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J. Leigh Garcia

j.leighgarcia@gmail.com

www.jleighgarcia.com

EDUCATION

2018 MFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 

2017 MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

2015 BFA, summa cum laude, Printmaking, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017 Instructor, “Printmaking: Carving in Relief,” Continuing Education University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, (November 4- December 9).

2017 Instructor, “Bookmaking,” Wheelhouse Studios, University of Wisconsin-Madison,

Madison, WI, (November 20- December 4).

2017 Instructor, “DIY Screenprinting,” Wheelhouse Studios, Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (November 19).

2017 Instructor, “Woodcut as Object,” Wheelhouse Studios, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, (October 1- 15).

2017 Instructor, “Screen Print with Photo Emulsion,” Wheelhouse Studios, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, (September 10- 24).

2017 Instructor, “Printmaking: Carving in Relief,” Continuing Education University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, (April 1- May 20).

2017 Instructor, “Printmaking: Layering with Screen Print,” Continuing Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, (January 21- March 11).

2016 Instructor, “Printmaking: Carving in Relief,” Continuing Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, (September 29- December 10).

2016 Instructor, “Printmaking: Layering with Screen Print,” Continuing Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, (September 17- October 22).

2016 Instructor, “Printmaking: Carving in Relief,” Continuing Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, (April 1- May 20).

2016 Instructor, “Printmaking: Layering with Screen Print,” Continuing Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, (January 21- March 14).

2015-2016 Project Assistant to John Hitchcock, Associate Dean for the Arts and Professor of Printmaking, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2014-2015 Printmaking Studio Maintenance Assistant, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

2014 Intern, P.R.I.N.T Press, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

2013 Intern, Pan Ector Industries, Denton, TX

AWARDS/GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS

2018 Sally Owen Marshall Best in Show, Wisconsin Union Directorate Art Committee, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2018 Class of 1930 Purchase Award, Wisconsin Union Directorate Art Committee, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI 

2017 Tinker Nave Short Term Field Research Grant, Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies (LACIS) Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (with Maria Wood, UW-Madison, MFA graduate)

2017 Sinaiko Frank Graduate Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts, Arts Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (with Maria Wood, UW-Madison, MFA graduate)

2017 Chazen Prize Second Honorable Mention (third place), University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI (Juried by Emily  Zilber, Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

2017 Brico Grant for the Arts, Brico Fund, Milwaukee, WI (with Kelly Parks Snyder and Rachael Griffin, Artists)

2017 Student Emerging, Professionals Grant, SGCI Southern Graphics Council International, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Atlanta, GA

2016 Best in Show, SGCI Southern Graphics Council International, Flux Portfolio, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

2016 Education Graduate Research Scholar Advanced Opportunity Fellowship, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

2014 International Education Fee Scholarship, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS (PEER REVIEWED)

2018 Two- Person Exhibition, Soñé una Milpa, Latino Chamber of Commerce, Madison, WI (with Maria Wood, UW-Madison, MFA graduate)

2018 Two- Person Exhibition, Soñé una Milpa, Art Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI (with Maria Wood, UW-Madison, MFA graduate)

2017 Two- Person Exhibition, Soñé una Milpa, Madison Public Library downtown branch, Madison, WI (with Maria Wood, UW-Madison, MFA graduate)

2017 Two- Person Exhibition, ¿Quiénes Somos?, Overture Center, Madison, WI (with Evelyn Galindo, Artist)

2017 Solo MA Thesis Exhibition, Seeking Asylum, Seventh Floor Gallery, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2016 Solo Exhibition, Baggage, Middleton High School Gallery, Middleton, WI

INTERNATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITIONS (PEER REVIEWED)

2014 Figure Drawings, Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy 

NATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITIONS (PEER REVIEWED)

2018 Excelling Beyond Moving to a Culture of Human Respect, Memorial Union, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, WI (with Kelly Parks Snyder and Rachael Griffin, Artists) 

