CV

EDUCATION

2018 MFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (expected May 2018)

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

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

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

2014 Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy (studio art courses)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017 Instructor, Wheelhouse Studios, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

(courses taught: Screenprinting, Fall 2017, Relief Printmaking, Fall 2017) 

2017 Instructor, Continuing Education University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

(courses taught: Relief Printmaking, Fall 2017)

2017 Instructor, Continuing Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

          (courses taught: Screenprinting, Spring 2017, Relief Printmaking, Spring 2017)

2016 Instructor, Continuing Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (courses taught: Screenprinting, Fall 2016, and Relief Printmaking, Fall 2016)

2015-2016 Assistant to John Hitchcock, Associate Dean for the Arts and Professor at the University of Wisconsin- Madison School of Education, 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

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

2017 Student Emerging Professionals Grant, Southern Graphics Council International, Atlanta, GA

2016 Best in Show, Southern Graphics Council International: Flux Portfolio, Portland, OR

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

SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS (PEER REVIEWED)

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

REGIONAL EXHIBITIONS (PEER REVIEWED)

2017 Evening of Dreamers, Centro Hispano, Madison, WI (curated by Bethany Jurewicz, Founder, Curator, and Fundraiser of VEA Events)

2017 Women Workin’, School of Education Gallery, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI (curated by Adriana Barrios, UW-Madison graduate student, and Sarah Stankey, UW-Madison graduate student)

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, 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 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 at Galveston Arts center) 

NATIONAL EXHIBITIONS (PEER REVIEWED)

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

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

2017 Surgere, ShiftSpace Gallery, Wichita, KS (curated by Wendi Valladares, Northern Illinois graduate student)

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

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

2016 Impression, Ulrich Museum of Art- Wichita State, UniversityWichita, KS (curated by Landon Schmidt, Northern Illinois graduate student)

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS (PEER REVIEWED)

2017 Terminus, Southern Graphics Council International, Atlanta, GA

2016 Flux, Southern Graphics Council International, Portland, OR

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

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS

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 water librarian, Pete Bouchard, UW-Madison graduate student, and Timothy Hoellein, Loyola University biology professor) 2016 Poly Pledge, University of Wisconsin- Madison, library mall, Madison, WI (performance in collaboration with Pete Bouchard, UW-Madison graduate student)

2016 Poly Pledge, University of Wisconsin- Madison, campus mall, Madison, WI (performance in collaboration with Pete Bouchard, UW-Madison graduate student)

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

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

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

2014 Denton Map- Steamroller Woodcut, Denton, TX (in collaboration with Jaime Durham, Sarah Lutz, Maria Razo, Melody Vaughan)

INVITATIONAL PORTFOLIO PROJECTS

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 graduate student, and Ana Cortes, Northern Illinois graduate student)

2016 Surgere (curated by Wendi Valladares, Northern Illinois graduate student) 

2016 Impression (curated by Landon Schmidt, Northern Illinois graduate student)

2016 Fair Warning (curated by Luke Johnson, UW-Madison undergraduate student)

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/PRESENTATIONS/DEMONSTRATIONS

2017 Lecture/Presentation, Visiting Artist Colloquium, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Elvehjem Building, Madison, WI

2017 Reductive Relief Demonstration, Introduction to Relief Class, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2017 Reductive Screenprinting Demonstration, Advanced Serigraphy and Relief Class, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI 

2016 Lecture/Presentation, Drawing II Class, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

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 water librarian, Pete Bouchard, UW-Madison graduate student, and Timothy Hoellein, Loyola University biology professor)

2016 Reductive Relief Demonstration, Introduction to Relief Class, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2015 Reductive Relief Demonstration, Introduction to Relief Class, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI

2015 Lecture/Presentation, Capitol Lakes (assisted living facility), Madison, WI

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Holly Henschen, “Artists Weigh in on Immigration: An Overture show brings attention to migrants’ plight,” Isthmus, October 5, 2017. https://isthmus.com/arts/visual-arts/quienes-somos-j-leigh-garcia-evelyn-galindo/ 

Jonathan Gramling, “Printmaking and Politics,” Capitol City Hues, October 2, 2017. http://www.capitalcityhues.com/100217LatinoArtFair.html

Robyn Norton, “On View: ‘¿Quiénes somos? (Who Are We?)’,” Wisconsin State Journal, October 1, 2017. http://host.madison.com/wsj/entertainment/arts_and_theatre/visual/on-view-qui-nes-somos-who-are-we/article_226d2b1e-3f6a-550d-a705-729402c33f9b.html

Celeste Benzschawel, “Conversation Starter: UW grad student shares stories of immigration through art installment,” The Badger Herald, February 21, 2017. https://badgerherald.com/artsetc/2017/02/21/conversation-starter-uw-grad-student-shares-stories-of-immigration-through-art-installment/ 

Morgan Grunow, “UW graduate student’s art allows people to travel across the border in Humanities,” The Badger Herald, February 20, 2017. https://badgerherald.com/artsetc/2017/02/20/uw-graduate-students-art-allows-people-to-travel-across-the-border-in-humanities/

Lari Gibbons, “Congratulations J. Leigh Garcia! ” UNT Printmaking Blog (blog). May 1, 2015. http://untprintmakingblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/congratulations-j-leigh-garcia.html

Lari Gibbons, “Thank You to Intern Leigh Garcia.” P.R.I.N.T Press Blog (blog). May 8, 2014. http://untprintpress.blogspot.com/2014/05/thank-you-to-intern-leigh-garcia.html

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

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

University of North Texas, Denton, TX (2014)

University of North Texas, Denton, TX (2013)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2017 Secretary, Fresh Hot Press, Madison WI

2016-2017 Co-President, Fresh Hot Press, Madison, WI

2017 Juror, Visual Arts Classic, Madison, WI

2016-present Member, Southern Graphics Council International

2015-2016 Member, Fresh Hot Press, Madison, WI

2014-2015 Co-President, Printmaking Association of North Texas Students, Denton, TX

2014 Secretary, Printmaking Association of North Texas Students, Denton, TX

2013 Member, Printmaking Association of North Texas Students, Denton, TX