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"Thanks, Billie. I am already excited about what I am seeing coming out of some of the artists...and my own work is really benefitting from the personal connection. Stay tuned!!!"
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"Sounds fantastic! I have an invisible disability and I like the idea of crafts people sort of indirectly involving their disabilities in their work- I imagine the exhibition will stand up as an exciting body of work without the knowledge of the…"
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Invisible:VisAble Exhibition

Art can be a way to heal. Many artists privately face invisible medical and mental illness challenges that others are unaware of because they look, and act, absolutely normal. Some artists creatively tap into these challenges and give voice to them through a variety of mediums and styles. Invisible:VisAble, curated by artist Leisa Rich, is an art exhibition that features several artists whose art works are informed by their challenges. It is to be held in Atlanta in April, 2015 at Mason Fine…See More
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Invisible:VisAble Exhibition

Art can be a way to heal. Many artists privately face invisible medical and mental illness challenges that others are unaware of because they look, and act, absolutely normal. Some artists creatively tap into these challenges and give voice to them through a variety of mediums and styles. Invisible:VisAble, curated by artist Leisa Rich, is an art exhibition that features several artists whose art works are informed by their challenges. It is to be held in Atlanta in April, 2015 at Mason Fine…See More
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Invisible:VisAble Exhibition

Art can be a way to heal. Many artists privately face invisible medical and mental illness challenges that others are unaware of because they look, and act, absolutely normal. Some artists creatively tap into these challenges and give voice to them through a variety of mediums and styles. Invisible:VisAble, curated by artist Leisa Rich, is an art exhibition that features several artists whose art works are informed by their challenges. It is to be held in Atlanta in April, 2015 at Mason Fine…See More
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"The pillow forms are so wonderful! And thanks for the explanation about the ear connection....great!"
Nov 17
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"Leisa,  Thanks for connecting.  No, the ear is not medical. . .this piece is about (and for) my son, Ky.  It is specifically about how I have been able to experience the world through him:  his interest in magnifying glasses to…"
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Sweet Memory of Why [For Ky] (detail)

"Is the ear there for a medical reason? I ask, as I am deaf in my right ear, hard of hearing in the other....I am working on a lot of ear works recently for the Invisible:VisAble exhibition I am curating. LOVE this piece!"
Nov 16
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Atlanta, Georgia U.S.A.
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http://www.monaleisa.com

Bio, Artist Statement, Short Resume

 

Personal Information

 

Leisa Rich is a sculptor and artist who employs 3D printing, fiber, surface design, hand and machine stitching, obtainium and a variety of other unusual techniques and materials in her 2D and 3D constructions and Installations. She is an art educator with 39 years experience teaching all levels, and ages 3 year olds through university in Fibers, Painting/Drawing, Sculpture, Master/Artist Book Making, Basic Printmaking, Clay, Resin/Moulds, Sewing, Encaustic and more. She holds Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education in Art degrees. Leisa teaches in-studio classes and workshops, and at arts centers. Her previous experience includes designer for an international fashion house, projects for television and theatre, a successful wearable art business, Director of an art school and much more.

 

Artist Statement

 

Leisa Rich draws from fine art, fiber art and fine craft techniques to form her dimensional 2D, sculptural and installation works. She uses 3D printing and free-motion machine embroidery, a method of drawing and building texture using a sewing machine and thread, and hand embroidery, sewing, dyeing, resin, painting and more in pieces that explore the artificial -- materials manufactured and processed by humans -- to construct a pseudo-reality that is based on the unprocessed organic world and therefore, addresses our on-going manipulation of it.

 

Honors/Awards

 

Leisa exhibits in international and national, curated, juried and solo exhibitions. She was previously on the Board of Directors and Planning Committee for the non-profit arts center South East Fiber Arts Alliance, previous State Representative for the Surface Design Association-Georgia, is a member of arts organizations, has won several prestigious awards such as bestowments from The Barbara L. Kuhlman Foundation, the Distinguished Juror Award from The University of Texas, Surface Design Association Awards and more. Leisa was recently featured in the books, Mastering the Art of Embroidery, Noplaceness: Art in the Post-Urban Landscape; The Studio Quilt, No.6: State of the Art; Modern Sculpture; Hand to Hand: 195 Artists Witness the Iraq WarThe Best of America Sculpture Artists and Artisans, Volume 1 and Quilt National 2009 Lark Books, filmed by PBS for the series, “inCONTEXT” and featured in Artists to Watch in FiberArts magazine and more.

