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Marc Leone
Cincinnati, Ohio

Northern Kentucky University, Associate Professor

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The work explores geologic sources as metaphors and symbols within interdisciplinary formal directions combining painting, drawing, and sculptural techniques. Through layering and unearthing layers, I paint "crustal layers", upon which to thrust mark making. Further, I use elemental carbon and mineral graphite at each layer to strengthen the connection to geologic origins. Many of the marks made on the paint come from power equipment. My control and at times, my lack of control of these tools, provide the means to erode, to cut, to dig, buff, sand, and to pock the surface and sub-surface paint in ways that are reminiscent of natural, man-made, and archaeological processes.  In essence, I am working to explore the sublime and to quite literally work with the same materials that I symbolize.


born: 1969, Dallas, Texas


Arizona State Univ. MFA Drawing/Painting
Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA) BFA D/Ptg.

selected awards/honors

Faculty Development Grant-Northern Kentucky University Project Grant-Northern Kentucky University Summer Fellowship Grant-Northern Kentucky University
Cincinnati Summerfair Foundation Inc.-AIA Individual Artists Grants
Best of exhibit, "Carbon" Water Street Studios, Batavia (Chicago), Illinois. Curator Jess Mott Wickstrom, Gallery Director, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago.
Honorable Mention, The Natural World: A Postmodern Perspective, Williamson Gallery Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburgh, Maryland. Juror: Elizabeth Holtry  

selected publications

"Art that rocks": Craters of Arizona, caves of Kentucky inspire artist's creations. Palo Alto Weekly, February 23rd. Rebeca Wallace.
Annual Center on Contemporary Art Juried Exhibition Catalogue, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Washington. Juror: M.K. Guth
"Experimental Investigations": …Out of the Gray demonstrates quirky interest in the artist's craft". Citybeat Magazine, Cincinnati, Ohio. February, 7th. Maria Seda-Reeder.
2nd Annual Armstrong National 2-D Competition Exhibition Catalogue , Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Georgia. Juror: Sean Greene

selected solo or two-person exhibits

2014 (two person) "Recent Work" Covington Arts, Covington, Kentucky. Curator: Cate Yellig
(solo) "Recent Work" Foundry Art Centre St. Charles, Missouri. Curator: Melissa Trask, Angela Fowle  
(solo) "Jupiter Opposed" River House Gallery, Perrysburg, Ohio. Curator: Paula Baldoni
(solo) "Landscape and Reclamation" in conjunction with the University of Toledo; Secor Gallery, Toledo, Ohio. Curator: Deborah Orloff

selected group shows

Art on Paper: Works from the Collection (25 years of collecting): Gormley Gallery: College of Notre Dame Baltimore, Maryland.
"Carbon" Water Street Studios, Batavia (Chicago), Illinois. Curator Jess Mott Wickstrom, Gallery Director, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago.  
Louisiana Purchase: 2nd National Biennial Juried Exhibition, F. Elizabeth Bathea Gallery-Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. Curator: Jes Schrom.
Transformation, New Coast Studios Gallery (formerly Fibre Arts), Palo Alto, California.  Curator: Shira Adriance

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