My Nature Ceramics

 

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James Leslie
332 Afton Ave Akron, Ohio 44272 
330-389-9451    

Education
2007             M.F.A (Ceramics) Kent State University, Kent, OH
2006-07        Kent- Blossom Ceramic Art Workshop, Kent, OH
2007             Graduate Presentation National Council for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA),
                     Louisville, KY
2002             B.F.A (Ceramics, (Cum Laude) The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
                     Arthur E. Baggs Memorial Scholarship, The Ohio State University Trustees
                     Scarlet and Gray Scholarship
1997-99        Ceramics, Painting and Drawing Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
                     Undergraduate Research and Creativity and College of Liberal Arts Alumni Scholarship,
                     Creative and  Performing Arts Award
Selected Exhibitions
2016                (45th Annual Juried Art Exhibition)(Second Place), Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, Ohio  
(The New Now) Artist Archives of The Western Reserve, Tri-C's Gallery East, Highland Hills, Ohio 
                         (Artists of Rubber City 26th Annual Juried Show) The Box Gallery, Summit Art Space, Akron, Ohio
                        (Akron Art Prize) Summit Art Space, Akron, Ohio
                        (Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition) Cox Fine Arts Center, Columbus, Ohio 
                       (Fresh 2016) (First Place) Summit Art Space, Akron, Ohio 
                       (Members Show) Artist of Rubber City, Akron, Ohio 
                       (Members Show) The Artist Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio 
                       (Ceramics Invitational Exhibition) River Gallery, Rocky River, Ohio 
2015               (Akron Art Prize) Summit Art Space, Akron, Ohio
       (Fresh Art) (Honorable Mention), Summit Art Space
                       (Members Show) Artist of Rubber City, Akron, Ohio
                       (Members Show) The Artist Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio 
2013 -14        (Sculpture In The Park) Loveland High Plains Art Council, Loveland, CO
                      (Member Show) Artist Of Rubber City, Akron, Ohio
                      (St. Paul, MN Show) American Craft Council 
2012              (Winterfair Columbus) Columbus, Ohio
                      (Winterfair Cincinnati)(Award of Excellence)Covington, KY
                      (The 28th Annual Juried Show)(Marc Moon Award Best In Show) Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
                      (Biennial Member Show) Artist of Rubber City The Box Gallery, Akron, OH
                      (Works in 3-D Show) (First Place) Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
                      (Canvas and Clay, The Ohio Landscape) (Solo Show) The Box Gallery, Akron, Ohio
2011              (Kaleidoscope 2011 Exhibition) (Honorable Mention) Summit Art Space, Akron, Ohio
                     (Canvas and Clay, The Mid-West Landscape) (Solo Show) Continuum Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN
                     (100 Teapots V) Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
2010             (Continuum Gallery Exhibition) Fort Wayne, IN
                    (National Art Encounter 2010) The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL
                    (Fresh Art) Summit Art Space, Akron, OH
                    (A New May Show) Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH
                    (My Nature) (Solo Show) Zenclay Galleries, Morgantown, WVA
2009            (My Nature) (Solo Show) Zenclay Galleries, Morgantown, WVA
2008            (The View) Rosewood Gallery, Kettering, OH
                    (All Sculpture Show) Akron Art Alliance, Summit Art Space, Akron, OH
                    (The Four States Ceramic Exhibition) (Best in Show) Zen Clay Studio, 
                     Morgantown, WVA
2007            (Out of The Box) Summit Art Space, Akron, OH
                    (ICMEA Emerging Artists) (Purchase Award and Permanent Collection)
                     International Ceramic Magazine Editors Association, Fupinjg, China
                    (Fresh Art) Summit Art Space, Akron, OH
2007            (TANK Art Exhibition) The Artist Network of Kent, Kent, OH
                    (Cain Park Arts Festival) Cleveland Heights, OH
2006            (Cain Park Arts Festival) (Judges Selection Award) Cleveland Heights, OH
                    (Director’s Choice) Clay, Lakeland Community College, Lakeland, OH
2005            (Cain Park Arts Festival), Cleveland Heights, OH  
                    (Las Olas Art Festival) Fort Lauderdale, FL
                    (The Beaux Festival of Art) Coral Gables, FL
                   (Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival), Upper Arlington, OH
                   (Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival) (Second Place), Upper Arlington, OH
                   (The Beaux Festival of Art) (First Place Ceramics) Coral Gables, FL
                   (Las Olas Art Festival), Fort Lauderdale, FL
