Artist and Alumna Judith Leemann to Lecture at U.Va. March 26

March 18, 2009

March 18, 2009 — The University of Virginia's McIntire Department of Art and the Art Students Society are sponsoring a lecture and studio visits by artist Judith Leemann.

Leemann's lecture, "Patterning a Practice," will take place March 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 160. During her visit, she also will lead studio critiques in sculpture classes.

Leemann is an artist, educator and writer. She holds an M.F.A. in fiber and material studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. from U.Va., where she was an Echols scholar and Aunspaugh Fellow (1993-94) in photography and sculpture. She currently teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She was assistant editor of the anthology "The Object of Labor: Art, Cloth, and Cultural Production" (School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MIT Press, 2007) and has recently published work in FRAKCIJA performing art journal, "Textile: A Journal of Cloth and Culture," and in the annual art journal of LTTR, a publication of the artist collaborative of the same name.

Her recent projects include "flockstep," a commissioned public video projection, and "discontinuous, not unrelated," a research-based exhibition at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. With curator Shannon Stratton she organized "Gestures of Resistance: Craft, Performance, and the Politics of Slowness," a 2008 College Art Association conference panel, as well as a related exhibition in Dallas. They are currently editing the anthology "Gestures of Resistance: The Slow Assertions of Craft" and curating an expanded version of the exhibition for the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Ore.

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— By Jane Ford