Golden Scarab | collage on stone paper, 52" x 34" From the Scarabs on Tiles series
Indigo Warrior Scarab | collage on stone paper, 52" x 34" From the Scarabs on Tiles series
 Red Jewel Beetle | collage on stone paper, 52" x 34" From the Scarabs on Tiles series
June Bug | collage on stone paper, 52" x 34" From the Scarabs on Tiles series
Thousand Legger | collage on stone paper, 52" x 34" From the Scarabs on Tiles series
Cicada | collage on stone paper, 52" x 34" From the Scarabs on Tiles series
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Red | collage on stone paper, 60" x 40" From the Counterfeit Forest series
Orange | collage on stone paper, 60" x 40" From the Counterfeit Forest series
Yellow | collage on stone paper, 60" x 40" From the Counterfeit Forest series
Green | collage on stone paper, 60" x 40" From the Counterfeit Forest series
Blue | collage on stone paper, 60" x 40" From the Counterfeit Forest series
Indigo | collage on stone paper, 60" x 40" From the Counterfeit Forest series
Violet | collage on stone paper, 60" x 40" From the Counterfeit Forest series
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Member Portfolio

Leila Cartier

Philadelphia, PA

Résumé

Artist Statement

Leila Cartier is from Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains  - once considered the heart of the coal industry and isolated by vast expanses of nature.
Recent work has been inspired by decadent novel Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans. In this story, main character Des Esseintes becomes disillusioned by modern urban life and escapes to the countryside where he carefully designs a unique aesthetic environment. The atmosphere is saturated with rich colors, patterns, and nature, all of which aim to appease his cynical attitude, desensitized palate, and hallucinatory visions.
Her collage work is primarily constructed using hand-cut images of jewelry found in magazines and adhered to paper made from stone. The result suggests a disparity between the expectation of permanence and value versus fragility and worthlessness.

Artist Biography

Leila Cartier holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and concurrently studied Arabic Language at Depaul University with a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Her BFA in Art and Art History from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia included a year spent with Temple University Rome, Italy. Her studio practice is located in 1241 Carpenter Studios + Project Space in South Philadelphia and she is represented by SchmidtDean Gallery.
Since 2016, Leila Cartier has been the Executive Director of CraftNOW Philadelphia, an emerging organization uniting institutions, scholars and artists to promote the historic and contemporary role of the city in the fields of craft and making.
From 2010 – 2015, Cartier was the Director of Exhibitions at the William King Museum of Art in her hometown of Abingdon, Virginia, an underserved area of the Appalachian coalfields with little to no other access to the arts. Her curatorial projects consisted of bringing art from around the world to the region, documenting and exhibiting material culture from Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee, and presenting regional contemporary art in all media.

Education

2009
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
MFA, Painting and Drawing
Jacob K. Javits Fellow
2007 - 2009
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Arabic Language Program
2004
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Art History with 2-D Fine Arts Emphasis
Summa Cum Laude
2002 - 2003
Temple University Rome, Italy
Junior Year Abroad

Awards & Honors

2020
Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Juror
2019
American Craft Show Awards of Excellence, Baltimore, MD
Juror
2018 - 2019
LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Core Program
2017
Arts and Business Council, Philadelphia, PA
Designing Leadership
2015
Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Lakeland, FL
Juror
2014
Hunting Art Prize, Houston, TX
Juror
Sidewalk Arts Festival, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA
Juror
2010 - 2015
Art Speaks, WEHC 90.7, Emory, VA
Host
Artistic Direction Committee, William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, VA
Chair
Acquisitions Committee, William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, VA
Chair
2012
Salem Arts Festival, Salem, VA
Juror
2011
Heartwood Artisans Center and ‘Round the Mountain, Abingdon, VA
Juror
2010 - 2012
Arts Advisory Committee, Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon, VA
Member
2009
John and Mary E. Hoggins Scholarship Recipient
2007 - 2009
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Recipient
2007
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Community Associates Scholarship Recipient
2004
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
Departmental Honors for Art History
2000 - 2004
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
Dean's List
Presidential Scholarship Recipient
MCAD Scholarship Recipient

Bibliography

Publications
2020
Craft Capital: Philadelphia’s Cultures of Making, Publication edited by Glenn Adamson
Project Manager

Professional Experience

2016 - Present
CraftNOW, Philadelphia, PA
Executive Director
2009 - 2015
William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, VA
Curator of Exhibitions
2011 - 2012
Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon, VA
Adjunct Professor of Drawing I & II
2010 - 2012
Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon, VA
Adjunct Professor of Art History
2007
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Workshop Instructor: Early College Program
Teaching Assistant: Roving Substitute Professor
2006
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Teaching Assistant: Painting Studio Multi-level
2004 - 2006
Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Director of Membership and Special Projects

Presentations
2020
Cultures of Making, Symposium with keynote speakers Vashti DuBois and Hinda Mandell, CraftNOW, Philadelphia, PA
Organizer
Lunch and Learn, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Presenter
Excellence in Education Awards, James Renwick Alliance, Washington, D.C.
Moderator
Object Lesson, The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA
Presenter
2019
Craft Capital: Place, Economics and Prominence, Symposium with keynote Michelle Millar Fisher, CraftNOW, Philadelphia, PA
Organizer
Present Tense, American Craft Council National Conference, Philadelphia, PA
Hosting Partner
2018
Making a Difference: Craft as a Means for Change, Symposium with keynote speaker Roberto Lugo, CraftNOW, Philadelphia, PA
Organizer
2017
Fluid Boundaries: Fine Art, Craft, and Design, Symposium with keynote Abraham Thomas, CraftNOW, Philadelphia, PA
Organizer
2016
Analog-Digital: Evolving Craft Practices, Symposium with keynote Glenn Adamson, CraftNOW, Philadelphia, PA
Organizer
2015
The Proud and Profane: The Life of Lucy Herndon Crockett, Smyth Regional Library, Marion, VA
Presenter
2013
Shining Light: Folk Artists Nancy Johnson and Minnie Ma Scyphers, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Presenter
2012
From These Hills, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Presenter
Submitting an Artist Portfolio, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Presenter
2011
Professionalism in Arts and Crafts, ‘Round the Mountain', Abingdon, VA
Presenter
2010
Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Presenter
Scarlett O’Hara’s Costumed Aggression and a Modern Day Problem with the Feminine, Symposium presentation for From Peplos to Petticoat to Punk, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
Presenter
2007
Artist Lecture, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Presenter
Visiting Artist Lecture, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
Presenter
2003
Challenge to Beauty in Contemporary Art, Thesis Presentation, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
Presenter

