Theodore Tihansky, known as Ted to his friends, is Director of Art at the Eleven Eleven Foundation and is passionate about our mission to empower trauma survivors with healing through art. He is a contemporary American painter with an ambition to help individuals overcome their life challenges through the beauty and practice of art.
Throughout his 20+ years as an artist, Ted has found relief from depression and hopelessness through his art work. It has helped him to both find peace and learn more about himself. He has also recognized the transformation that art has brought to disabled and grief-stricken students who have responded to the purpose given to them by art.
In describing his own work, Tihansky says:
“My work is a diary of my life. My paintings, sculpture, and jewelry are the end products… What is important to me are the moments and experiences that I have because of my work. The people I meet and the things I do are for a reason.”
Ted’s career has spanned decades. He has received formal artist training from multiple, renowned institutions including the Art Students League in New York City, Lyme Academy of Fine Art and Paier College of Art in Connecticut.
He has also studied under internationally recognized artists, such as landscape painter Don Stone, and portraitists Aaron Shikler, Ronald Sherr, and Harvey Dinnerstein.
Ted has traveled the United States and parts of Europe including France and the Czech Republic. He spent ten years on Mohegan Island in Maine. It was here that he had the unique opportunity to work as a lobster boat stern man and to paint vivid artworks of the island’s landscapes. Being twelve miles from the mainland, Ted was able to develop both his spirit and soul and recognize the healing benefits of his art.
Over the years, Ted has had his work shown in numerous art collections including those at Yale University, University of Rhode Island, the Naval War College in Newport, Cosmos Club in Washington D.C. and New York City’s Union League Club. In 1991, he was awarded the John Stobart Landscape Fellowship which led to his work being shown at the Lyme Academy Fine Art Gallery.
His talent and efforts have been recognized with numerous rewards and features in a variety of publications including the New York Times, National Geographic and World Traveler Magazine.
In November 1995, Ted opened the Theodore Tihansky Fine Art & Performance Gallery on Franklin Street in Newport, Rhode Island. It was here that he held his “Collaboration of the Arts” production that received worldwide recognition.
Ted has taught art at the South County Art Association in Rhode Island and held private classes in Newport. Currently, he is teaching classes at the Center for the Arts in Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania which is an up and coming cultural center full of life and healing. He will also be teaching at the Lincoln Street School Center for the Arts in Rockland, Maine.
Ted’s notable works include:
- Collection of urban paintings for a show during his artist’s residency at “Art Works” in Rochester, New York.
- A large painting for JEWEL, the alternative fold singer, which now hangs in her home in Texas.
- His “one man shows” in the prestigious Union League Club located on 37th Street and Park Avenue in New York.
- Various portrait commissions including: Robert Venditto, President of the Providence Art Club; The late Dr. Theodore Eddy, former President of Rhode Island College; Rear Admiral Retired Joseph Strasser, former President of the Naval War College; Joan Forsberg, Dean of Yale Divinity School; Janet Ryder, Director of Special Events at the Union League Club.