Lesley Wamsley

 

 

Lesley Wamsley is an artist living and working in New York City. In 2012, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree

from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Her work has been in national and international exhibitions

including Where We Are, The Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck, NY, Endless Biennial, New York City, NY and Dubai

Art Week, United Arab Emirates, Graphics Biennial, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Recent residencies include The Wassaic

Project, Wassaic, NY and Endless Editions, New York City, NY. Her work is held by the Museum of Modern Art

Artists’ Book Collection, New York City, NY. Her work has been published in Period Sex Vol. 1 and Making

History: Art in Bushwick. She is a professor in the Foundation Department at the State University of New York at

New Paltz. In 2015, she was the recipient of a Merit Award for excellence in teaching.

 

Artist Statement

 

This series of drawings is titled Likable. Created during the historic and volatile 2016 Presidential Election, the

imagery speaks to a particular aspect of female worth: likability. The election demonstrated unequivocally our

cultural demand that women be perceived as likable. More important than education, strength, and experience,

the campaign proved that the socially acceptable woman is, above all, agreeable. What I find most interesting

about this sexist belief is my internalized willingness to meet its expectations. I know the pressure I feel to look and

behave a particular way is the result of a sexist paradigm; and, yet, I cannot break from it. I knowingly participate

in a system designed to devalue and dehumanize women. The drawings reflect this conflicted desire. They

articulate a cycle that involves attention, approval and objectification. It is an brutal experience that exists under

the guise of beauty. Tropes like hair, ribbons and flowers describe a feminine archetype of purity, innocence and

congeniality. This description is genuinely poetic and, yet, completely cliché. The drawings strive to be pretty, they

want to be liked; but there is a disquieting overtone. The objects that I draw are associated with the body and it is

their separation from it that suggests violence. More still-life than portrait, the disembodied objects are arranged

and displayed like trophies.

 

 

Exhibition Statement

 

The objective of my work is to present and disseminate feminist content. Much like the Russian avant-garde, I

believe society can be revolutionized through artistic production. I am interested in objectivity, form, and materiality

as a way to communicate the abstract.

 

Degrees

2012 Master of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing,

State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

2004 Bachelor of Arts, French,

Thematic Minor, Drawing,

Miami University, Oxford, OH

Selected Exhibitions

2017 Wassaic Project 2017 Summer Exhibition, Wassaic, NY (forthcoming)

Where We Are, The Puffin Foundation Cultural Forum Exhibition, curated by Andrew Lee

Alternative Facts, The Road Gallery, New York City, NY

Alumni and Faculty Show, Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH curated by Jason Shaimen

2016 Endless Biennial, 20/20 Gallery, New York City, NY catalogue available

Face to Face: Blind Date, Out to See, New York City, NY curated by Anthony Tino

Good Girls are Pretty, Hewn Art Center, Jersey City,NJ

2015 Girl Power, Hewn Art Center, Jersey City, NJ curated by Regina Ruff

Gridscape, Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, Kingston, NY with Donise English and Ingrid Ludt

curated by Gabe Brown

Making History Exhibition, Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NY catalogue available

Peace and Justice, Muroff-Kotler Visual Arts Gallery, Stoneridge, NY curated by Elisa Pritzker

2014 Fresh Prints! Collaboration with Kayrock Screenprinting, Brooklyn, NY curated by Brooke Tomiello

Boxes: Lost in Circulation, Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY curated by Hyunsuk Kim

The Temporary Solution, mobile exhibition, Jacksonville, FL

Telephone: An International Arts Experiment, Satellite Collective, New York, NY curated by Nathan

Langston

People’s Choice, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Ritual, 110 Church Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Object Abuse, Spinach, London, England

2012 Book Binding, Gardiner Library, Gardiner, NY

Thread of Thought, M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY

2011 Generations VIII, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Threshold, The Shirt Factory, Kingston, NY

Framework, M55 Art, Long Island City, NY

Drawn Together, Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy

Wish You Were Here 10, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Color Matters, Gardiner Library, Gardiner, NY

2010 Annual Small Works Invitational, Arts West Gallery, Elon University, Elon, NC

In A Material World, The Citadel’s School of Humanities, Charleston, SC

2009 Peace One Day, Brittlebank Park, Charleston, SC

Artisan Evening, Holy Cow Yoga and Holistic Center, West Ashley, SC

Reorientation III (open studio), Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC

WALK Gallery, Circular Church, Charleston, SC

2008 Guerrilla Cuisine, The Old Cigar Factory, Charleston, SC

Inside Out, Columbus Street Art Gallery, Charleston, SC

Ratio: One by Three, Robert Lang Studios, Charleston, SC

2007 The Artist’s Show, Columbus Street Art Gallery, Charleston, SC

Residencies, Awards, & Grants

2016 The Wassaic Artist Residency, Partial Fellowship Residency, Wassaic, NY

United University Professionals Grant, State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

2015 Stairwell Residency, Endless Editions, New York City, NY

The Ora Lerman Trust, Soaring Gardens Full-Fellowship Residency, Wyalusing, PA

2014-15 Merit Award for Excellence in Teaching, State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

2012 Graduate Professional Development Award, State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

Collections

2016 The Museum of Modern Art Artists’ Books Collection, New York City, NY

International Centre of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Publications

2017 Period. Sex. Volume 1 Issue 1, Period. Sex. , New York City, NY

2016 Endless Biennial 2016 Exhibition Catalogue, Endless Editions, New York City, NY

Making History Bushwick, Arts in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY

Face to Face: Blind Date, Endless Editions, New York City, NY

2015 Face to Face: Blind Date, Graphics Biennial, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Press

2015 Melena Ryzik, ‘Telephone: An International Arts Experiment’ by Nathan Langston,

The New York Times, April 16, 2015

2012 Reading Objects, writing contributer, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY

2010 Mary Rust, Interview: Lesley Wamsley, Blu Magazine, Atlanta, GA, March 10, 2010

2009 Olivia Poole, Creative Synergy, Charleston Art Magazine, Charleston, SC, May 2009

Teaching Experience

2015-17 Lecturer, Foundation Department

State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

2012-15 Adjunct Professor, Foundation, Painting and Drawing Department

State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

2011 Instructor of Record, Foundation, Painting and Drawing Department

State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

2010 Teaching Assistant, Foundation Department

State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

2010 Redux Contemporary Art Center, Exploring Creativity Through Yoga and Meditation, Charleston, SC

2009 Isle of Palms Recreation Center, Youth Drawing and Painting, Isle of Palms, SC

Professional Experience

2008-10 Redux Contemporary Art Center, Professional Studio Program, Charleston, SC

2009 Isle of Palms Recreation Center, Youth Art Program Director

2004 Miami University Art Museum, Gallery Assistant, Oxford, OH

Associations

2012-16 College Art Association, National Association

2010-12 Student Art Association, State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

 

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