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EDUCATION

2007 Yale School of Art, MFA, Painting and Printmaking
2005 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA
2000 The University of Chicago, Joint BA/MA
BA, Comparative Literature; MA, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities

PUBLIC ART

2014 Big Bounce, Site-specific Installation on the façade of the Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, October’14 – February’15, Waltham, MA
2012 Flossing the Lot, Site-specific Installation for The Lot @ ArtSpace, funded by The National Endowment for the Arts, Project Storefronts & City of New Haven, June-August, New Haven, CT
2011 Sad Side of the Street, Site-specific Installation for chashama at the former Donnell New York Public Library across the street from the MOMA, June–July, New York, NY
2011 House Coat, Site-specific Installation for Cosign Projects, in conjunction with Southern Graphic Council International, March-April, St. Louis, MO
2010 Wrapped Roof+Urns, Site-specific Installation on the roof of The Pine, June-August, NY, NY

SOLO SHOWS

2014 Big Bounce, Curated by Susan Metrican, Kniznick Gallery, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (catalog)
2014 The Airplane Installations: Inside/Outside Site-Specific Work by Leeza Meksin, Airplane Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Negative Crotch & Other Friends, Ohio State University Gallery, Columbus, OH
2009 Oil and Spandex, Abington Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
2004 Log In, LG Space, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

TWO & THREE PERSON SHOWS

2014 House What Is Your Crime? James Cordas, Leeza Meksin, Jeff Williams, Presented by Regina Rex at The Knockdown Center, Queens, NY
2013 Robert Dupree, Leeza Meksin, Vincent Valerio, Select Projects NYC, The Out, NY, NY
2011 Hide: Leeza Meksin & Yevgeniya Baras, Adds Donna Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009 John Finneran, Leeza Meksin, Christopher Quirk, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2014 EARTHTWERKS & Other Celestial Familiars, curated by Clare Britt, Sidecar Gallery, Hammond, IN
Second Family, curated by Julie Torres, 11 Rivington LES, NY, NY
Static Cling, Curated by April Childers, Maria Britton & Robin Kang, Penelope Project Space, Queens, NY
TAB3, Curated by Steffanie Browne & Kay Ottinger, Bermuda Triangle, Brooklyn, NY
TEN, Presented by Culturehall, Cindy Rucker Gallery, NY, NY
2013 Location, Location, Location, Curated by Sun You, President Clinton Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Hot Rubber: Wayne Koestenbaum, Leeza Meksin, Jason Mones & Lee Vanderpool, Primetime, Brooklyn, NY
Relay, Relay: Inaugural Show, Lauren Adams, Josh Bienko, Clare Britt, Carrie Hott, Jessica Langley, Leeza Meksin, Sheilah Wilson, Karla Wozniak, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Queens, NY
First Love, curated by Angela Bryant, Dominican University Gallery, River Forest, IL
2012 Borough/Burrow: 4 Brooklyn Artists, curated by Eben Wood, Kingsborough College, Brooklyn, NY, catalog
2011 The Finishers, curated by Eric Gleason & Ethan Greenbaum, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY, catalog
TEXTURE.TXT, Regina Rex Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, artist zine
2010 Tomboy, Curated by Betsy Odom, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College of Art & Design, Chicago, IL, catalog
Highlights, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, New York, NY
All My Ladies’ Beards, Curated by Jason Mones, Fine Arts Work Center, Pronvincetown, MA
Cabernet Initiative, Experimental Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Best Rapper Alive, Curated by Pete Deevakul, The Bushwick Starr, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Artcrush, Presented by Jenny Jaskey Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2007 Horizon, Curated by David Humphrey, EFA Gallery, New York, NY
New InSight, Curated by Suzanne Ghez, Art Chicago 2007
MFA Thesis Show, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT, catalog
2005 1st Year MFA Show, Yale School of Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
The BFA Show, G2 Gallery, SAIC, Chicago, IL
2004 Code is Implement, New Project Space, (Formerly Space 1926), Chicago, IL, catalog
If: Then, New Project Space, (Formerly Space 1926), Chicago, IL

CURATING

2013- Co-founding member, Ortega y Gasset Projects, artist-run gallery and collective, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Tightened, As If by Pliers, co-curated with Joshua Bienko, Presented by Ortega y Gasset Projects at The Knockdown Center, Queens, NY, December 2014 -January 2015
2013 Dyeing, Merging, Multitasking: Mike Cloud, Jeff DeGolier, Shana Moulton, Dona Nelson & Siebren Versteeg, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Queens, NY, July-August
2013 Digital Dye Hard, pop-up show, performance and screening in artist’s studio, Queens, NY, August
2011 Texture.txt, co-curated with Yevgeniya Baras, Regina Rex, Queens, NY, January
2008 Art Crush, for Jenny Jaskey Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, October

