This document was last updated September 16, 2018

Leah Mackin

http://leahmackin.com   /  leahmackin@gmail.com

b. 1985 / Philadelphia, PA

Lives & works in Aurora, NY

 

Education

Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors, Printmaking + Book Arts, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

 

Solo Exhibitions

2018        The Paper Is, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2017        Encapsulated, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

2016        Portable Document, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2014        Untitled, The Printer’s Ball, Chicago, IL (Performance and Installation)

2012        Frequency Illusions, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018        WBAC@25, String Room Gallery, Wells College, Aurora, NY

Companion Pieces, Anytime Dept., Cincinnati, OH

Wendy’s Subway Reading Room, Bard Graduate Center Gallery, New York, NY

Conversation Versions, Blue House Gallery, Dayton, OH

COPYING, International Center of Graphic Arts (MGLC), Ljubljana, Slovenia

2017        Graphic Mimicry, Stella Elkins Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

AMPLIFY & MULTIPLY, Coburn Gallery at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

History is Boring, THE MISSION, Chicago, IL

2016        Habeas Corpus, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA), Indianapolis, IN

2x3: A Generative Artwork Residency, A.P.E., Northampton, MA (Performance and Installation)

2015        Temporary Sculpture Park, First Friday Gallery Trail, Lubbock, TX

SAIC @ 150 Years, EXPO CHICAGO, Chicago, IL

Arc Mobile Reading Room, Vietnam Artist’s Book Project, Hanoi, Vietnam

The world is mystical, dangerous, and delicious, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

Melted City 2, Blanc Gallery, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

2014        MEDIA FUTURES, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\, LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery, Chicago, IL

Bottom Feeders and the Distant Self, Slusser Gallery at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Surface Tension, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

Digifabulous, Quarter Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

I Get Up in the Evening, Forum Gallery at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2013        Buddy System Invitational, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR

These Friends, THIS Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Bound and/or Stapled (or not), Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

2012        inaugural, sophiajacob, Baltimore, MD

2011        The World As Text, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

2010        4 x 4, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

Baltidelphia, My House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA / The Hexagon, Baltimore, MD

Copy Jam! 2: Text Edition, The Printer’s Ball, Chicago, IL

Copy Jam!, Art in the Age, Philadelphia, PA

Out Loud: Artist’s Books Performed, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA (Performance)

Democratic Multiple, Gallery 224, Philadelphia, PA

2009        Long Term Interaction, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Honors, Awards, and Residencies

2018-        Victor Hammer Fellowship, Wells Book Arts Center, Wells College, Aurora, NY

2018        Archives Research Travel Fund Grant, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York, NY

2017        Ox-Bow Fall Artist Residency, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

2016        Artist Opportunity Grant, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Pittsburgh, PA

Finalist, 90th Annual International Competition, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

Artist’s Book Residency Grant, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

2013-15 Enrichment Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2014        Daniel Vandegrift Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

        LeRoy Neiman Scholarship, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

Publication Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Roads Scholarship for Research and Travel, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Graduate Travel Award, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2010        Independent Publishing Resource Center Residency, Portland, OR

2008        Free Library of Philadelphia Artist’s Book Purchase Award, Philadelphia, PA

2007        Lenore Adelman Award in Printmaking, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Artist’s Book Purchase Award, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2006        Edith & Lessing J. Rosenwald Scholarship, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

 

Collections

Baylor University Library, Waco, TX

Bennington College Crossett Library, Bennington, VT

Brooklyn Museum Library, Brooklyn, NY

Bucknell University Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library, Lewisburg, PA

The Free Library of Philadelphia, The Print and Picture Collection, Philadelphia, PA

Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Independent Publishing Resource Center, Portland, OR

Lowercase Reading Room, Vancouver, BC

New York Public Library, New York, NY

Ohio State University Library, Columbus, OH

Reed College Library, Portland, OR

Rochester Institute of Technology Wallace Library, Rochester, NY

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, Chicago, IL

Temple University, Special Collections Research Center at Paley Library, Philadelphia, PA

University of Arkansas Library, Fayetteville, AL

University of Delaware Hugh M. Morris Library, Newark, DE

University of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS

University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, MI

University of Pennsylvania Van Pelt Library, Philadelphia, PA

The University of the Arts Borowsky Center for the Publication Arts Archive, Philadelphia, PA

Virginia Commonwealth University Library, Richmond, VA

Zine Archive and Publishing Project, Seattle, WA

Projects, Portfolios, Collaborations, Fairs, and Curatorial Ventures

Current/on-going

INTERNET ART BOOK FAIR, Founder and Organizer, Web-based curatorial publishing platform

PEOPLE’S MUSEUMS, Publishing and research projects with Alina Josan

Goo From the Earth, Publishing and performance-based projects with Brittany De Nigris

