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Leigh Anne Lester
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Born:
Shreveport, Louisiana

Education:
1993- University of Texas at San Antonio  BFA- Painting

Solo Exhibitions:

2016-2017- "A Variety of Forms Recovering from Transubstantiated Clarity", McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, curated by Rene Barilleaux
2016-2017- "Flexible Foundation", Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio, TX
2015-2016- "UnNatural Selection", Vaudeville Gallery, Fredricksburg, TX
2014- "Venomous Cabbage and other demands satisfied", grayDUCK Gallery, Austin, TX
2013- "Cultivated Divergence", Artpace, San Antonio, TX
2011- "Beautiful Freaks/Nature's Bastards", Houston Art Alliance, Houston, TX
2010- "Beautiful Freaks/Nature's Bastards", Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX
2009 - "Intelligent Design?", Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, TX
2006 - "Artificial Arrangement", Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
2006 - "Artificial Arrangement", Lawndale Arts Center, Houston, TX 
2006 - "Untitled", McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX
2006 - "Artificial Arrangemnt", Sala Diaz, San Antonio, TX 
2005 - "Family Portraits", International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, Il.
2001 - "ROCK",  New Works Space, Mac Kinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX..
2000 - "Rock", Project Room, San Antonio, TX


Selected Exhibitions:

2016 - "Natural Order", Muriel Guepin Gallery, New York, NY(2 person show)
2015 - "Infinite Horizons", Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, TX (2 person show)
2015- "Eastbound and down", Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2015- "Nature on the Edge", Bihl Haus Arts, San Antonio, TX curted by David Rubin
2015- "Running down the road", Terminal 136, San Antonio, TX
2015- "Six Artists celebrate the McNay's 60th Anniversary", McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
2014- "Outside/In", K. Imperial Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014 -
"Flatland", curated by Patty Ortiz, Museo Guadalupe , San Antonio, TX
2014 - "Crossing the Line", Centro Cultural Border, Mexico City, MX, curated by Michele Monseau
2013 - "The Drawing Room, Part II", Galveston Art Center, Galveston, TX
2012 - "Prelude: Beginning a Conversation", David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX
2012 - "The State of Drawing", University of Texas, Arlington, TX
2012- "The Future is not what it used to be", Trinity University-San Antonio, TX, curated by PLAy SPACE

2011- "Wild Kingdom", Texas State University-San Marcos, TX, curated by Mary Mikel Stump
2011 - "Rock, Paper, Carbon", gray duck GALLERY, Austin, TX
2011- "San Antonio, Draws", McNay Art Museum, San ANtonio, TX, Curated by Lyle Williams
2010- "Palimpsest", McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX, Curated by Liliana Bloch
2009 - "Texas National", Cole Art Center, Nacodoches, TX, Juror, Mel Chin
2008 - "Biennial Southwest, Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque, NM., Curator, Dr. Stephanie Hanor
2008 - "Transitions", Cantanker Magazine, Issue #6, Bolm Studios, Austin, TX Curator, Leona Skull-Hons
2007 - "Beneathe The Skin", Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2007 - "Naturally Inclined", College of Mainland Gallery, Texas CIty, TX.
2006 - Utopia, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI. 
2006 - "Show- Offs", Unit B, San Antonio, TX. 

2007 - "Beneath the Skin", Limn Gallery, San Francisco, Ca. 
2007 - "Naturally Inclined", College of Mainland Gallery, Texas City, TX
2006 - "Show-Offs", Unit B, San Antonio, TX 
2005 - "Stitch in Time", Women and Their Work, Austin, TX, Joan Davidow, Curator

2004 - "Cross Stitch: Craft Medium Redefined", Kansas City, MO
2004 - "100 Drawings", Haggarty Gallery, University of Dallas, Dallas, TX.
2004 - "H2O~ Considering the Hydrosphere", Southwest School of Arts and Crafts, San Antonio, TX.
2004 - "Piece Work", Dallas Center for the Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX.
2002 - "10 x 3", San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX.
2001 - "Here/There", Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX.
2001 - "Ulterior", Haggerty Gallery, University of Dallas, Dallas, TX.
2000 - "Fibrous", Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX. 
2000 - "Critics Choice 2000", Dallas Visual Arts Center, Dallas, TX. Jurors: Carla Stellweg, Chris Cowden, Sara Kellner
2000 - "A purse on both of your houses", Muskett/Wallace Gallery, San Antonio, TX.
2000 - "As the women turn, Part 2", Art Asylum, San Antonio ,TX.