                   (Annual Brookfield-Milwaukee Art Festival), Milwaukee, WI
                   (Annual Columbus-Worthington Art Festival), Columbus, OH
                   (Buffalo Grove Invitational Art Festival), (Award of Merit), Buffalo Grove, IL
                   (Annual Shadyside Art Festival on Walnut Street), Pittsburgh, PA
                  (Fountain Square Festival of Art), (First Place Sculpture), Evanston, IL
                  (Port Clinton Art Festival), Port Clinton, IL
                  (47th Annual South Haven Art Festival), South Haven, MI
                  (Royal Oak Clay & Glass Festival), Royal Oak, MI
                  (Art in the Park), Birmingham, MI
2004          (Cain Park Arts Festival) (Judges Selection Award) Cleveland Heights, OH
                  (Art in The Park) (Best in Show Ceramics), Birmingham, MI
                  (Holiday Art Festival) (Best in Show Ceramics), Farmington Hills, MI
                  (Annual Village Art Fair) (Best in Show Ceramics), Rochester Hills, MI
                  (Annual BAAC Summer Art Festival) (Best in Show), Barrington, IL
                  (National Juried Cup Show), Kent, OH
                  (Earth in Balance Clay Competition) (Honorable Mention) Rosewood Gallery,    Kettering, OH
2003          (The Valley Art Center Annual Fine Arts Show) (Honorable Mention) Chagrin Falls, OH
                  (The Downtown Arts & Cultural Festival) (Best in Show) Cleveland, OH
                  (The Columbus Arts Festival), Columbus, OH
Painting Exhibitions
2012         (Paint Cuyahoga Falls Day) Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
2011         (Penisula Plein Aire) Penisula Art Academy, Penisula, OH
Articles, Reviews, Photographs of Works In Publication
2012         Shinn, Dorothy. (Canvas and Clay, The Ohio Landscape) Akron Beacon Journal, July, pE1
2011         Shinn, Dorothy. (Kaleidoscope 2011) Akron Beacon Journal, December, pE1
2010         Shinn, Dorothy. (Fresh Art 2010) Akron Beacon Journal, May,pE8
2007         Shinn, Dorothy. (Fresh Art 2007) Akron Beacon Journal, August, p29
2004         Yalkut, Jud. (Earth in Balance) Dayton City Paper, November
2003         Reid, Sue. (Back to Earth) Chagrin Valley Times, December
2003         Dillon, Pamela. (Earth in Balance). Ceramics Monthly, April, p 47
Professional Activities
2010         Workshop Demonstration Zenclay Galleries, Morgantown, WV
2009         Workshop Demonstration Student Arts Center International (SACI), Florence, Italy
                 Raku Workshop La Meridiana International Center of Ceramics, Certaldo, Italy
                 Workshop Demonstration Lorenzo de Medici School of Art, Florence, Italy
                 Presentation Lorenzo de Medici School of Art, Florence, Italy
                 Presentation Student Arts Center International (SACI), Florence Italy
2008        Workshop Demonstration Student Arts Center International (SACI), Florence, Italy
                Raku Workshop La Meridiana International Center of Ceramics, Certaldo, Italy
                Presentation Lorenzo de Medici School of Art, Florence, Italy
                Presentation Student Arts Center International (SACI), Florence Italy
Gallery Representation
2002       Elements of Art Gallery, Columbus, OH
               Living with Design Exhibition, The Blue Cube Gallery, Columbus, OH
Teaching Experience
2009       Visiting Professor, Lorenzo de Medici School of Art, Florence, Italy
2009       International Student Escort, Office of International Affairs, Kent State University
2007-08  Adjunct Faculty (Instructor of Record) Ceramics, Kent State University, Kent, OH
2008       Computer Technician, Kent State University Florence Program, Florence, Italy
Technical Abilities
Kiln Construction and Rebuilding
Masonry, Carpentry, Electrical and Plumbing
 Professional Organizations
(AoRC) Artists of Rubber City 
College Art Association (CAA)
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)
The Akron Area Art Alliance (AAAA)
Potter’s Council The American Ceramic Society
American Craft Council
Curative Exhibitions
2008       (My Nature, Your Nature), Ellis School Armory, NCECA Pittsburgh, PA
Work Experience
1980-99 Architectural Stone and Brick Mason. Designed and constructed exterior and interior walls, walkways, foyers, staircases, waterfalls and sculptures
International Travel
2012        Melbourne, Cairne, Australia
2010        Paris, France
2009        Athens, Greece
                Florence, Italy
                London, England
                Paris, France
                Brussels, Belgium
                Dublin, Ireland
                Marrakech, Morocco
2008        Barcelona, Spain
               Amsterdam, Holland
               Florence, Italy
               Edinburg, Scotland
               London, England
               Paris, France
2007      Tunisia, Tunis
              Paris, France
              London, England
              Lucerne, Switzerland
              Helsinki, Finland
              Stockholm, Sweden
1986      Kingston, Jamaica
              Cozumel, Mexico
              Grand Cayman Islands
1984      Barbados
              Trinadad 
Current Employment
2003-Present  Studio Artist