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February 2014

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, Features Works by Alma Leiva

Artspace in Raleigh, NC, is presenting Celdas, featuring a solo exhibition by Miami-based artist Alma Leiva, on view in Gallery 1, through Mar. 7, 2014. Leiva will give a gallery talk on First Friday, Mar. 7. at 6pm in Artspace’s Gallery 1.

The exhibition features Leiva’s newest work on her well-received, current series Celdas, meaning “prisons” in Spanish. She constructs environments that allude to violence and Spanish colonialism in Central American culture. The environments may memorialize people killed in the violence, use Virgin Mary kitsch and inexpensive, frail building materials to reflect the necessity of making do in the culture.

Leiva has exhibited her work widely in the United States in venues such as The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, NY; Hasted Kraeutler, New York, NY; Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA; David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL; The Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA; and Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX, among others. She has completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL; and The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY.

Most recently (fall 2013), Leiva was an artist-in-residence at The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Time Magazine’s Lightbox, PND, Newsweek, Miami New Times, El Nuevo Herald, ArtPulse and The Washington Post. She has received grants from New York Foundation for the Arts, College Art Association, Joan Mitchell Foundation and Foundation for Contemporary Arts to name a few.

Artspace is a nonprofit visual art center dedicated to providing arts education and community outreach programs, creating an environment of 120 professional artists and presenting nationally acclaimed exhibitions. Located in downtown Raleigh in the historic Sanders Ford building, Artspace has been providing the community with the opportunity to interact with working artists and to participate in hands-on arts education since 1986.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings or visit (www.artspacenc.org).


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