Her work is in the Dallas Museum of Art, in public collections of The University of North Texas and The University of Texas, in The Kamm Foundation collection and in private collections in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

 

EDUCATION

 

2007      Master of Fine Arts in Fibers, The University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

1993      Bachelor of Education in Art, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

1982      Bachelor of Fine Art in Fibers, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

SELECTED SOLO/ TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2012   Two person, Connecting the Dots, Spruill Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2010   Solo, Inconsistencies: Stitching Past to Present, Fine Arts Blount Space, Maryville, Tennessee

2009   Solo, Beauty From the Beast, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2005   Two person, beyond COLOR, The University of North Texas Union Gallery, Denton, Texas           

2001   Solo, Under the Surface- Recent Works by Leisa Rich, Focus Gallery, Irving Arts Center, Irving, Texas        

 

SELECTED GROUP/INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2014      Flight Path, Hartsfield Jackson ATL Airport, through April 2015

              World of Threads International, various locations, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

              (In)Organic, Racine Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

              New Fibers, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan

              Materials: Hard & Soft, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, Texas

              Triage, Fuse Art Center, Atlanta, GA

              Fiber Options, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, Maryland

2013      Object Object!, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, California

              UrbanFronts, AIA, installation with Sixfold Collective, Atlanta, Georgia

              Connecting Threads, LAX, Los Angeles, California

              National Fiber Directions 2013, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas

              Fantastic Fibers 2013, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky

              The Motherload Project, curator Lesli Robertson and Natalie Macellaio, Prescott College Art

              Gallery, Prescott, Arizona and on-line http://www.themotherload.org/

              Teapots! 7th Invitational, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

              Georgia Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, georgia

2012      Process and Practice, Beep Beep Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 

             Fibers, madison Morgan Cultural Center Gallery, Madison, Georgia

2011      Volusia Wrapped in Fiber, Gateway Center for the Arts, DeBary, Florida

             Little Things Mean A Lot, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

             Collective Thread, The University of central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri

2010      Fiberart International, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh,   Pennsylvania

             The Sculpted Wall, The Terminus Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2009      National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2009, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas

             Quilt National 2009, The Dairy Barn, Athens, Ohio

             Spotlight 2009, American Craft Council Exhibition, Kennesaw, Georgia  

2008      AAC Annual National Juried Exhibition, AAC Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

             Led By Thread, Target Gallery- Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Virginia

              Mining the Surface: New Sensibilities in Art Textiles, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, GA

 

SELECTED FEATURES- T.V, RADIO, INTERNET

 

2006/07   PBS, In Context, Featured Artist, Televised Interview

2005       Out of Site, www.gillensarmy.com/outofsite

2002       Alliance for American Quilts Association, Quilters S.O.S. Save Our Stories, Oral history

               Interview, www.centerforthequilt.org/qso

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS

 

2012:     Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape 

             The Studio Quilt, No.6: State of the Art  

             Modern Sculpture

2010:     Hand to Hand: 195 Artists Witness the Iraq War, Cecelia Kane, Blurb                        Publishing, p. 281 & 327

             Unique Fiber Arthttp://artofday.com/wordpress/?tag=leisa-rich

             Sweet Station Leisa Rich http://sweet-station.com/blog/2010/06/leisa-rich/

             Threads of Reconnection  http://artslammagazine.com/?p=6994

2009:     Quilt National 2009, Lark Books, p.49

             Artist Leisa Rich Gets to the Root of the Problem, Cinque Hicks

              http://clatl.com/atlanta/artist-leisa-rich-gets-to-the-root-of-the-problem/Content?oid=1281230

2008:     Best of America Sculpture Artists and Artisans, Volume 1, Kennedy Publishing, p.85

             Visual Arts review, Atlanta Journal Constitution, August 28, 2008, section H10

 

AWARDS

 

2008      Second Place Award, Atlanta Artist Center National Juried Exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia

2007      Distinguished Jury Award, Earth Matters,The University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas            

              Juror’s Award, Materials: Hard and Soft Exhibition, The Meadows Gallery-The Center for the

              Visual Arts, Denton, Texas

 

COLLECTIONS

 

The University of North Texas; The University of Texas- Pan American; private collections. List available upon request.