2017 Nasty Woman, Frogman’s Print Workshop, Council Bluffs, IA (Curated by Ana Cortes, Northern Illinois MFA graduate, and Wendi Valladares, Northern Illinois MFA graduate)

2017 Terminus, Southern Graphics Council International, Atlanta, GA

2017 Surgere, University of Dallas, Irving, TX (Curated by Wendi Valladares, Northern Illinois MFA graduate)

2017 Surgere, ShiftSpace Gallery, Wichita, KS (Curated by Wendi Valladares, Northern Illinois MFA graduate)

2016 Surgere, Cadman Art Gallery, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS (Curated by Wendi Valladares, Northern Illinois MFA graduate)

2016 Surgere, Mid America Print Council conference, Louisville, Kentucky (Curated by Wendi Valladares, Northern Illinois MFA graduate)

2016 Impression, Ulrich Museum of Art- Wichita State University, Wichita, KS (Curated by Landon Schmidt, Northern Illinois MFA graduate)

2016 Flux, Southern Graphics Council International, Portland, OR

REGIONAL GROUP EXHIBITIONS (PEER REVIEWED)

2018 Gather the Women/Sagashus Levingston/Women Against Hate, Threshold Gallery, Madison, WI (with Kelly Parks Snyder and Rachael Griffin, Artists) 

2017 Moving Past Hate, Monona Terrace, Madison, WI (with Kelly Parks Snyder and Rachael Griffin, Artists)

2017 Middle Ground: MFA Printmaking Review Show, Art Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2017 The Space in Between, Art Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2017 Swap Meet, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

2017 Latinx Experience, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Law School Atrium, Madison, WI (Curated by the Latino Law School Association) 

2017 Evening of Dreamers, Centro Hispano, Madison, WI (Curated by Bethany Jurewicz, Founder, Curator, and Fundraiser of Visual Edible Audible Events)

2017 Women Workin’, School of Education Gallery, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI (Curated by Adriana Barrios, UW-Madison MFA candidate, and Sarah Stankey, UW-Madison MFA candidate)

2017 The First Edition, Red Gym Gallery, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2016 Graphics Show, Seventh Floor Gallery, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2016 Lasagna, Art Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2016 Standard Deviation, Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2015 Graphics Show, Seventh Floor Gallery, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2015 Emissary, Seventh Floor Gallery, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2014 Denton Map, Denton, TX (in collaboration with University of North Texas BFA graduates: Jaime Durham, Sarah Lutz, Maria Razo, and University of North Texas MFA graduate: Melody Vaughan)

2014 Seizure Salad, Voertman Art Gallery, Denton, TX

2014 Pretty in Ink, Lightwell Gallery, Denton, TX

2014 Britches Be Crazy, North Gallery, Denton, TX

2014 Real Print $hit, Basement Gallery, Dallas, TX

2014 Wet Pants Contest, North Gallery, Denton, TX

2012 52nd Annual Voertman Student Art Competition, UNT Art Gallery, Denton, TX (Juried by Clint Willour, Curator, Galveston Arts center)

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS (Note exhibition duplications)

WOMEN AGAINST HATE 

Women Against Hate, a traveling art exhibition sponsored by the Brico Fund, uses art as the platform for an anti-hate campaign.  Featuring drypoint and screen printed portraits of women activist leaders from Milwaukee, this activism-based project amplifies and projects female voices in an effort to combat current hate rhetoric directed at immigrant communities, racial and religious minorities, and other marginalized groups.

