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LEIGH CRAVEN
 
Feigning Interest
Silkscreen 30"x22"

ARTIST'S STATEMENT
Our relationships are complex. What we project to the outside world may not be the reality of our inside world. But each of us exposes clues about our life and our relationships with the look of an eye, the expression of our mouth, our body language. We each expose ourselves in ways we may not have realized. And simultaneously, we clothe ourselves in deceptive guises as means of protection. Portraiture opens the door to the sitter's personal space. It provides insight to the subjects' character, their identity.

Much of the work in my portfolio focuses on my (subjective) reactions to individuals, often family and close friends. Portraiture allows me to investigate both the physical and psychological attributes of these people and myself. I play with representation and narrative in attempt to create an image that is ambiguous in read; whose distance from reality, or fantasy, is indiscernible. And while my work is derived from personal experiences, I hope that it carries with it universal associations.

 

RESUME

LFC800@aol.com
www.leighcraven.com

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2007 Earthly Delight, Anderson Gallery, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater Massachusetts
2005 Solo Exhibition, Nightengale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Granda,
Oregon

TWO PERSON & FEATURED ARTIST EXHIBITS
2009 Featured Artist, Imago Gallery, Warren, Rhode Island
2004 Illusive Narration, Tjaden Galley, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2010 Mini Print Internacional de Cadaques
Taller Galeria Fort, Cadaques, Girona, Spain
L’Etangd’Art, Bages, France
Wongfield Barns, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Fundacio Tharrats d’Art Grafic, Barcelona, Spain
LaGrange National XXVI Biennial, juried by J. Richard Gruber, director of The Ogden Museum
LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, Georgia
National Art Premiere 2010, juried by Lori Waxman, critic and writer for Artforum, Modern Painters, and Parkett
Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, Illinois

2008-2009 Your Documents Please
The Museum of Arts & Crafts-Itami, Itami, Japan
Zaim, Yokohama, Japan
Galerie Paris, Yokohama, Japan
2B Galeria, Budapest, Hungary
Galerie Kurt im Hirsch, Berlin, Germany
Galeria Z, Bratistlava, Slovak Republic
Galeria Ajolote Arte Contemporaneo, Guadalajara, Mexico

2009 33rd Annual Art on Paper Exhibition, juried by Joan Moser, Senior Curator of Graphic Arts, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, Maryland
32nd Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, juried by Joan Young, curator, Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum
Mills Pond Gallery, Smithtown Township Arts Council, St. James, New York

COLLECTIONS
Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts
Hungarian Multicultural Center of Art
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts LaGrange Art Museum
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design Library; Artists’ Book Collection
The Art Gallery of New South Wales
Buzz Spector, private collection

PUBLICATIONS
Domino Magazine: The Guide to Living with Style, Oct. 2007
4th International Juried Print Biennial catalogue essay, NJ 2006
Book Board Adhesive Binding, The Bonefolder: an e-journal for the bookbinder
and book artist, Vol. 4, No. 2, Spring 2008, Syracuse, NY
Bridgewater Review, Vol. 26, No. 1, Bridgewater, MA 2007
Central Europe Through the Eye of International Artist, catalogue essay, Gyorgyfalvay Zita
New Directions, Barrett Art Center, brochure, Poughkeepsie, New York
Out of the Ordinary, catalogue essay, NY 2007
Southern Printmaking Biennial, catalogue essay, Dahlonega, Georgia

EXHIBITION HONORS
2007 Daler Rowney Award, 38th Annual National Exhibition, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California
2006 Juror’s Mention, 19th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition Abercrombie Gallery, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana
2005 Strathmore Award, 36th Annual National Exhibition, Palm Springs Desert Museum
2004 Honorable Mention, 29th Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, Smithtown Township Arts Council, St. James, New York
2002 Graduate Award of Excellence, Graduate Studies Division, Rhode Island School of Design
2001 Distinguished Achievement Award

GRANTS
2010 Residency
Hambidge Center, Rabun, Georgia
2006 Residency
International Residencies Program, Csopak, Hungary
2004 Residency
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska
2004 Residency
Centrum for the Arts, Port Townsend, Washington
2003 Residency - Transitional Residency
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, Nebraska

TEACHING
2006 - current Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Assistant Professor -Department of Art

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Edwards, Nicole, Juried Shoe Covers All Aspects of Art, Poughkeepsie Journal,
Poughkeepsie, NY 2004
Erickson, Mark St. John, PFAC Show Free from Genre Constraint, Daily Press, VA 2004 Krainak, Michael Joe, Stake Your Booty: Art Collectors Seek Their Treasure at Bemis
Auction, City Weekly, NE 2009
Pozzatti, Rudy, 19th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition
catalogue, McNeese State University, LA 2006
Rippner, Samantha, 4th International Juried Print Biennial catalogue essay, New Jersey
State Council on the Arts, NJ 2006
Rodriguez, Bill, Fine Lines: Drawing Cross Media at the PAC, Providence Phoenix, RI 2003 Unknown, Just Up, The Providence Journal, RI 2003
Verheyen, Peter, Edelpappband/Millimeter Binding, The Bonefolder: an e-journal for
the bookbinder and book artist, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2005
Verheyen, Peter, Guild of Bookworkers 100th Anniversary Exhibition Catalog
Bind-O-Rama, The Bonefolder: an e-jornal for the bookbinder and book artist,
Vol. 4, No. 1, Fall 2007
Wright, Lesley, Out of the Ordinary catalogue essay, NY 2007

EDUCATION
2004 Peter Verheyen, bookbinder, conservator, Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University, Private Study
2003 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island Master of Fine Arts,
Printmaking, Honors
2001 Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art & Planning, Ithaca, New York
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Printmaking, Dean’s List
1999 Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art & Planning, Rome, ITALY Rome
Program