Exhibitions

Solo
2019
Bejeweled, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA
2017
Counterfeit Forest, SchmidtDean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2014 - 2015
An Imaginary Land of Promise, SchmidtDean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2013
All is Vanity, Mallory Fine Art, Abingdon, VA
What on Earth, Wolf Hills Co., Abingdon, VA
2012
For Kafka, Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon, VA
Fits and Fanfare, Perspectives Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
2011
Paintings Above the Fireplace, House on Main, Abingdon, VA
2010
About the Artist, Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon, VA
2009
Wide-Eyed Garden, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
2007
A Natural Imbalance, The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia, PA
2006
New Work, SchmidtDean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2005
Recent Work, JMS Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Recent Work, Afif Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Group
2018
#UnThinkPink, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2017
Inlaid Tortoises, Handmade Craft Brigade, 1241 Carpenter Studios, Philadelphia, PA
2016 - 2017
Cherry Bounce: Appalachian Art, American Politics, William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, VA
2015
The Real Bugwives of Philadelphia, Handmade Craft Brigade, 1241 Carpenter Studios, Philadelphia, PA
Mapping the Cosmos, William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, VA
2013 - 2014
Color Wars, SchmidtDean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2013
At The Moment, Slocumb Gallery, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Secret Admirer, Mallory Fine Art, Abingdon, VA
2011
Appalachian Invitational, Appalachian Arts Center, Richlands, VA
Soaring, Tipton Gallery of East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Conversations, The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia, PA
Call & Response, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
2010 - 2011
TenXx, ABryant Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010
Summer, SchmidtDean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Red Light River North, ABryant Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009
Cool Stuff, New People, SchmidtDean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Glut and Grandeur, Graduate Exhibition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2008
Kunsthalle Chicago, Dollar Store, Chicago, IL
Curator: Jean Kang
2007
Group Exhibition, Gallery 2 and Project Space, Chicago, IL
2006
Light, The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia, PA
Gallery Group Show, SchmidtDean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2004
Illuminated, Afif Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Annual Keisho Art Association Exhibition, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Pardon Me, Ladies, Hyder Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Emerging Artists: Senior Show, The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia, PA
2003
Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Temple University Gallery, Rome, Italy
2002
Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Temple University Gallery, Rome, Italy

Select Curatorial Projects
2015
Fortune, Courage, Love: African Art of the Akan and Kuba Kingdoms from the VMFA, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Curator
The Proud and the Profane: The Colorful Life and Literature of Lucy Herndon Crockett, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
Mapping the Cosmos: Jan Hurt and a Constellation of Artists, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
2014 - 2015
Cavaliers of Nowhere: Tammy Mercure and Dawn Roe, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
An American Turning Point: On Loan from the Virginia Historical Society, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
2014
Artist by Trade: Independent Projects by Barter Theatre Creatives, Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA
Curator
There/Here: Architectural Research in Urban and Rural Virginia, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find: The Comic Collection of Shelton Drum, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
12th From These Hills Biennial, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
2013 - 2014
Great and Small: The Tradition of Diminutive Furniture in the Region, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
European Modern: Masters from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Curator
2013
Unshelved: Book Arts of Nick Deford, Daniel Essig, Travis Head, and Robyn Raines, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
Quilt National: The Dairy Barn Arts Center Biennial, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH
Curator
The Virginia Dulcimer: 200 Years of Bowing, Strumming & Picking, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
Fantastic Mechanics Sean Pace and Robert Sulkin, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
2012 - 2013
Dali Illustrates Dante’s Divine Comedy, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
2012
reDomestication: Ceramics by Birdie Boone, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
Shining Light: Folk Artists Nancy Johnson and Minnie Ma Scyphers, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
Circles in the Sand: Aboriginal Painting from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
Color Me Bad: Animation, Pop, Satire, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
2011 - 2012
Dress-Up: A Regional Portrait of Childhood, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
Hazel Larson Archer: Black Mountain College Photographer, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
11th From These Hills Biennial, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
2011
Visions of Paradise: Paintings by Rob Vander Zee, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
Virginia Rocks! The History of Rockabilly in the Commonwealth, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
Paper Forest: An Installation by Travis Graves and Jackson Martin, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
Goya, Dali, Warhol: Masterpieces of World Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Curator
Mischief-Making: Contemporary Craftsman Jake Cress, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
To Transgress: Abstract Paintings by Betty Clark, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
Thinking Postmodern: Selections from the Radford University, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
Cabinet of Curiosities: Object Stories from the Cultural Heritage Project, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
2010
The Subject of Being: Figurative Works by Megan Van Deusen and Gabriel Shaffer, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
Cohabitants: New Paintings by Heide Trepanier and David Mazure, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
An Educated Woman: Art from Girls’ Schools and Women’s Colleges, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
2009 - 2010
Matisse, Picasso and Modern Art in Paris, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
Curator
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