2018 Gather the Women/Sagashus Levingston/Women Against Hate, Threshold Gallery, Madison, WI (with Kelly Parks Snyder and Rachael Griffin, Artists)

2018 Excelling Beyond Moving to a Culture of Human Respect, Memorial Union, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, WI (with Kelly Parks Snyder and Rachael Griffin, Artists) 

2017 Moving Past Hate, Monona Terrace, Madison, WI (with Kelly Parks Snyder and Rachael Griffin, Artists) 

SOÑÉ UNA MILPA

Soñé una Milpa (I dreamed of a corn field), is a collaborative art project that acknowledges and celebrates the important, though often hidden experience of Latina immigrant women. MFA candidates J. Leigh Garcia and Maria Amalia Wood interviewed ten Latina immigrant women from the Madison community. After being invited into these women’s homes, Leigh and Maria were treated to corn-based meals from each woman’s home country while listening to the women share their stories. Using hand-made paper and printmaking processes, Leigh and Maria responded to each woman’s narrative. Soñé una Milpa is sponsored by the Sinaiko Frank Graduate Fellowship for a Woman in the Arts through UW- Madison’s Arts Institute, as well as a Tinker Nave Short Term Field Research Grant through UW-Madison’s Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies (LACIS) Program that will allow Maria and Leigh to conduct field research in Oaxaca, Mexico January of 2018.

2018 Two- Person Exhibition, Soñé una Milpa, Latino Chamber of Commerce, Madison, WI (with Maria Wood, UW-Madison, MFA graduate) 

2018 Two- Person Exhibition, Soñé una Milpa, Art Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI (with Maria Wood, UW-Madison, MFA graduate)

2017 Two- Person Exhibition, Soñé una Milpa, Madison Public Library downtown branch, Madison, WI (with Maria Wood, UW-Madison, MFA graduate)

POLY PLEDGE

Poly Pledge: A Public Art and Science Event Mixing Water and Plastic, was a symposium in conjunction with the Poly Pledge project. The symposium was sponsored by The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute in collaboration with Anne Moser, UW-Madison Senior Special Librarian, and Timothy Hoellein, Loyola University Assistant Professor and Aquatic Ecologist. During the symposium, Hoellein gave a lecture on the effects of micro-plastics on aquatic environments, followed by Bouchard and Garcia’s artist talks and presentation of the Poly Pledge project.

2016 Poly Pledge: A Public Art and Science Event Mixing Water and Plastic, symposium sponsored by The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Goodnight Hall, Madison, WI (symposium in collaboration with Anne Moser, UW-Madison Senior Special Librarian, Pete Bouchard, UW- Madison MFA graduate, and Timothy Hoellein, Loyola University Assistant Professor and Aquatic Ecologist)

2016 Performance, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Library Mall, Madison, WI (performance in collaboration with Pete Bouchard, UW-Madison, MFA graduate)

2016 Performance, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Campus Mall, Madison, WI (performance in collaboration with Pete Bouchard, UW-Madison, MFA graduate)

2016 Performance, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Goodnight Hall, Madison, WI (performance in collaboration with Pete Bouchard, UW-Madison, MFA graduate)

2016 Performance, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Allen Centennial Gardens, Madison, WI (performance in collaboration with Pete Bouchard, UW-Madison, MFA graduate)

2016 Performance, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Dejope Hall, Madison, WI (performance in collaboration with Pete Bouchard, UW-Madison, MFA graduate)

INVITATIONAL PORTFOLIO PROJECTS (PEER REVIEWED)

2018 A Short History of Male-Pattern Baldness (Curated by Christina Bartonicek and Mariah Pfeiffer)

2018 The 8th Annual Big Ten Print Exchange (Curated by John Paul McCaughey, artist)

2017 John Hitchcock: You May Have Heard of Me (Curated by Advanced Printmaking Class, University of Wisconsin- Madison)

2017 Nasty Woman (Curated by Wendi Valladares, Northern Illinois MFA graduate, and Ana Cortes, Northern Illinois MFA graduate)

2016 Surgere (Curated by Wendi Valladares, Northern Illinois MFA graduate) 

2016 Impression (Curated by Landon Schmidt, Northern Illinois MFA graduate)

2016 Fair Warning (Curated by Luke Johnson, UW-Madison BFA graduate)

2014 P.A.N.T.S. Print Exchange (Curated by club members, University of North Texas)

2014 Playlist (Curated by Andy DeCaen, Associate Professor of Printmaking and Printmaking Area Coordinator, University of North Texas, Denton, TX)

