Leisa Rich

Leisa Rich

Gananoque, ON, Canada

About Leisa Rich

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Leisa Rich is an experimental artist working with fibers and mixed media in 2D, sculptural and installation formats, and incorporating 3D printing and unusual techniques into her textural art works. She continuously explores new materials in unusual ways and builds her repertoire of innovative approaches by using old things in new ways. She also creates viewer-interactive, participatory experiences. One of her favored techniques is free-motion machine embroidery -- a method of drawing and building texture using a sewing machine and thread -- as well as hand embroidery, sewing, dyeing, resin, painting and more.

Rich has been featured in many books, most recently Dimensional Fiber, Textile Nature, Mastering the Art of Embroidery, The Best of America Sculpture, and Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape. She has been featured in numerous mags, blogs and podcasts. She also writes about art for magazines and on-line publications, has published a children's book: www.animalalphabettravelingtwisters.com, and has published a series of books about Fosshape that are available on blurb.com.

She has pieces in the permanent collections of Delta Airlines, Inc., Emory Healthcare, Emory Women's Healthcare, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Kamm Foundation, The University of North Texas, The University of Texas- Pan American and private collections in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Rich has received prestigious awards such as bestowments from the Barbara L. Kuhlman Foundation, the SDA Award of Excellence, and more. She teaches in colleges, arts centers, educational institutions, at her studio, travels to teach, and was Visiting Artist and Teaching Artist for The High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia. She is also a Fulton County Arts & Culture Hambidge Fellow. Leisa moved back to her home country of Canada in October, 2020.


2007 Master of Fine Art- Fibers, College of Visual Arts and Design, The University of North Texas, TX

1993 Bachelor of Education-Art, The University of Western Ontario Faculty of Education, London, Ontario, Canada

1982 Bachelor of Fine Art- Fibers, The University of Michigan Penny W. School of Visual Art, Ann Arbor, MI

1978 Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

1975-1978 Interlochen Center for the Arts, graduate '78, Interlochen, MI


Selected Recent Awards:

2019- Fulton County Arts and Culture Fellowship, Atlanta, Georgia

2016- Juror's Honorable Mention Award: The University of Michigan

2014- Honorable Mention, Georgia Artists: A Juried Exhibit,
Abernathy Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

2013- Honorable Mention, Georgia Artists: A Juried Exhibit, Abernathy Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

2013- Award of Excellence, Surface Design Association, Fabricate Exhibition, San Antonia, TX

Recent Selected Profiles:

Textile Nature, Anne Kelly, p. 80


The Vintage Photo Project: The American Craft Council

American Craft Council: Why I Make Series: Leisa Rich: http://craftcouncil.org/post/why-i-make-turning-negatives-positives

Mastering the Art of Embroidery, Chronicle Books, p. 249-250

Morgan Contemporary Glass’ teapots exhibit pours on the creativity: Review-Pittsburgh Tribune http://triblive.com/aande/museums/4018396-74/teapot-glass-says#axzz2VjQzFdnr

Inspiration: Leisa Rich, Stitches magazine, p. 43

Selected Articles Written:

Plastics in Fiber: Creative Friend or Environmental Foe? Fiber Art Now Summer ‘13 (author)

Repetition and Ritual at Hudgens Center, Atlanta, Georgia, by Leisa Rich



Selected Workshops Given:

2017- Cullowhee Mountain Arts, Lake Logan, SC

2016- Arrowmont School of Craft, Gatlinburg, TN

2015, 2013- Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program, Williamsburg, MA

2012- Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, N.J.

2000- Present: Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX

2014- Artistic Genealogy: Charting Your Creative Journey, C4 Atlanta, GA Artistic development workshop

2013- Artistic Genealogy: Charting Your Creative Journey. Pittsburgh, PA, Artistic development workshop

2013- Society For Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA


2020 Selected Exhibitions:

Diversionary Antics, CCU Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, Conway, South Carolina

Castaways: Art From the Material World, The Robert Bateman Foundation Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia

2019 Selected Exhibitions:

Aftermath: In The Pink, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia (solo exhibition)

The Saccharine Sublime, Signature Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia (solo exhibition)

January Group Exhibition, Mason Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia

2018 Selected Exhibitions:

Repurposed, Gallery Walk At Terminus, Atlanta, Georgia

2017 Selected Exhibitions:

Artist Spotlight: Leisa Rich, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana

Art Fields, Lake City, South Carolina. Finalist in competition. Upcoming: April 21-29, 2017

2016 Selected Exhibitions:

Techstiles, A Pop Up Leisa Rich Solo Exhibition, SCAD curated Danielle Carlson, Atlanta, GA

Wash & Wax, Irving Arts Center Focus Gallery, Irving, TX- collaboration with Virginia Greaves

Wash & Wax, Jacksonville State University Hammond Gallery, Jacksonville, AL- collaboration with Virginia Greaves

Materials: Hard & Soft, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton, TX

First LaGrange Southeast Regional, LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA

The Motherload Project, Hannah Maclure Centre, Dundee, Scotland

Arising: Yoko Ono Project, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

2015 Selected Exhibitions:

Flight Patterns, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Wash & Wax, Abernathy Arts Center Gallery, Atlanta, GA- collaboration with Virginia Greaves

invisible:visAble, Abernathy Arts Center Gallery, Atlanta, GA. Rich curated 16 artists from around the globe whose invisible disabilities inform their art

Giving Attention, Ernest G. Welch Gallery, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

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

2014 Selected Exhibitions:

Flight Patterns, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport, Concourse T, Atlanta, GA

A Touch of Whimsy, curator Marcia Dietz, Artmatch Gallery, Atlanta, GA

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

Triage, Fuse Art Center, Atlanta, GA

Georgia Artists, Abernathy Art center, Sandy Springs, GA

2013 Selected Exhibitions:

Uncommon Thread Wearable Art Show: Carte Blanch, LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, LA

Threads, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ

Craftforms: Nature in Craft, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Object Object!, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA

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

Group, URBANfronts, Atlanta Institute of Architects, with Sixfold Collective, Atlanta, GA

Fabricate Exhibition, Surface Design Association, San Antonia, TX

Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA

Georgia Artists: A Juried Exhibit, Abernathy Art Center, Sandy Springs (Atlanta), GA

Fantastic Fibers, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY

National Fiber Directions, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KA

2012 Selected Exhibitions:

Group, All Mixed Up, curator, Donna Krueger, dk Gallery, Marietta, GA

Group, Talent Loves Company, Stan Woodard & Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta, GA

De rerum natura (On The Nature of Things), World of Threads Festival, Curated by Gareth Bate, Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

New Fibers, Fiber Arts Network, Eastern Michigan University Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI

Fiber Options, Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD

The Third Dimension, The Foundry Art Center Gallery, St. Charles, MO

Group, Fibers, Madison Morgan Cultural Center, curator Angela Nichols, Madison, GA

Group, Connecting Threads, LAX, curator Julie Kornblum, Terminal One, Los Angeles, CA

Three Person, Process and Practice, curator Susannah Darrow, Beep Beep Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Collaboration, Connecting the Dots, Terri Dilling and Leisa Rich, Spruill Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA