Michelle Korte Leccia

Interdisciplinary Artist & Educator

Work

Michelle Korte Leccia

Teaching Experience
Digital Media Mentor, Convergence Academies, CCAP, Columbia College Chicago, IL.(Oct 2013- current)
Mentoring Chicago Public School (K-12) teachers in designing curriculum to reflect 21st century skills. Central role is the integration of technology and arts into unit planning and classroom practices.

Atelierista, Winnetka Public School, Winnetka, IL (June 2008 – June 2010).
Established an art studio as a hub for arts and communication within a Reggio Emilia inspired school. Initiatives included the co-creation of an art and ecology unit, parent-child studio collaborations and women’s art evenings.

Studio Arts Teacher, Studio One Art Center, Oakland, CA (Nov 2003 – July 2005).
Designed and taught several 15-week art classes at an urban community art center. Example of classes: Mural painting, creative movement, art and science, found art assemblage. Experience included teaching at an intensive all day 8-week summer art camp.

Afterschool Arts Instructor, Piedmont Recreation Department, Oakland, CA(Sept 2004- June 2005).
Taught a variety of studio and art history classes for middle school, junior high and high school students. Examples of classes: Mexican art, comic book making, papermaking, and mixed media.

Teaching Artist, Inverness Elementary School, Inverness, CA (Jan 2003- June 2003).
Co-created a site-specific curriculum: Art, Nature and Spirit of the Wild. Position culminated with a community parade and art display in school’s library.

Painting and Printmaking Artist, The Sawdust Festival, Laguna Beach, CA (Summer 1998).
Ran a demonstration booth at an outdoor art festival with fellow undergraduate fine art students.

Art Making and Guide Experience
Interdisciplinary Artist, individual and collaborative projects, Evanston and Chicago, IL, Oakland, CA, Paris, France
(Since 2001). Artistic practice draws on painting, sculpture, collage, video and media performance to create assemblage and installation work. On-going exhibitions of work in public and private spaces locally, nationally and abroad.
An additional exhibition resume is available upon request.

Collaborative Co-Artist, IVY Paris, Paris, France (Jan 2006 – June 2008).
Played a central role as a participant in an international artist group locating venues for shows, curating exhibitions, creating promotional materials and production of artwork.

Cultural Tour Guide, Mediport Services, Ajaccio, Corsica, FR (Oct 2006 – May 2008).
Lead large groups to city centers, mountain villages, and natural sites. Four-hour tours included the historical, cultural and ecological particulars of the French island of Corsica.

Muralist and Guide, Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center, San Francisco, CA(Sept 2004 – June 2005).
Guided mural tours in the historical Latino Mission District and facilitated community public mural projects.


Artist Assistant
, Karyn Young, Fairfax, CA (Nov 2002 – June 2004).
Worked as a full-time studio assistant for a professional collage artist. Duties included creation and reproduction of work, preparing work for international shipping, some organizational and accounting work.

Scenic Painter, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach, CA (Jan 2000 – June 2001).
Apprenticed with master scenic painter in painting large-scale theater sets, sculpting props and furnishings, and loading and striking sets.

Gallery and Conference Work
Feminist Art Project Support, College Art Association, Stage Two, Chicago, IL. (Feb 2014)
Assisted the Director and Project Manager of the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers University with lighting and video during a day of professional panels and presentations.

Installation Apprentice, Black Gossamer, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College (Mar 2012).
Collaborated with artist, curator and gallery technicians in the unpacking, documentation, and general installation of Christ and Co. by Ebony G. Patterson

Art Co-op Member, City Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA (Sept 2004 – June 2005). Participated as a member of an artist-owned and operated gallery. Responsibilities included wall preparation, hanging and selling of artwork and promoting exhibitions.

Gallery, Library and Admissions Office Support, Naropa University, Oakland, CA (Aug 2002 – Apr 2005).
Served on the managerial team of the college’s art gallery and special collection’s library. Specific duties included hanging shows, assisting with events and related workshops. Implemented an electronic database for library catalog and supported general upkeep of admissions offices.

Gallery Assistant, Ettinger Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (Sept 1998 – Jan 2001).
Worked under the curator as a student associate at the campus’s art gallery. Experience included designing exhibitions, prepping walls, hanging work and reception responsibilities.

 

EDUCATION

2013      MFA Interdisciplinary Arts and Media, Columbia College Chicago

2004      MA Art and Social Change, Naropa University-Oakland

2001      BFA Painting and Drawing, Laguna College of Art and Design, Magnum Cum Laude

2000      Advanced Painting Studio, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Summer Semester

2000      Painting Intensive, Ox-Bow College, Summer Semester

1999      Study Abroad, France, Belgium and Holland, LCAD, Summer Semester

 

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Continuing education courses taken within the last 5 years:
Spanish, Soil Biology, Local Ecology, Urban Foraging, Bio-remediation, Early Childhood Education, Art Therapy

Languages:
English: native, French: advanced, Spanish: limited proficiency

Software proficiency:
Microsoft Suite, Adobe Suite, Final Cut Pro, Sound Track Pro, Compressor, DVD Studio