*** PLEASE NOTE: The works on my site that have no price will be available for sale on October 30, 2021. I moved to Canada and the Canadian government stipulates I cannot sell works I brought from the U.S. for one year. If you love something, please contact Saatchiart and they will arrange with me to hold that work for you until October 30.***
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