Shinnecock artist to present exhibit, lecture

Release Date: 2/6/2015

Shinnecock Indian Nation artist and filmmaker Courtney M. Leonard will present an exhibit and lecture at University of the Ozarks as part of the university's 2014-15 Walton Arts & Ideas Series.

Courtney M. Leonard

Works by Shinnecock Indian Nation artist and filmmaker Courtney M. Leonard will be on display in the Stephens Gallery during February and March.

The exhibit, titled Breach: Log 15, will be on display in the Stephens Gallery, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center, from Feb. 23 to March 20. Leonard will present a lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Baldor Auditorium in the Boreham Business Building. She will discuss her earlier work as an artist and filmmaker as well as her current exhibit during the lecture. Both the lecture and the exhibit are free and the public is invited to attend.

As a member of the Shinnecock Nation of Long Island, N.Y., Leonard's artwork explores the evolution of language, image and culture through mixed media pieces of video, audio, and tangible objects. She studied art and museum studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Alfred University, and the Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned a master's degree in fine arts.

Breach: Log 15 embodies the multiple definitions of "Breach," an exploration and documentation of historical ties to water, whale, and material sustainability.

"Navigation lies within visual translation, acceptance, and pursuit of process," Leonard said of her exhibit. "Charting exists as a logging of record; documentation and mapping of each point where the surface breaks.  Breach: Log 15 catalogs the expedition, these encounters, and experiences."

Leonard has given lectures and exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Toi Ngaphui Northland College in New Zealand, the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, Eastern Connecticut University, the Tribeca Film Institute in New York, the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and the University of the Creative Arts Farnham in the United Kingdom.

She currently lives in Santa Fe, and works as a professional artist, lecturer, and teacher at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

For more information on the exhibit or lecture, please contact the Office of Public Relations at 479-979-1433.