andy Calkiewicz got his start in academics at the Rhode Island School of Design where he majored in Art History & Visual Culture. Following this he attended Columbia University for his Master’s Degree, which he received with a major in Art History. While at Columbia, Andy Calkiewicz focused on avant garde art movements, focusing specifically on Surrealism and Dadaism. His thesis was a thorough study of the history of the modern avant garde movement. Andy Calkiewicz has gone on to write several books on the importance of Surrealism and Dadaism to the modern art scene, published by various university presses. While at Columbia, Andy Calkiewicz also worked as a teacher’s assistant, and was beloved by the professor’s he worked under. This instilled in Andy Calkiewicz a drive and passion to pursue a life in academics. Immediately after receiving his master’s degree, he began work on his PhD in Art History, also at Columbia. Upon finishing his on-site PhD work, Andy Calkiewicz received a professorship at the New York University, where he specializes in teaching classes on the avant garde movement. Andy Calkiewicz is currently finishing up his dissertation for review, an extensive and in-depth look at the influence of Dadaism on modern advertising, and hopes upon receiving his PhD, to eventually receive tenure at NYU, continuing to enlighten young minds.
Andy Calkiewicz is not just an academic, however. He is also a noted lover of the arts, often frequenting the independent galleries of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Andy Calkiewicz is also a devoted family man, having recently brought into the world with his wife, Alexandra Calkiewicz a new-born son, Adam.