2013 Flora and Fauna (Curated by Lari Gibbons, Associate Professor of Printmaking, University of North Texas, Denton, TX)

2013 Prinstastrophe! (Curated by Lari Gibbons, Associate Professor of Printmaking, University of North Texas, Denton, TX)

ARTIST LECTURES/DEMONSTRATIONS

2017 Artist Lecture, Capital Lakes, Madison, WI, November, 4.

2017 Artist Lecture, Visiting Artist Colloquium, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Elvehjem Building, Madison, WI, October 4.

2017 Printmaking Demonstration, Reductive Relief, ART 306 Relief Printmaking, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI, October 1.

2017 Printmaking Demonstration, Reductive Screen Print, ART 536 Advanced Serigraphy, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI, March 12.

2016 Artist Lecture, ART 212 Drawing II/Concepts and Methods of Drawing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, February 10.

2016 Poly Pledge: A Public Art and Science Event Mixing Water and Plastic, symposium sponsored by The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Goodnight Hall, Madison, WI (symposium in collaboration with Anne Moser, UW-Madison Senior Special Librarian, Pete Bouchard, UW- Madison MFA graduate, and Timothy Hoellein, Loyola University Assistant Professor and Aquatic Ecologist)

2016 Printmaking Demonstration, Reductive Relief, ART 306 Relief Printmaking, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI, March 18.

2015 Printmaking Demonstration, Reductive Relief, ART 306 Relief Printmaking, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI, October 4.

2015 Artist Lecture, Capitol Lakes, Madison, WI, November 9.

PUBLICATIONS AS AUTHOR

“The Violent Environments of the Mexico-U.S. Border,” Edge Effects, Center for Culture, History and Environment, Nelson Institute, University of Wisconsin- Madison, January 2018. http://edgeeffects.net/immigration-art/

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Holly Henschen, “Artists Weigh in on Immigration: An Overture show brings attention to migrants’ plight,” Isthmus, October 5, 2017. 

Jonathan Gramling, “Printmaking and Politics,” Capitol City Hues, October 2, 2017. 

Robyn Norton, “On View: ‘¿Quiénes somos? (Who Are We?)’,” Wisconsin State Journal, October 1, 2017. 

Celeste Benzschawel, “Conversation Starter: UW grad student shares stories of immigration through art installment,” The Badger Herald, February 21, 2017. 

Morgan Grunow, “UW graduate student’s art allows people to travel across the border in Humanities,” The Badger Herald, February 20, 2017. 

Marie Zhuikov, “Take the Poly Pledge: Art Students Hold Event to Encourage Use of Canvas Bags vs. Plastic Bags,” University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, April 18, 2016. 

Lari Gibbons, “Congratulations J. Leigh Garcia! ” UNT Printmaking Blog (blog). May 1, 2015. 

Lari Gibbons, “Thank You to Intern Leigh Garcia.” P.R.I.N.T Press Blog (blog). May 8, 2014. 

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

2018 Wisconsin Union Art Collection, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2018 Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA

2018 Southern Graphics Council International

2016 Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

2014 Printmaking Educational Collection, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

2013 Printmaking Educational Collection, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

PPROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS

2016-present Member, SGCI Southern Graphics Council International

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2017 Secretary, Fresh Hot Press, Student Printmaking Club, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2016-2017 Co-President, Fresh Hot Press, Student Printmaking Club, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2017 Juror, Visual Arts Classic, Wisconsin Art Education Association, Madison, WI

2015-2016 Member, Fresh Hot Press, Student Printmaking Club, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2014-2015 Co-President, Printmaking Association of North Texas Students, Student Print Club, University of North Texas, Denton, TX

2014 Secretary, Printmaking Association of North Texas Students, Student Print Club, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 

2013 Member, Printmaking Association of North Texas Students, Student Print Club, University of North Texas, Denton, TX