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Current Exhibitions

Shaun Leonardo

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION
2005

M.F.A., Painting, San Francisco Art Institute

2001

B.A., Visual Arts, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

HONORS
2005

M.F.A., Painting, San Francisco Art Institute

2019

NYC Arts in Education Roundtable keynote, New York, NY Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Board of Governors, New York, NY Socrates Sculpture Park, Board Member, Long Island City, NY Bowdoin College of Art, Advisory Council Member, Brunswick, ME

2018

No Longer Empty, Benefit honoree, New York, NY

2017

Brooklyn Museum, The Brooklyn Conference keynote, Brooklyn, NY

2015

Yerba Buena Center, YBCA100 honoree, San Francisco, CA

AWARDS
2019

Inaugural Social Impact Award, Creative Time, New York, NY A Blade of Grass fellowship, New York, NY

2018

Art for Justice Fund, New York, NY Guggenheim Social Practice Initiative, New York, NY Santa Fe Art Institute, Equal Justice Residency, Santa Fe, NM

2017

Smack Mellon, Artist Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY

2016

Creative Capital, with Melanie Crean and Sable E. Smith, New York, NY

2015

Franklin Furnace Fund, New York, NY Franklin Furnace Fund, w/ Melanie Crean and Sable E. Smith, New York, NY

2011

Jerome Foundation, Travel & Study Grant, New York, NY

AWARDS
2010

Franklin Furnace Fund, New York, NY McColl Center for Visual Art Residency & Fellowship, Charlotte, NC

2008

Vermont Studio Center Residency & Fellowship New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Painting

2007

Art Matters Grant, New York, NY (for residency in Oaxaca, Mexico) Smack Mellon Hot Picks, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY

2006

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Swing Space Residency & Grant

2005

New York Studio School Drawing Scholarship

2004

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Residency & Grant

SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020

The Breath of Empty Space, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

2019

Mirror/Echo/Tilt, w/ Melanie Crean & Sable E. Smith, New Museum, New York, NY Testimony, Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

2018

Primitive Games, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

2017

Out of Line, The High Line, New York, NY Assembly, Recess, Brooklyn, NY

2016

Something I Can Feel, VOLTA NY, New York, NY

2013

Untitled, Madragoras Art Space, Long Island City, NY Champion of the World, Praxis International Art, New York, NY

2012

Battle Royal, Videodromo, Ancona, Italy

2011

Sleeping Giant, Praxis International Art, Miami, FL

SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010

Self-Portrait: A One-Man Play, HERE, New York, NY Death of a King, Praxis International Art, New York, NY

2009

VOLTA5, Basel, Switzerland

2008

El Debut de El Conquistador, La Curtiduria, Oaxaca, Mexico

2007

Self-portrait Fight, SCOPE Miami, FL Self-portrait Fight, Performa07, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY The Whole 'Dam Show, MARCH, New York, NY El Conquistador, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

2006

The Steel Cage Match, LMCC Swing Space, New York, NY

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019

Men of Change, Smithsonian Institution (SITES), traveling exhibition Culture and the People: El Museo del Barrio: 1969-2019, New York, NY Distance, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY Messengers: Artists as Witnesses, Univ of NH Museum of Art, Durham, NH

2018

A Truthful Mirror, Project for Empty Space, Newark, NJ A VOID, curated by Paul Ramírez Jonas, 601Artspace, New York, NY Walls Turned Sideways, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX Second Sight, Bowdoin Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME Portland Biennial, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

2017

Hold These Truths, No Longer Empty, Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York, NY Scrimmage, The Canton Museum of Art, Ohio; traveling exhibition, 2015-2017 Diamonds, Rings & Courts, St. Johns University, Queens, NY The World is a Mirror of My Freedom, McColl Center, Charlotte, NC Loving Blackness, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016

In the Blink of an Eye, Arthub screening program, Shanghai, China Wound: Mending Time & Attention, The Cooper Union, New York, NY A Dark Matter, Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois Univ, Charleston, IL March Madness, Fort Gansevoort, New York, NY Whisper or Shout: Artists in the Social Sphere, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY Who Is Playing?, Galerie MeetFactory, Prague, Czech Republic

2015

Hard Work, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, New York, NY Radical Presence, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA Between History and the Body, 8th Floor Gallery, New York, NY Venturing Out of the Heart of Darkness, Harvey B. Gantt Center, Charlotte, NC RESPOND, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY

2014

Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, New York Radical Presence, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN The Invitational, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY Dallas Biennial (DB14), Dallas, TX

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013

The Performance Will Not Be Televised, SVA Theater, New York, NY Radical Presence, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY Not Book, Beit Ha'ir Urban Culture Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel How Much Do I Owe You?, No Longer Empty, Long Island City, NY superHUMAN, Central Utah Art Center, Ephraim, UT & Aljira, Newark, NJ

2012

Radical Presence, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX Death in the Afternoon, w/ Irvin Morazan, Bronx River Art Center, NY And the Winner Is, Haverford College, Haverford, PA

2011

Battle Royal (commissioned by the Dumbo Arts Festival), Brooklyn, NY Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports, traveling exhibition

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2010

X-treme Studio, A+D gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL Greater New York: 5 Year Review, PS1, Long Island City, NY AVIFF Cannes 2010, international film festival, Cannes, France Man Up!, judi rotenberg gallery, Boston, MA

2009

Nuit Blanche, commissioned project, Toronto, Canada Fusebox09, contemporary arts festival, Austin, TX An Intimate Affair, w/ Kalup Linzy, AVA Gallery, New York, NY

2008

75th Anniversary of Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico HEROIC, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN Hard Targets - Masculinity and American Sports, LA County Museum of Art, CA Some Things We Do Together, w/ Clifford Owens, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007

Snofrid - World Premier, Smith-Stewart Gallery, New York, NY & Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden The Mayor's Awards for Arts & Culture, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY The S-Files, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY Corona Plaza, Center of Everywhere, Queens Museum of Art, NY Foam of the Daze, Smith-Stewart Gallery, New York, NY Emergency Room (performance censored), PS1, Long Island City, NY

2006

Kick It One Time, RUSH Arts, Art Basel Miami, FL Invade My Dreams, Taxter & Spengemann, New York, NY Black Alphabet, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland Peekskill Project 2006, Peekskill, NY Self-portrait Icon, P.S.1, Long Island City, NY Close Connections, Art Amsterdam video program, Amsterdam, Holland The Masculine Box & Beyond, The LAB, San Francisco, CA I Never Meant to Hurt You, Buzzer 30, Astoria, NY God Complex: Images of Power, RUSH Arts Gallery, New York, NY