Leeza Meksin to Join the Department of Art Faculty

August 4, 2020

Leeza Meksin, an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, installation, textiles, public art, and multiples, will join the Department of Art faculty as an assistant professor, effective July 1, 2021.

"I am very pleased that Leeza will be joining us next year," says Michael Ashkin, associate professor and chair of the Department of Art. "She brings a multi-disciplinary practice which will uniquely complement and foster work already of great interest to our students, and is comfortable in both the gallery world and in the public sphere. Leeza's work explores intersections of painting, sculpture, installation, architecture, fiber arts, and the body — with special attention and interest in issues surrounding gender, feminism, queerness, as well as immigration, belonging, and loss. As such, I see her work connecting to practices and studies across the college and university in ways that will only strengthen the cross-disciplinary curriculum of both our undergraduate and graduate programs."

Meksin has created site-specific installations for several institutions including deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts (2019–20); Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City (2018–19); National Academy of Design, New York City (2018); Columbia University Lenfest Center for the Arts, New York City (2017); Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City (2016); The Kitchen, New York City (2015); BRIC Media Arts, Brooklyn, New York (2015); Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts (2014), and a National Endowment for the Arts funded project in New Haven, Connecticut, for Artspace (2012).

In 2015, Meksin was a recipient of an emerging artist grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, and in 2013 she cofounded Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run gallery and curatorial collective in Brooklyn. Her work has been featured in BombThe New York Times, Hyperallergic, Chicago Tribune, and The Village Voice, among other publications. 

Meksin has taught full-time at Columbia University School of the Arts since 2015; previously, she taught at Mass Art, Ohio State University, Denison University, Temple University Tyler School of Art, Purchase College, and Yale University, and elsewhere. She received a joint B.A./M.A. in comparative literature and humanities from the University of Chicago (2000), a B.F.A. from School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2005), and an M.F.A. in painting and printmaking from Yale University (2007).

Meksin was born in the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the U.S. with her family in 1989. She currently lives in New York City. 

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