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2012 Public Art Network Year in Review, House Coat chosen for Top 50 Public Arts Projects
2010-12 Artist Residency, chashama Visual Arts Program, Brooklyn Army Terminal, NY
2009 Documentary Filmmaking Grant, Open Society Institute, The Soros Foundation
2007 Collaborative Project Grant, Yale School of Art
2006 Robert Schoelkopf Traveling Fellowship, Yale School of Art
1999 Summerlinks Grant, University of Chicago

LECTURES, PROJECTS & PERFORMANCES

2014 Flattened Hierarchies & In-betweenness: Leeza Meksin, Jehanne-Marie Gavarini & Sheila Pepe, moderated by Susan Metrican, Women’s Studies & Research Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
It’s a Laugh that’ll Bury You, 5 Artist Lectures curated by Sheryl Oppenheim, NurtureArt, Brooklyn, NY
Visiting Artist Lecture, Brooklyn College (CUNY), Brooklyn, NY
Boobies in My Damn Chain, Limited Edition Silkscreen produced by Double Dutch Press, Athens, GA
2013 Visiting Critic, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD
Visiting Artist Lecture, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
TAB for Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Curated by Stephanie Browne & Kay Ottinger, Brooklyn FireProof, Brooklyn, NY
Alumni Panel: Anna Betbeze, Jonathan Brand, Mike Cloud & Leeza Meksin, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT
2012 Visiting Artist Lecture, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, CA
Visiting Artist Lecture & Screening of Balka, Denison University, Granville, OH
House Coat: Artist Lecture, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2011 Nova Raid, Installation & Fashion Line Premier, EA Effect, Philadelphia, PA
Artist Talk, Summer Painting & Sculpture Intensive SPI/SSI, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Critical Dialogs, Artist Lecture & Screening of “Balka,” Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Visiting Artist Lecture, Sam Fox School of Art and Design, Washington University at St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
2010 Carter Millican’s Pop-Up Show: The Things You Can’t Ignore, Brooklyn, NY
2009 On Spandex. That’s Right, Artist Talk, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Clark University, Worcester, MA
Spandex Productions, Artist talk for Dona Nelson’s Graduate Seminar, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
2008 How to Make Your Very Own Deezdogg Leggings, Workshop and Performance, Swap-O-Rama-Rama, Design Philadelphia 2008, Philadelphia, PA
On Leggings and Bootlegging Spandex, Performance for Pia Lindman’s Soapbox Event in Collaboration with Creative Time, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY
Locating Feminism, Lecture & Panel, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2007 Words and Images, Interdisciplinary Panel, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

FILM & THEATER

2012 Costume Designer, The Professor, Short Film Starring Betsy Brandt, directed by William Gerrard & Anya Meksin
2010 Co-Director & Editor, Balka: Three Stories, Women, Drugs & HIV in Ukraine, Documentary Film Directed by Anya Meksin & Leeza Meksin, Produced by Sophie Pinkham, Funded by the Open Society Institute, Soros Foundation & The Fulbright Fellowship Program
2008 Production Designer, True Story, Short Film, directed by Jaime Iglehart
Production Designer, Graphics Designer, Couch, Short Film, directed by Anya Meksin
Production Designer, Penelope’s Playland, TV pilot, directed by Andy Parker
Production Designer, The Things I Need U 4, Short Film, directed by Geraldine Baron
2007 Production Designer, Berated Woman, directed by Anya Meksin, Columbia Archipelago Film Festival Winner ’07
2006 Production Designer, Short Leash, Short Film, directed by Anya Meksin
2002 Costume Designer and Performer, Le Vorris and Vox Circus, Chicago

TEACHING

2015 Adjunct Professor, Purchase College (SUNY), Purchase, NY
2014 Visiting Associate Professor, Low-Residency MFA Program, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA
2012 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Studio Art, Denison University, Granville, OH
2012 Visiting Senior Lecturer, Department of Painting, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2007-11 Adjunct Professor, Department of Painting, Drawing & Sculpture, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Phila, PA
2009-11 Instructor & Curriculum Developer, The New York Art Studio, NY, NY
2008-09 Adjunct Professor, Visual Studies Department, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
2007 Teaching Assistant, Yale School of Art, Painting Basics, with Clint Jukkala, New Haven, CT
2005 Visiting Artist, 2004-05, After School Matters, Chicago Outreach Program, Chicago, IL
2000 Program Coordinator, 1999-00, Partners in Art, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

