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Leisa Rich commented on Brigitte Martin's blog post 6 Photographers 6 Portraits
"That was really lovely. I almost didn't watch it, thinking "6 Photographers 6 Portraits" not being that interesting to ME...and the key here now that I have watched it, is the ME I was focussing on. I was already judging how I would…"
Nov 8
Leisa Rich added a discussion to the group Invisible:VisAble Exhibition

Invisible:visAble is up and is an amazing exhibition!!!!

Two years ago I was standing in a grocery store line. It was my turn to check out and the cashier said something to me that I didn’t hear, so I politely replied, Pardon? and she responded,“WHAT ARE ‘YA….DEAF OR SOMETHIN’?”Surrounded  (detail from the installation- whispers to you from under the ear...Never Mind, What are…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 October 30-November 27, 2015 at…See More
Sep 22
Inna Dzhanibekova liked Leisa Rich's discussion Coming up soon! Topic: Professionalism
Sep 12
Leisa Rich commented on Brigitte Martin's blog post Freddie Robins - Knitter
"WOW! I was unfamiliar with your work before and I absolutely am enamored of it now!!!! FABULOUS!"
Sep 8
Leisa Rich commented on Brigitte Martin's blog post Jon Eric Riis - Tapestry
"Goooo, Jon! A worthy talent! So nice to exhibit with you recently. I had never seen one of your works in person and they are absolutely meticulous. Congratulations on all of your success!"
Sep 8
Harriete Estel Berman replied to Leisa Rich's discussion Coming up soon! Topic: Professionalism in the group Invisible:VisAble Exhibition
"As Brigitte mentioned I have a lot of information on my website and ASK Harriete about shipping in addition to the program sponsored by the Professional Development SEminar about shipping sponsored at a past SNAG Conference. I will provide links…"
Sep 8
Leisa Rich replied to Leisa Rich's discussion Coming up soon! Topic: Professionalism in the group Invisible:VisAble Exhibition
"Oh, YES! I sent work -- two teeny boxes -- to Canada last year with the required "For Educational Purposes/being returned to the states paperwork and got slapped with $400 customs and brokers' fees. It will be a looooooong while before I…"
Sep 8
Leisa Rich replied to Leisa Rich's discussion Coming up soon! Topic: Professionalism in the group Invisible:VisAble Exhibition
"Thanks! That IS a great idea about everyone having to curate a show, isn't it....and if anyone blasts about it being the young and "inexperienced" artists who shirk the duties that come along with promoting and exhibiting work, I…"
Sep 8
Brigitte Martin replied to Leisa Rich's discussion Coming up soon! Topic: Professionalism in the group Invisible:VisAble Exhibition
"Boxing and shipping is fraught with disappointments, misunderstandings, inattention, and accidents. It's always a big risk. Let's not even talk international shipping. Some have tried to insure the work while on the road - and found out…"
Sep 8
Leisa Rich replied to Leisa Rich's discussion Coming up soon! Topic: Professionalism in the group Invisible:VisAble Exhibition
"So true! And on the other end, it is VERY frustrating for us artists when we send our work EXTREMELY well packed and protected, with instructions for repacking (and we aren't talking rocket science here) and the gallery/museum/curator/ etc…"
Sep 8
Shana Kohnstamm replied to Leisa Rich's discussion Coming up soon! Topic: Professionalism in the group Invisible:VisAble Exhibition
"And YOU are my rock star because of your preparedness & consideration! If artists only understood how much work goes in to these shows, especially when there is no gallery support or financial backing. I agree with Alice Simpson.. EVERY artist…"
Sep 8
Brigitte Martin replied to Leisa Rich's discussion Coming up soon! Topic: Professionalism in the group Invisible:VisAble Exhibition
"Another truly horrible aspect is when work arrives damaged due to faulty or non-existent wrapping/boxing/packaging of the artwork. The amount of times I received delicate, breakable work simply stuffed into a padded envelope and kissed good-bye is…"
Sep 8
Leisa Rich replied to Leisa Rich's discussion Coming up soon! Topic: Professionalism in the group Invisible:VisAble Exhibition
"To note for others: I am in Shana's exhibition of which she speaks. WHEN did I have MY stuff she required in, and my art delivered to her?! WAY before due! I may make the odd mistake, but I try to never infringe on hardworking art…"
Sep 8
Leisa Rich replied to Leisa Rich's discussion Coming up soon! Topic: Professionalism in the group Invisible:VisAble Exhibition
"Thank you!  "
Sep 8

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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.


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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.




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.




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



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        



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




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




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


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




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




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




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



American Craft Council

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

Sixfold Collective

South East Fiber Art Alliance- Board of Directors




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At 3:29pm on August 10, 2015, Shana Kohnstamm said…

Thanks for the warm welcome, Leisa! I'm still figuring out all the bells & whistles.

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



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 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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Arts with Invisible Disabilities- Challenge Informs Creativity in Invisible:VisAble Exhibition

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 6:37am 0 Comments

I am seeking some really great, positive artists whose art is informed by an "invisible" challenge. Are you an artist doing work conceptually inspired by epilepsy? Depression? Bipolar? Deafness? or? Do you know an artist who you might recommend?

The idea for this exhibition happened when my deafness -- the most challenging of my medical issues and something I pretended didn’t exist for most of my life -- began insinuating itself into my creative fiber art practice. I…


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!


1) The art work MUST in some way…


Artistic Genealogy: Charting Your Creative Journey

Posted on September 9, 2012 at 10:18am 0 Comments


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?

Join nationally known Atlanta artist Leisa Rich for a transformational workshop -- Artistic Genealogy: Charting Your Creative Journey, co-sponsored…


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