Solo Exhibitions

Gross McCleaf Gallery
Philadelphia, PA 2010

List Gallery Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA 2009

Douglas Dawson Gallery
Chicago, IL 2008

Schmidt Dean Gallery
Philadelphia, PA 2004, 2002, 2000, 1997, 1993

Dolphin Gallery
Kansas City, MO 2001

University of Missouri Art Gallery
Kansas City, MO 2000

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Montgomery, AL 1998

Contemporary Crafts Gallery
Portland, OR 1995

Helen Drutt Gallery
New York, NY 1990

Eve Mannes Gallery
Atlanta, GA 1984

Miller Brown Gallery
San Francisco, CA 1983

Helen Drutt Gallery
Philadelphia, PA 1983

Nexus Gallery
Philadelphia, PA 1980, 1979, 1978

Selected Group Exhibitions

Tenth Textile Biennial: Objects Drawing Translations
Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Spring 2016

Members Exhibition
Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2016, 2014, 2012

Concept & Materials: Philadelphia Textile Masters
Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Fall 2015

Innovators and Legends
Traveling exhibition opening November 2012 at the Muskegon Museum of Art, followed by the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, the University of Kentucky and Colorado State University in 2014
Figge Art Museum, 2015

Art From America
The State Hermitage Museum
St. Petersburg, Russia

Contemporary Art
James A. Michener Art Museum
Doylestown, PA 2013

Flirting With Abstractions
Woodmere Art Museum
Philadelphia, PA, 2012

Abstract Invitational
The Gallery at Delaware County Community College
Media, PA 2009

The Reading Public Museum
Reading, PA 2008

Hot House: Expanding the field of Fiber at
Cranbrook 1970-2007

Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum
Bloomfield Hills, MI 2007

International Fiber Biennial
Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia, PA
2014, 2012, 2008

Precious Possessions: the American Craft Collection
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA 2008

Sixty by Sixty
Community Arts Center, Wallingford Arts Center
Wallingford, PA 2008

Recent Acquisitions: Prints and Drawings from
Dürer to Doig

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA 2006

Gallery Artists
Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MO 2005

Crafting a Legacy
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA 2003

Ballinglen Fellows
Wallingford Art Center, Wallingford, PA 2003

The Daphne Farago Fiber Art Collection
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 2002

Gallery Artists
Gail Martin Gallery, New York, NY 2001

Miniatures: 2000
Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland 2000

Artists Choose Artists
Peter Joseph Gallery, New York, NY 1996

KPMG Peat Marwick Collection of American Art
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington, DC 1994

International Shibori Invitational
Nagoya, Japan 1992

Art Against AIDS
The Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, PA 1987

Twentieth Century Textile Techniques
The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA 1987

Poetry of the Physical
Inaugural Exhibition, American Craft Museum,
New York, NY 1986


Art Institute of Chicago, Textile Arts Society
Chicago, IL, 2015

Penland School of Crafts
Penland, NC Summer 2015

Surface Design Quilt Symposium
Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, 2008

Center For Creative Growth
Oakland CA, 2006, 2005

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Deer Isle, ME, 2013, 2005

Tyler School of Art
Philadelphia, PA, 2004, 1993, 1991, 1980

Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, MA, 2002

Massachusetts College of Art
Boston, MA, 2002, 1984

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA 2002

Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas City, MO 2001, 1995

Parsons School of Design
New York, NY 2000

Korean International Institute of Design and Packaging
Seoul, Korea 1998, 1997

Hong-IK University
Seoul, Korea 1997

Yale University
New Haven, CT 1989

Wadsworth Athenaeum
Hartford, CT 1987

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Philadelphia, PA 1985

Selected Bibliography

Hemmings, Jessica. His Dark Materials,
Embroidery Magazine, September 2009

Packard, Andrea. Michael Olszewski,
List Gallery Catalog Essay, 2008

Sozanski, Edward. The Grays Have It, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 24, 2004

McCann, Kathleen. Ireland in Thread, Surface Design, Summer 2004

Weltge, Sigrid Wortman. Mood Message Marks, American Craft Magazine, October/November 2003

Sozanski, Edward. Ireland In Gray, The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 8, 2002

Ramljak, Suzanne. Crafting A Legacy, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2002

Pollen, Jason. Michael Olszewski-University of Missouri, Surface Design Journal, Summer 2001

Pollen, Jason. Two Steps Forward, Surface Design Journal, Winter 2000

Sterk, Beatrijs. Exhibitions, Ein Textile Forum, September 2000

Sozanski, Edward. Elegant Arrangements In Gray and Black, The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 28, 2000

Thomas, Mary. Bridge V: Energy and Tranquility,
Fiberarts, 1999

Scott, Bill. Michael Olszewski at Schmidt Dean,
Art In America, April 1994

Orban, Nancy. Surface Designers Art, 1993

Colchester, Chloe. The New Textiles: Trends and Traditions, New York: Rizzoli International 1991,
Fig. 179

Smith, Paul J. American Craft Today: The Poetry of the Physical, American Craft Museum, 1986

Selected Public and Private Collections

Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore, MD

The State Hermitage Museum
St. Petersburg, Russia

Racine Art Museum
Racine, WI

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts;
Montgomery, AL

Museum of Arts and Design
New York, NY

Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, MA

Muskegon Museum of Art
Muskegon, MI

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington, D.C.

Philadelphia, PA

Barbara and Ted Aronson
Philadelphia, PA

Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll
Philadelphia, PA

Ballinglen Foundation
Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland

Nancy and David Bergman
Philadeliphia, PA

Cigna Corp.
Philadelphia, PA

Tom Cullen, Martin McNamara
Philadelphia, PA

Kimberly Davenport
Houston, Texas

Douglas Dawson and Wally Bowling
Chicago, IL

Helen Drutt
Philadelphia, PA

Daphne Farrago
Florida, Rhode Island

Hogarth Bank
Dalton, GA

Atlanta, GA and Greenville, NC

Carl Guckelberger
Philidelphia, PA

Gerard Jarosinski
Hayesville, NC

Janet and Robert Kardon
New York, NY

Linda and Jim Paul
Kansas City, MO

Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA

Schmidt Dean,
Philadelphia, PA

Carl Steele Associates
Philadelphia, PA

Jim Trachtenberg and Kathryn Miller
Philadelphia, PA

Teller Collection
New York, NY

Magda Vitale
Philadelphia, PA

Wells Fargo Inc.
San Francisco, CA

Fifi White
Berkeley, CA

Elizabeth and Marc Wilson
Platte City, MO

Wills Eye Hospital
Philadelphia, PA