             

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Present     Self-Employed Art Educator

                 Travel-to-teach art educator

2008-13    GASP- Teacher (Art), The Galloway School, Atlanta, Georgia                      Teacher (Art), Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia

2007-09    Teaching Artist, The High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia

2005          Teaching Assistant in Fibers, The University of North Texas School of Visual Art, Denton, TX.

                  Teaching Assistant- Design 1,The University of North Texas School of Visual Art, Denton, TX.

2002-04     Director/Teacher, Art & Beyond School of Art for Children and Adults, Coppell, Texas

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Craft Council

Surface Design Association- State Rep (Georgia) 2008-2010

Sixfold Collective

South East Fiber Art Alliance- Board of Directors

Sculpture

 

 

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At 9:58pm on November 16, 2014, Leah Hardy said…

Leisa,  Thanks for connecting.  No, the ear is not medical. . .this piece is about (and for) my son, Ky.  It is specifically about how I have been able to experience the world through him:  his interest in magnifying glasses to inspect small things, for instance.  The vine growing out of the ear (which was literally sculpted while I observed his ear) references the story that children are told when they swallow a melon seed--that it will grow inside of them, and possibly out their ears.  Hope that clarifies! Leah

At 12:28pm on February 25, 2014, Glen Guarino said…

Please look at our call for our next online Crafthaus show, A Midsummer Day's Dream.

Please take a look at the call & we hope you will consider emailing a submission

http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/a-midsummer-day-s-dream

 

Best Regards,

Glen & Marie

At 11:35am on February 16, 2014, L. Sue Szabo said…

thanks lisa- love your work.  you have a fantastic color sense.

At 12:31pm on September 26, 2013, Geryn Roche said…

Nice to meet you!  Glad you like my work and I am totally digging yours too!  I see you are a UNT graduate as well, awesome!

At 7:55am on September 16, 2013, Kimberly Nogueira said…

sorry for the misspelling-- i mean Leisa!

At 7:54am on September 16, 2013, Kimberly Nogueira said…

it's so nice to meet you Lisa, your work is incredible!

At 7:25pm on July 24, 2013, Alisha Low said…

Thank you!

If you know anyone around the New England area who might be interested in coming please feel free to share the event :]

At 11:04am on April 19, 2013, Ryder Richards said…

Lisa, thanks for the invitation, sorry for the delayed response. 

At 5:28pm on November 8, 2012, Teresa Perry said…

Hi Lisa! Thanks for the invite to connect and your kind words about my work! Your installations are so colorful and just amazing.

At 11:30am on November 6, 2012, nisa blackmon said…

Believe me, I do already!  (mix fibers in with my work)  Hoping to work this summer on a series of figurative hybrid doll-forms -- traditional textile materials mostly, with found and fabricated objects glommed on.

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Seeking an artist for an exhibition on Invisible Disabilities in Atlanta "Invisible: VisAble" curated by Leisa Rich

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 1:47pm 1 Comment

I am the curator of a wonderful exhibition on "hidden" or Invisible Disabilities, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia in April 2015, at Mason Murer Gallery. It is sponsored by VSA, the arts for disabilities in Atlanta. Artists so far are from Canada, the U.S. and South Africa. This is going to be an amazing opportunity for artists to showcase work about physical and mental challenges they face, and that most people do not think about!

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1) The art work MUST in some way…

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Artistic Genealogy: Charting Your Creative Journey

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Where does your unique voice come from? How does your artwork connect with your viewers? Could your past hold half-buried clues for a richer creative future?

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