CMYKings, Participant, Zine exchange organized by Amanda D’Amico

2018        Rochester Small Press Book Fair exhibitor

Philadelphia Art Book Fair exhibitor

THINK ABOUT THE PLACE WHERE YOU LIVE, WONDER WHY YOU HAVEN'T for Western

Pole by Jesse Malmed & Eastern Pole by Breanne Trammel, Chicago, IL and Cincinnati, OH

2017        Cincinnati Art Book Fair exhibitor

Chicago Art Book Fair exhibitor

Philadelphia Art Book Fair exhibitor

Rest Belt, Exhibition series curated in collaboration with Keenan Bennett at every Eastbound

Service Plaza along the Ohio Turnpike, OH

2010-17 DBQ, Publishing, curatorial and performance projects in collaboration with Alex Lukas for site-

specific works and the DBQ Project Space (A Working Name), apartment gallery event space

2016        Of Rules and Rebellion, MAPC Biennial Conference Exchange Portfolio participant

Ultrices, Collaborative book with Marianne Dages at Huldra Press, Philadelphia, PA

2014     All is Well, Collaborative installation with Trevor King, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

2012        States of Uncertainty, Curated exhibition by Ingrid Burrington at Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA

2011        also, books, Co-curated exhibition by Aidan Koch, Caroline Hwang, Beth Heinley, and Lizz Hickey

at Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA

2009-11 Holly Holly Hobby Hobby, Performance/publishing project in collaboration with Anni Altshuler

 

Guest Lectures, Workshops, and Artist’s Talks

2018        Artist’s Talk, Printers & Poets, Aurora Historical Society, Aurora, NY

Artist’s Talk, On Paper, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

Graduate Student Letterpress Workshop, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2017        Artist’s Talk, Slide Night, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

2016        Guest Lecturer & Critic, Artist’s Ephemera Course, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

                Artist’s Talk, Oberlin College Art Department Visit, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

                Gallery Talk for Portable Document, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2014        Guest Lecturer, Command+P Course, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

                Gallery Talk with Elena Ailes, \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\, LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery, Chicago, IL

                Artist’s Talk, MACKIN_FALL14_NoontimeTalk.pdf, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2012        Gallery Talk, Frequency Illusions, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

Teaching Appointments

2018      Wells College, Aurora, NY

                            Full-time Faculty in Visual Arts as Victor Hammer Fellow

                                        Hand Bookbinding I, Fall 2018

                                        Letterpress Printing, Fall 2018

                      Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

                            Instructor: Monotype course, Summer 2018

                      Temple University / Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

                                Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art

                                        Book Structures, Spring 2018

                                        Artists’ Books, Zines, & Independent Publishing, Spring 2018

2015-17 Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art

DP3: Advanced Print Media / 2D Media Studio: Print Media, Spring 2016

DP3: 2D Media Studio: Print Media, Fall 2015

Instructor, Pre-College Print Media, Summer 2016, Summer 2017

2016-17 Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program, Williamsburg, MA

                            Instructor, Printmaking; Set up non-toxic printmaking studio

2013-15 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Instructor/Teacher of Record

                 Introduction to Printmaking, Fall 2014

Teaching Assistant

Contemporary Practices: SAIC Wired I & II, Spring 2015

Advanced Printmaking, Spring 2015

Offset Productions, Summer 2014

Multiples Studio, Spring 2014

Artists’ Books, Spring 2014

Beginning Relief Printmaking, Fall 2013

Advanced Screen Printing, Fall 2013

2008        The University of the Arts, Summer Pre-College Intensive, Philadelphia, PA

Teaching Assistant, Found Materials Sculpture

Selected Press

An Interview with Leah Mackin, Interview, Print Club Ltd., 28 May 2017.

Scudier, Kathryn, Light, Space, Action: Leah Mackin’s Response, Women’s Studio Workshop Blog,

12 May 2017.

Bodman, Sarah, Artists’ Books 2016: 10 of the year’s best…, a-n / The Artists Information Co,

30 Nov. 2016.

Artist of the Week, Interview, LVL3 Media, 11 Oct. 2016.

Grossman, Dan, Habeas Corpus Review, NUVO, 21 Sept. 2016.

Sechler, Jenny, "2x3: A Generative Arts Project" - Art About Making Art, Paradise City Press,

5 Aug. 2016.

Leah Mackin, Interview by Esther S. White, Bookbinding Now Podcast, 18 May 2016.

Swanwick, Michael, The Mummers Are Dead -- Long Live the Mummers!, Flogging Babel, 4 Jan. 2016.

Blasko, Eli, Leah Mackin, Eutopia, 28 July 2015.

Cox, Erinn M., REVIEW | MFA Show 2015, Louise & Maurice, 9 May 2015.

Cox, Erinn M., REVIEW | The World is..., Louise & Maurice, 1 Mar. 2015.

Barnes, Sarah E., Leah Mackin, Brown Paper Bag, 3 Dec. 2012.

van Haaften-Schick, Lauren, Logical Conclusions, Part II, Culture Hall, 11 Jan. 2012.

Heinly, Beth, B.Y.O.T.Y? Preview, Little Berlin Blog, 16 Oct. 2009.