Leanne Shreves Stevenson (1939 - 1987)

Birth date: 1939 Death date: 1987  
Birth location: Peoria, Illinois Death location: Whitewater, Wisconsin  
Media: Drawing , Graphic Art , Painting Web site:
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Biographical Brief

Studied:
Circa 1960, attended Knox College,  University of Chicago extension
1963, BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1965, MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Student Awards:
Prizes for painting, an assistantship,
1964, John Quincy Adams Foreign Traveling Fellowship used for travel in Europe
Work Experiences:
1966, began teaching, University of Wisconsin-Whitwater (UW-Whitewater)
Taught drawing, painting, printmaking (intaglio) and occasionally art appreciation and basic art courses.
1974, visiting assistant professor, UW-Madison
Led a UW-Whitewater study abroad tour to Spain
1979, Prof. of Art, UW-Whitewater 
1982, awarded a sabbatical  leave and state research grant
Began to explore low-fire ceramic sculpture as a means of combining her interest in color and content with a sculptural approach adapting her unique imagery to a new medium.
1980s, concentrated on private commissions of paintings, drawings and ceramic sculpture.
Final project, UW-Whitewater,  mural at The Performing Arts Center, a 200 foot mural that was a play on the Seurat painting Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte this mural was created by students, staff and faculty together.
Exhibitions:
1960s, (student years), Union League Show of Chicago, and other student shows
circa 1966, 35th Madison Salon Of Art and the 54th Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors Exhibition
1967, 70th Annual Exhibition of the Artists of Chicago, received the Logan Medal and a $1500.00 award
Her work Events provoked major national controversy when it was censored by the Art Institute and was not exhibited despite her receiving the Logan award.
1973, prominent exhibition, Chicago Art Institute, received a $500.00 award and critical acclaim for a painting from her Events series
Maintained gallery associations in Chicago and continued to exhibit in regional and national shows.
1987, Leanne Sheves Stevenson Memorial Exhibition, UW-Whitewater
[Information submitted by email from Candy Strand, a former student of Leanne Sheves Stevenson.  
Sources of Infomation: book preview written by John E. Semonche; past exhibition brochures and listings, Wisconsin Artists Research Bibliography and personal archives.


      

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