about - lizleggett

My painting is predominantly process-oriented, and my canvases serve as an arena for speed, tension, destruction, rebuilding and grappling with expectations of conformity and control. Surface accidents and spontaneous forms are encouraged as I often apply the materials aggressively and haphazardly. I then may refine areas to establish structure and suggest imagery. However, I continuously play with abstraction and ambiguity so the work remains open for interpretation, meaning and an overall visceral response. Ultimately, I strive to relay a feeling of exaltation, joy and hope.

Liz Leggett’s art has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she has participated in artist-in-residence programs in Israel, Spain, The Pyrenees Mountains, Nova Scotia, Saratoga Springs and most recently for the second time at Weir Farm in Wilton, Connecticut. She received her BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College and MFA at the Maine College of Art. Liz has been a guest lecturer, participated on discussion panels, taught painting and has received awards and grants for her work. She is a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists as well as the Artists Collective of Westport and is the Exhibition Manager for the Westport Arts Center.


Education

Bachelor of Science
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1994
Studio Art Major, Art History Minor
concentration in painting & drawing

Master of Fine Art
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, 2006
concentration in painting, drawing & critical theory

Silvermine Guild of Artists
New Canaan, CT, Inducted 2018


Artist Residencies

Weir Farm, Wilton, CT, 2012 & 2017
Baie St. Marie, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2016
Fundación Valparaiso, Almería, Spain, 2004
Centre d’Art i Natura, Catalunya, Spain, 2003
Summer Six, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2001, 2003
Arad Arts Project, Arad, Israel, 1997-1998


Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions

Highlight Gramercy Park, The National Arts Club, New York, NY (January 2019)
New Members Exhibition, Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT (January 2019)
What She Hides, Westport, CT (Spring 2019)
Head Over Heels, Newton Roux Gallery, Westport, CT 2018
Wearable Books Invitational, One Main Street, Westport, Ct 2018
Remixer, Sconset Square Gallery, Westport, CT, 2018
Reveries, Collective Downtown Gallery, Westport, CT, 2018
Chromatic, Maritime Garage Gallery, Norwalk, CT, 2017
Pop-Up Invitational Exhibition, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT, 2016
Dreamscapes, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT, 2015 Savor,
The Beechwood-Blue Gallery at Blue Lemon, Westport, CT, 2015
Perception Illusion MAGIC, Westport Art Center, Westport, CT, 2014
Abstractions - Large and Small, Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA, 2008
The Panorama Project, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY, 2008
Flavor Savers, Ansonia Windows, New York, NY, 2008
Silent Auction Invitational Exhibition, New Jersey Center for the Arts, Summit, NJ, 2007 & 2008 
The Pathos of Ecstasy, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, 2007
East Coast Painters, Brian Marki Gallery, Portland, OR, 2007
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, 2007
Quinta Essentia: Three Abstract Painters, Borowicz Gallery, South Dartmouth, MA, 2007
The Artists of Jackson Heights, Krasdale Gallery, White Plains, NY, 2007
Artist Viewing Program, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, 2007
Small World, Aidan Savoy Gallery, New York, NY New, 2005
Abstract Painters, Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA, 2005
Abre Tus Ojos, Aidan Savoy Gallery, New York, NY, 2004
New York, New York, Aidan Savoy Gallery, New York, NY, 2004
Invitational Alumni Exhibition, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2004
International Survey, CURB Gallery, New York, NY, 2003
New Paintings, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York, NY, 2003
Women Painters - A Survey, Pratt Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2003
Collective, 69a Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2003
International Painters, Horton Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2003
Queens Emerging Artist Exhibition, AQA Gallery, Forest Hills, NY, 2003


Awards, Distinctions & Experience

Lecturer, Summer Six, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2006
Scholarship Recipient, Albert Murray Arts Educational Fund, Adamsville, Ohio, 2004-2006
Scholarship Recipient, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, 2004-2006
Teaching Assistant, Summer Six, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2003
Recipient, NYC Emerging Artist Award, Forest Hills, NY, 2002
Recipient, Best Auction Catalogue Award, Numismatic Literary Guild, New York, NY, 2002
Volunteer Artist, Free Arts for Abused Children, New York, NY, 2000-2005
Recipient, Extraordinary Merit Award, Numismatic Literary Guild, New York, NY, 2000
Artist’s Assistant, Dennis Oppenheim, New York, NY, 1994-1995
Gallery Director, Case Center Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1992-1994
Photography Professor’s Assistant, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1992-1994

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