WRITINGS, PUBLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS

2014 Mail-art for LANDLESSNESS, collaborative project with Carrie Hott, Becca Albee, Amanda Curreri, Nina Elder, Pablo Guardiola, Jennifer Nagle Myers, Temporary Art Review, June
2013 Leeza Meksin’s Top 5 for The St. Claire Magazine, Issue XV: Fall 2013
Images of Wrapped Roof + Urns, 2010, site-specific installation, Make Magazine, Issue #12: Architectural, January
2012 The Invisible Inside the Visible, Interview with Sheilah Wilson, Temporary Art Review
2011 “Tomboy,” Frequencies, The Imminent Frame, online project curated by Kathryn Lofton
House Coat, Interview with Lauren Adams, Temporary Art Review, April
House Coat, Interview with Steve Potter, Cityscape, St. Louis Public Radio, March
Balka, Interview with Karmen Ross, Telegraph 21, March 25
Texture.txt, Artist zine, Editor & contributor, Regina Rex Gallery, January
2010 Hard Day’s Night, Essay, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, December
Which Craft?, Essay, Culturehall, Issue 49
Balka, Interview with Michael Fishman, MovieBlog
Art Crimes, Video and Text by Lucy Kim & Leeza Meksin, The Highlights, February
That Thing, Essay, Culturehall, Issue 39
2005 “Shit + Femme = Butter,” Palimpsest, Yale Arts Magazine, Issue 5
2006 “Lottin’ the Lack,” Palimpsest, Yale Arts Magazine, Issue 4

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2014 Pinkham, Sophie, BOMB Magazine, Artists on Artists: Leeza Meksin by Sophie Pinkham, Winter Issue 2015
Koestenbaum, Wayne, Zip Ties, Douche Bags, Dumbbells, and Why We Get Dolled Up, Big Bounce Catalog Essay
Benzadon, Clayre, The Brandeis Hoot, Brooklyn-based artist premieres spandex art at WSRC, October
Sutton, Benjamin, Artnet News, Insider’s Guide to Bushwick’s Open Studios, May
Heddaya, Mostafa, Hyperallergic, From Surface to Air at Two Bushwick Galleries, May
2013 Gill, Kiran, The Justice, Unconventional Mediums Inspire Artist, Brandeis University Newspaper, November
Kourlas, Gia The New York Times, Performance Art Without Longueurs, July
2012 Greenberg, Alyssa, The Artblog, Spandex Outfits for Buildings, June
Wood, Eben, Borough/Burrow: Four Brooklyn Artists, Catalog Essay
2011 Meier, Allison, Hyperallergic, Unexpected Artistic Wonders in Upstate New York
Kuennen, Joel, ArtSlant Chicago, Stretching Materiality
Firshein, Sarah, Curbed, Crazy, Colorful & Controversial Adventures in Public Art
Russel, Stefene, St. Louis Magazine, St. Louis Apartment Gallery Movement
Teamart.org, Review of House Coat, St. Louis and SCG
Keaggy, Diane, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Art Wraps Benton Park House in Spandex
Cooperman, Jeannette, St. Louis Magazine, The House Coat Exhibit
Garrison, Chad, St. Louis River Front Times,House Coat Project a Wrap
Fowler, Nancy, St. Louis Beacon, Spandex Wrapped Home Coated with Meaning
Garrison, Chad, St. Louis River Front Times, Spandex & Bling Wrap St. Louis Home
Andrew Russeth, 16 miles of String, Texture.txt at Regina Rex
Stuker, Jerffrey; Vos, Stacie, On Three Works from Texture.txt
Quinn, Therese; Meiners, Erica, Tomboy: The power and ambiguity of queer visibility
2010 Foumberg, Jason, NewCity Chicago, The Top 5 of Everything 2010: Art
Viera, Lauren, Chicago Tribune, View of Artist Should Not Alter Our Perception
Weber, Candice, TimeOut Chicago, Gender Benders
Foumberg, Jason, NewCity Chicago Tomboy at Glass Curtain Gallery
Nielsen, Katy, Columbia Chronicle, Tomboy, Interactive Art Show
Odom, Betsy, Flaunting It, Tomboy, Catalog Essay, November
Garrison, Chad, River Front Times, Artist Plans to Wrap St. Louis Building in Spandex
Curbed.com, “St. Louis House Enters Flashdance Architectural Period,” October
Klayko, Branden, Architect’s Newspaper, Artist Proposes House Coat for St.Louis
2009 Stauffer, Tema, Culturehall, “Hybrids,” November Issue
Schmidt, Alex, National Public Radio (NPR), All Things Considered, March 14
2008 Tiger, Caroline, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “New Salons,” October 17
2007 Maine, Stephen, The New York Sun, “A Wild Horizon,” July 9
Bad at Sports Podcast, Episode 87, “New InSight at ArtChicago,” May
Sorkin, Jenni, MFA Thesis Catalog, pp. 42-45
2005 Cassidy, Victor, Artnet, Pilsen Show Review
Eastside Messenger, Vol 30, # 2, Columbus, Ohio, February
VerbSap.com, In the Gallery: e.v. Meksin
2004 Reuland, Meg, U-TURN Art Journal, Meksin’s Login

ARTIST FILES & REGISTRIES

White Columns Curated Artist Registry, New York, NY
Irving Sandler Artists File, Artistspace, New York, NY
Culture Now: Art & Architecture in the Public Realm, New York, NY
Culturehall Curated Artist Registry, New York, NY
Brooklyn Arts Council Artist Registry, Brooklyn, NY
MOMA PS1 Studio Visit, Queens, NY