Robert I. Najlis

Academic and Professional Honors and Fellowships

2021 China-U.S. Scholars Program

2019 Fulbright Scholarship

2017 Collaborative Aggregates Art Scholarship 2017 UMass Dartmouth Alumni Scholarship 2017 Ayuko Ito Scholarship

2017 David & Alfreda Myerson Scholarship


2017 Man Jiang Hong Contemporary Art Space, Xi’an, China

Selected Exhibitions:

2023 9th Silk Road International Art Exhibition, Xi’an China

2023 Chicago Fine Art Salon, Abstraction, Chicago, IL

2023 Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Abrazo Show, Portland, OR

2022 Hilliard Gallery, Contemporary Abstraction, Kansas City, MO

2022 Argyle Zebra Gallery, Cultivating the Creative, St. Paul, MN

2021 Selected by invitation for permanent exhibition in the Arc of Justice Atrium at the University of Massachusetts School of Law

2021 Esperanto Gallery, Markham, Ontario, Canada, Papier Exhibition

2019 Silk Road International Arts Festival, Xi’an, China 2019 Crapo Gallery, New Bedford, MA

2019 Abigail Ogilvy, Fresh Faces, Boston, MA

2018 Lu Gallery, Xi’an, China (Solo)

2018 Deedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA

2018 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Main Gallery

2018 Spectra Art Space, Denver, CO

2017 American Coastal Gallery, New Bedford, MA (Solo)

2017 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Gallery 244, Small Works Show

2016 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Gallery 244, Glimpse Show

Professional Teaching Experience:

2023 Painting, Topics and Theory (online) University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

2022, Guest Lecturer, Rutgers University Camden, with Prof. Margery Amdur

2022, Guest Lecturer, Rutgers University Camden, Imaginative Drawing with Prof. Stanislav Shpanin

2019, Composition and Color, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA

2019, Instructor, Painting: Idea, Image, Process , University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 

2016 – 2018, Instructor, Structural Drawing, Figure Drawing, UMass Dartmouth

2017 Assistant Instructor, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’an China 2018 Guest Instructor, Painting: Color Form and Space, with Prof. Bryan McFarlane 2017 Visiting Lecturer, Painting IV, with Prof. Anthony Fisher

2017 Guest Instructor, Imaginative Drawing, with Prof. Bryan McFarlane

2017 Guest Instructor, Painting III, with Prof. Bryan McFarlane

Art Publications

2023 Color Movement Theory (

2021 Color Relativity, Volume 1 (

Shifting Space: Manipulating the Picture Place (Expected first half of 2022)

Understanding Color and Editing in Photoshop (Expected first half of 2022)

Featured Articles in Publications:

2023 South Coast Today, Art Beat: Atrium at UMass Law

2019 SouthCoast Today

2019 Patch Media

2017 SouthCoast Today

2015 L’Art en Loire, Featured Artist 2014, Interciencia, Featured Artist


University of Massachusetts School of Law

President, Western New England University

Lu Gallery, Xi’an China

Man Jiang Hong Contemporary Art Space, Xi’an, China

Private Collections in USA (MA, NYC, NJ, VA, MN, FL), Canada, China, and Argentina


2016 – 2019 University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

Master of Fine Arts in Painting

Other Art Education:

Art Students League of New York, New York, NY

Abstract Painting and Composition with Frank O’Cain Figure Drawing with Michael Burban

Figure Drawing and Anatomy with Frank Porcu Printmaking with Richard Pantell

New York Art Academy New York, NY

Figure sculpture/Ecorche with John Horn

Corcoran College of Art and Design Washington, D.C.

Figure Drawing and Painting with Tom Morris Academic Figure Painting with Natasha Mokina Painting with Bill Newman

Color Theory with Anita Hinders

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Oil Painting

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Painting, Figure Drawing

Other Education

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Master of Science in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science

National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

Advanced written and spoken modern Mandarin Chinese, classical Chinese.

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Bachelor of Arts, Comparative Knowledge Traditions


English (native), Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish

Other Publications (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Related)

Book Chapters

Najlis, Robert, Marco Janssen, and Dawn Parker, 2002. “Software Tools and Communication Issues.” In: Meeting the Challenge of Complexity: Proceedings of the Special Workshop on Agent-Based Models of Land-Use/Land-Cover Change, eds. Dawn C. Parker, Thomas Berger, and Steven M. Manson. CIPEC Collaborative Report No. 3. Bloomington: Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change, Indiana University; Santa Barbara: Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science, University of California.

Available in a condensed form as:

Thomas Berger, Michael Goodchild, Marco A. Janssen, Steven M. Manson, Robert Najlis, and Dawn C. Parker, 2002. “Methodological Considerations For Agent-Based Modeling of Land-Use and Land- Cover Change.” In: Agent-Based Models of Land-Use/Land-Cover Change: Report and Review of an International Workshop, October 4-7, 2001, Irvine, California USA. Dawn C. Parker, Thomas Berger, and Steven M. Manson, eds. LUCC Report Series, No. 6. Bloomington, Ind.: Focus 1 Office of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change, Indiana University.

Conference Publications

Robert Najlis and Michael North, 2005. “Repast Vector GIS integration” North American Association for Computational Social and Organization Science, South Bend, IN June 26-28

Robert Najlis and Michael North, 2004. “Repast For GIS” The Agent 2004 Conference on: Social Dynamics: Interaction, Reflexivity, and Emergence, Chicago, Ill, Oct 7-9.

Michael. North, N. Collier, J.R. Vos, R. Najlis, and W. Maciorowski, 2004. “The Repast Revolution: An Overview of New Repast Developments” The Agent 2004 Conference on: Social Dynamics: Interaction, Reflexivity, and Emergence, Chicago, Ill, Oct 7-9.

Parker, Dawn C., and Robert Najlis. 2003. Using Multi-Agent System Models to Link Spatial Externalities and Landscape Fragmentation: A `Pseudo-Inductive’ Analysis. Presented at the international conference “Framing Land Use Dynamics: Integrating Knowledge on Spatial Dynamics in Socio-Economic and Environmental Systems for Spatial Planning in Western Urbanized Countries,” Utrecht University, The Netherlands, April 16-18.

Massoud Moussavi and Robert Najlis, 2001. “Assessing the Effectiveness of LSI in Approaching the Intention of a User’s Query,” in Proceedings: 14th Annual International Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Symposium, FLAIRS-2001, Key West, Florida, May 21-23.