Publications:

Venomous Cabbage and other demands satisfied, Glasstire, Seth Orion Schwaiger, May 31, 2014
Color Pollination: Leigh Anne Lester at grayDUCK gallery, New American Painting, Brian Fee, May 16, 2014

In with the new! Recent gifts on paper, Artes Magazine, Deborah Anne Krieger, May 1, 2014
Review: Cultivated Divergence by Leigh Anne Lester, Art Magazine SA, January 2013, Haydee Munoz de la Rocha
Artist is growing mutants in Artpace Windows, San Antonio Express News, Steve Bennett, February 23, 2013
Leigh Anne Lester's "Beautiful Freaks/Nature's Bastards" showcases botanicals with a twist, Houston Press, Art Attack, October 11, 2011, Kelly Klaasmeyer
Escena San Antonio: Leigh Anne Lester rocks on, Cruz Ortiz as auteur, a visit from Houston curators
, Glasstire, June 17, 2011, Sarah Fisch
Rock, Paper, Carbon , Austin Chronicle, June 10, 2011, Wayne Allen Brenner
Interview: Leigh Anne Lester , might be good, Issue #170, May 27, 2011, The Tangible and the Ethereal, Wendy Atwell
San Antonio Artist awarded 2011 Hunting Art Prize, Houston Chronicle, April 30, 2011, Douglas Britt
Last Call: Mark Menjivar and Leigh Anne Lester at SSA, San Antonio Current, February 24, 2011, Scott Andrews

San Antonio Artist awarded 2011 Hunting Art Prize, Houston Chronicle, April 30, 2011, Douglas Britt
Last Call: Mark Menjivar and Leigh Anne Lester at SSA, San Antonio Current, February 24, 2011, Scott Andrews
Exquisite art leaves you wondering, San Antonio Express-News, January 16, 2011, Elda Silva
Strange Fruit and Odd Vegetables, Plaza de Armas, December 10, 2010, Sarah Fisch

Leigh Anne Lester @ Institute of Texan Cultures, Artlies, Issue 63, Fall 2009, Dan Goddard
“Nature in the Hands of an Artist", San Antonio Express News, Elda Silva, August 9, 2009
Growth Spurt", San Antonio Current, Elaine Wolff, July 22- 28, 2009
"Art Advocates Extraordinaire", S.A. Woman Magazine, May 2008, Jasmina Wellinghoff

“The man works wonders with, yes, paint rollers”, San Francisco Chronicle, June 16, 2007
"Stitch in Time", Artlies, Issue 49, Winter 2006 www.artlies.org
"Artificial Arrangement", New York Arts Magazine, March/April 2006, Volume 11, No. 3/4 www.nyartsmagazine.com 
"Artificial Arrangement", Glasstire.com, Wendy Atwell, February 2006
"For Artist, Sala Diaz is a house of 'I Will' Repute", San Antonio, Express News, January 15, 2006 www.mysanantonio.com 
"Picture of Ill Health", Chicago Tribune, January 12.2006 www.chicagotribune.com 
"Watch for Thorns", San Antonio Current, December 29, 2005 - January 3, 2006 www.sacurrent.com 
  "Stray Cats", San Antonio Current, April 24, 2004
"H2O- Considering the Hydrosphere", Voices of Art, Volume 12, Issue 1  2004
"Fabric art illustrates the fiber of life", Dallas Star Telegram, January 31, 2004
"Natural Wonders", Dallas Morning Observer, March 22-28, 2001
"Rock", Artlies, #29, Winter 2000-2001
"Summer Essentials", Canvas, Visual Life in Texas, Summer 2000
"Art Space: Freeze frame", San Antonio Current, August 4, 1999

"Concept 697.198", Voices of Art, May/ June 1997
"Three Recent Installations", Voices of Art, July/ August 1996

Awards:
The Winner of the Hunting Art Prize 2011
Artist Foundation Grant, 2007

Residency:
Berlin Residency at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, 2015
Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming, September, 1998

Related Activities:
1995 to 2012- Co-Founder, Co-Owner, Co-Curator, Cactus Bra Space, an alternative exhibition space for new artist, Blue Star Complex, San Antonio, TX.
1998 - Juror for St. Phillips College, Student Show


Teaching:
1994 - Bookmaking Workshop

Work Related:
1993 to present - Manager, San Angel Folk Art, Inc. Blue Star Arts Complex, San Antonio, TX.

In the Collection of:

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
UHS, San Antonio, TX.
Women's Hospital, Houston, TX

University of Texas in San Antonio, TX., Permanent Collection
Dell's Children's Hospital, Austin, TX.
Bobbie Nau, Houston, TX.
Judy Nyquist, San Antonio, TX.
Richard H. Lee, San Antonio, TX.
Bill and Margaret Kaynusik, San Antonio, TX.
Jennifer Katz, San Antonio,TX.
Karen Rymer-Moore, Denver, CO.
Gregor Eichele, Houston, TX.
Christina Thaller, Houston, TX.
Mark and Denise Adams, Brussels, Belgium
David Asboe, London, England
Charles Waller, Seattle, Wa.
Lara and Rick Weber, Alameda, Ca.
Mauricio Carranza, Austin, TX.
John and Carolyn Seals, San Antonio, TX.
Margie Shakelford and Alex Carragone, San Antonio, TX.
Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, San Antonio, TX.
Jerry and Alice Kruze, San Antonio, TX.
Marcus Sloan, Houston/San Antonio, TX.
Caroline Hill, Atlanta, GA.