26 Temmuz 2012 Perşembe

Leslie Bender

My work for the last 30 years has involved commissioned portraiture, theater backdrops, public and private murals, and educational programs - both classroom teaching and project leadership through work with groups. But the main body of my work - paintings, drawings, prints and sketches - has concerned situations and ideas that are supercharged with life energy and have drawn me like a magnet from the day I first picked up a paintbrush. These include the edge of the ocean, social interactions, the symphony orchestra, the symbolic power and grace of horses, and the many implications of allegory, dream and myth. In each, I invest my passions, my intuition and whatever knowledge and experience I have gained to fulfill the purpose of the artist in any society --i.e. to interpret our individual and communal life experience and to reach towards expressing universal and spiritual truths.
 Artist Bio
Woodstock Artists Association Museum Woodstock, NY                                      2008
James Cox Gallery, Willow, NY                                                                                2008
Coffey Gallery Kingston NY                                                                                      2000
R & F Encaustics, Kingston, NY                                                                                1998
Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge, NY                                               1997
James Cox Gallery, Woodstock, NY                                                               1996,1991

Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz         MFA Show                              2009
New York State Museum, Albany, New York           Mohawk-Hudson Regional       1998,                                                                                                                               1995,1996
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia                                                    1998
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY      “New York Series the              1991                          
                                                                                      IX: Message to Future”    
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY                  “Committed to Print”    1988
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada                          “Committed to Print”    1988
Peace Museum, Chicago, Illinois                                “Committed to Print”    1988
New York State Museum, Albany, NY                     “Committed to Print”    1988
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, NY           “MetaManhattan”                     1984
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY                                                                        2011
Be Gallery, High Falls, NY                                                                                         2009
Windham Fine Arts, Windham, NY                                                                  2006, 2009
Chase/Randall Gallery, Andes, NY                                                                          2006
Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Poughkeepsie, NY                                                           2006
Thompson Hine Law Firm, NYC, NY                         “Intrepid”                              2007
“M” Gallery, Catskill, NY                                                                                          2007
Albert Shahinian Fine Arts, Poughkeepsie, NY                                                         2004
Lobby Galleries, Durst Organization, NY, NY                                                        2000
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NY, NY          101st Annual Exhibition            1991

Sunrise Mural, private residence Woodstock, NY                                                   2009
Netherwood Elementary School Mural Project, Hyde Park, NY                             2006
Sleuths Mystery Theater, Orlando, Florida                                                             2005
Employees Appreciation Mural, Swim King,  Kingston, NY                2004, 2005, 2006
P.E.A.C.E. Community Mural Project, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY              2002
St. Mark A. M. E. Church, Kingston, NY                                                                 1997
Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY                                                         1989
Cosimo’s On Union Restaurant, Newburgh, NY                                                      2002
Bread Alone Bakery, Boiceville, NY                                                             1992
Pooor Freddie’s Mud Hole Tire Repair, Jamaica, NY                         1983, 1995, 2003
CityArts Workshop- 4 Murals in Queens and Brooklyn,                               1981-1983
Old Bridge Civic Center, Old Bridge, New Jersey                                                     1979
Roosevelt Veteran’s Hospital, Metuchen, New Jersey                                              1978

Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY
Fairview Art Museum, Springville, Utah
Dutchess Community College, Hyde Park, NY
Fyns Grafiske Vaerksted, Odense, Danmark
Woodstock Historical Society, Woodstock, NY
Manhattan String Quartet
Colonial Williamsburg Hospitality Group, Williamsburg, Virginia
Coq Au Vin Restaurant, Orlando, Florida
Private Collections

Sojourner Truth Fellowship, SUNY at New Paltz, NY
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Virginia
S.O.S. Grant NYFA
Woodstock Artist Association
Barbara Bertoli Award for Drawing
NYFA in conjunction with The Kleinert, Woodstock, NY
Change, Inc.
On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City. 2009
Angry Graphics, Peregrine Books
Committed to Print, Museum of Modern Art. 1986
Taste, Culinary Institute 1991
Antiques & Arts Weekly 8/91
New York Times, 10/7/82
Arts & Sciences, 5/29/91
Newsday 1983

SUNY New Paltz New Paltz, NY                    MFA, Printmaking                    2009
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY             BFA                                        1975
Cobalt Studios, White Lake, NY                    Graduate, Scenic Painting         1995
Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, NY   printmaking classes                1986-9
Arts Students League                                    various                            1968-1973

Born in 1952, Leslie Bender grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 1975. Since then, she has pursued a notable artistic career in and around the New York City area. Her studio is currently located in New Paltz, New York and she is an active member of a vigorous Hudson Valley community of accomplished artists.

Her works have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, along with the Chrysler Museum in Virginia and the Glenbow Museum in Canada. She has also staged numerous one-woman art shows in the New York City and Hudson Valley areas. She is a graduate of the Scenic Painting School at Cobalt Studios and has subsequently designed numerous backdrops for the Ulster Ballet, the Woodstock Youth Theater and other theaters. Her murals appear in such places as the Culinary Institute of America and other institutions, along with private homes, restaurants, businesses, public works and churches. Her largest project to date has been a 200-foot long mural painted by the students in one of her classes at SUNY.


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