Community. Engagement. Advocacy. Humor.
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.
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 War; The 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
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
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS
2012: Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape
The Studio Quilt, No.6: State of the Art
2010: Hand to Hand: 195 Artists Witness the Iraq War, Cecelia Kane, Blurb Publishing, p. 281 & 327
Unique Fiber Art… http://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
South East Fiber Art Alliance- Board of Directors
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