Harry Leigh (b. 1931) graduated from Albright Art School and SUNY College at Buffalo, where he received his Bachelor's degree in 1953. Drafted into the United States Army that same year, he trained as a radio operator and was stationed in West Germany. While serving in Europe, he traveled extensively, visiting museums and architectural sites. Upon return, Leigh took advantage of the GI Bill to study under Peter Voulkos and received a Masters degree in 1959 from Teacher's College, Columbia University. He studied painting privately with Richard Pousette-Dart from 1956-1960. It was during this period he began experimenting with large constructed works using cardboard, plaster, and plywood; by 1965, sculpture became his principal medium.

 

In his first solo exhibition at the Brata Gallery in New York City in 1967, Leigh realized for the first time the integration of his work, travel and educational experiences. In 1974 and 1978, solo exhibitions of his work were mounted at OK Harris Gallery. He has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Studio Program. He resides in Suffern, NY and is represented by Jordana Zeldin

Photo: Nicholas Knight

EDUCATION

1959   Columbia University TC, MA, New York, NY

1953   State University of New York, BS, Buffalo, NY

1952   Albright School of Art, Diploma, Buffalo, NY

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016  "Harry Leigh: Essential Form," The Amelie A. Wallace Gallery at SUNY College at Old Westbury, NY 

2010  "New Work," John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

2002  Azarian McCullough Art Gallery, Sparkill, NY

1992  Blue Hill Cultural Center, Pearl River, NY

1989  Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkill, NY

1987  Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ, Solo exhibit

1982  Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY

1978  OK Harris Gallery, New York, NY

1974  OK Harris Gallery, New York, NY

1971  Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA

1969  Brata Gallery, New York, NY

1967  Brata Gallery, New York, NY

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018   Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY, Time Travelers

2018   Buster Levi Gallery, Cold Spring, NY

2017  Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY, Undercurrents: The River as Metaphor

2016 “Lightly Structured,” Sculpture Space NYC, Long Island City, NY

2015  "Object’ Hood," Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY

2014  Buster Levi Gallery, Cold Spring, NY

2013  56th  Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Chautauqua, NY

2010  Trans Lux Gallery, New York, NY

2009  River Journey Through Space and Time Cornwall – on – Hudson N.Y.

2008  Azarian McCullough Art Gallery, Sparkill, NY, “Then & Now”

2008  Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, NY. Artistic Friendships of Lawrence Calagno

2007  Garrison Arts Center, Garrison, NY, Current

2006  John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

2005  OK Harris Gallery, New York, NY, Summer Invitational

2004  Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo NY, NY Collects Buffalo State

2004  Pratt Institute Sculpture Park, Brooklyn, NY

2002  Blue Hill Cultural Center, Pearl River, NY, Line, Letter or Color

2001  Pomona Cultural Center, Pomona, NY

2000  Silvermine Guild, New Canaan, CT, Art of the Northeast, Juried Exhibition

2000  Hudson River Designer Showhouse, Nyack, NY, Monumental Outdoor Sculpture

2000  Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Yaddo Artist, Brooklyn, NY

1999  Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY, Sculptors in Their Environments

1998  Blue Hill Cultural Center, Pearl River, NY, Interpreting the River

1996, 97  Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH

1997  National Academy of Design, New York, NY

1997  Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS

1996  Rockland Community College, Suffern,NY, Art from the Colonies

1996  The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY, Thirty-fifth Juried Exhibition

1996  Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY, The Rockland Connection, Part II

1995  Rockland County Conservation Association, Pomona, NY

1995  Art Works Gallery, Pomona, NY

1995  Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, NY

1993  Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY, Collection Selection

1993  Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY, X-Sightings ‘93

1992  “Expressions of Spring,” Impressive Interiors Gallery, Milton, NY

1991  Pierson Lakes Exhibit, Sterlington, NY, Invitational

1991  Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY

1991  Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, NY, Works on Paper

1991  Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, NY, Wood

1989  Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, NY

1988  Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, NY

1988  Josiah White Exhibition Center, Jim Thorpe, PA, Contemporary Sculpture

1987  A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY, Invitational

1986  Burchfield Art Center, Buffalo, NY, Works from the Permanent Collection

1986  Clove Furnace, Arden, NY, The Art of Rockland and Orange

1985  Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, NY, The Gathering of the Avant-Garde

1984  Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkill, NY, Architecture/Sculpture

1983  Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkill, NY, Eight Sensibilities, Invitational

1983  Noel Fine Art, Bronxville, NY, Thirteen Uptown

1983  Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY, Sculpture for Rockland County Sites

1982  Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY, The Constructed Image

1977  Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY, Sculpture Rockland

1976  Clarksville on the Hudson Gallery, Nyack, NY

1974  Pace University, New York, NY, Off the Wall

1972  OK Harris Gallery, New York, NY

1971  Finch College, New York, NY, Projected Artist at Work

1971  Rockland Foundation, Nyack, NY, Landscape

1970  Audubon Artist, New York, NY, 28th Annual

1967, 68,70 Westchester Art Society, White Plains, NY, Annual

1970  Thorne Museum, Keene, NH

1969  Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, CT, 20th New England Exhibition

1969  Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA, Art Annual

1967  Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA, Art Annual

1967  Rockland Foundation, Nyack, NY

1967  Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY, Rockland County Artists

1965  Brata Gallery, New York, NY, Tenth Street Now

1964  Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY, Rockland County Artists

1963  Rockland Foundation, Nyack, NY

1962  Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY, Young Americans

1962  Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY, 22nd Ceramics National

1957  Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY

1953  Rochester Memorial Gallery, Rochester, NY, Invitational

1952, 53, 58 Albright Gallery, Buffalo, NY, The Western New York Show

 

COLLECTIONS

Pratt Institute Sculpture Park, Brooklyn, NY

The Birchfield Center, Buffalo, NY

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS


AWARDS & GRANTS

2018        Pollock-Kranser Foundation Grant

2014        New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist Fellowship Award for Sculpture

2010        The Richard Florsheim Art Fund Studio Award

2007        John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Residency at Yaddo

2002        SUNY Rockland Community College, President’s Award for Research and Scholarship

1988-89   Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Grant for Artist’s Residency, Sparkill, NY

1978-79   CAPS Grant, NY

1971        Berkshire Art Association, MA, First Agricultural National Bank Monetary Award for Sculpture

1970        Westchester Art Society, NY, Honorable Mention Award for Sculpture

1970        Audubon Artists 28th Annual, National Academy Galleries, NY, Honorable Mention Award

1969        Berkshire Art Association, MA, Priscilla S.Ward Monetary Award for Sculpture

 

RESIDENCIES

Yaddo: 2017 (forthcoming), 2014, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001,

1996, 1990, 1987, 1980, 1979, 1972,

Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation: 2010

The MacDowell Colony: 1986, 1985,1983, 1975, 1974, 1972, 1970, 1969, 1968

Hand Hollow: 1980

 

COMMISSIONS

2008  Albany International Airport Site Specific Sculpture, Albany, NY, “Hudson Cascade”