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MoCNA Artist in Residence to lead studio tour, insightful lecture

28 Mar 2014 10:23 AM
MoCNA Artist in Residence to lead studio tour, insightful lecture

In addition to the breathtaking scenery that can be seen throughout the Southwestern United States, the region is also highly regarded for its rich history and vibrant culture. In Santa Fe, New Mexico's popular capital city, residents can enjoy viewing countless works of unique art as they visit the myriad galleries and explore longstanding working studios. 

This Sunday, one of the metropolitan area's most respected institutions, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, will host an upscale event for those individuals hoping to learn more about its current Local Artist in Residence, Courtney M. Leonard. If you consider yourself somewhat of an art enthusiast, and are interested in getting an exclusive look at the cutting-edge work being produced within The City Different, you would be remiss to neglect participating in this upcoming affair.

Studio tour, lecture to entertain, educate
From noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, local art aficionados will be given the chance to tour Leonard's studio at the MoCNA's location at 108 Cathedral Place. During that period - from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. - she will give a talk to those in attendance. A accomplished sculptor, painter and multimedia artist, her most current work embodies the different definitions of the term "Breach," for which her present collection is entitled. The pieces she has recently produced represent the exploration and documentation of the historical ties to water, whales and material sustainability. 

As a current resident of Santa Fe, Leonard is also a respected lecturer and teacher at the Institute of American Indian Arts, in addition to being a professional artist. Her past work traditionally focuses on the evolution of culture, image and language through a number of mixed-media creations using audio, video and tangible objects. Along with her direct connections to Southwestern Native American culture, she has also had the chance to serve as a filmmaker for the Shinnecock Nation of Long Island, N.Y.

Individuals hoping to attend this enriching event can enjoy complementary admission. Those interested in learning more about the occasion can contact the MoCNA by calling (505) 983-1777 or visiting its official website. As the country's only museum dedicated to the collecting, displaying and interpreting of the most progressive work by contemporary Native American artists, the establishment has widely regarded as one of the city's best.

Leonard boasts extensive résumé, body of work
While her upcoming studio tour and lecture at Santa Fe's MoCNA is being anxiously awaited by many local art enthusiasts, it is hardly the first time Leonard will be tasked with speaking in front of a large crowd. She has given multiple lectures and been exhibited internationally, having recently been featured at Toi Ngapuhi Northland College in New Zealand, the United Kingdom's University of the Creative Arts Farnham campus, the University of Rostock in Germany, Washington, D.C.'s National Museum of the American Indian and Eastern Connecticut University, as well as the Museum of Art and Design and Tribeca Film Institute in New York City, in addition to Santa Fe's Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

Prior to achieving her status as a celebrated international artist, Leonard studied art and museum studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where she received her associate's degree in fine art in 2000; Alfred University, where she obtained her bachelor's in fine arts in 2002; as well as the Rhode Island School of Design, where she acquired her master's in fine arts in 2008. 

From now until Tuesday, April 22, her work can be seen in the Gray, Matters exhibition within the Visual Arts Gallery at Santa Fe Community College. And, next year - from March 26 to June 15 - Leonard will participate in the IAIA's first public art biennial.