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Gallery talk by artist: 4:15-5 p.m.
Reception to follow: 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Leslie Bellavance is an artist, teacher, and writer. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, she grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. As a student she traveled in Europe and lived in Rome, Italy. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree Summa Cum Laude from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Chicago.
Bellavance has written and lectured extensively on contemporary art. Her artwork has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She has received numerous grants and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship.
Her book, analemmic was published by Nexus Press through a residency in Atlanta, Georgia.
In a forty-year career in higher education she has served as a professor of art in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also served as head of the Photography Program, director of Graduate Studies in Art, and interim associate dean. She also served as professor of art and director of the School of Art and Art History at James Madison University, and she served as professor of art and dean of the School of Art and Design in the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
Bellavance is currently a president/professor emerita at Kendall College of Art and Design and continues her art practice where she lives in an oak forest outside the city limits of Grand Rapids, Michigan.