Leila Cartier

Leila Cartier

    Studio & Gallery

    1241 Carpenter Street, Studio 207, Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Please contact Chris Schmidt regarding sales at (856)520-8458 or schmidtdean@netzero.net

    SchmidtDean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


    Recent Work

    Scarabs on Tiles Series

    Counterfeit Forest Series

    Artist's Biography

    Leila Cartier holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and concurrently studied Arabic Language at Depaul University with a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Her BFA in Art and Art History from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia included a year spent with Temple University Rome, Italy. Her studio practice is located in 1241 Carpenter Studios + Project Space in South Philadelphia and she is represented by SchmidtDean Gallery.

    Since 2016, Leila Cartier has been the Executive Director of CraftNOW Philadelphia, an emerging organization uniting institutions, scholars and artists to promote the historic and contemporary role of the city in the fields of craft and making.

    From 2010 – 2015, Cartier was the Director of Exhibitions at the William King Museum of Art in her hometown of Abingdon, Virginia, an underserved area of the Appalachian coalfields with little to no other access to the arts. Her curatorial projects consisted of bringing art from around the world to the region, documenting and exhibiting material culture from Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee, and presenting regional contemporary art in all media.

    Artist's Statement

    Leila Cartier is from Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains  - once considered the heart of the coal industry and isolated by vast expanses of nature.

    Recent work has been inspired by decadent novel Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans. In this story, main character Des Esseintes becomes disillusioned by modern urban life and escapes to the countryside where he carefully designs a unique aesthetic environment. The atmosphere is saturated with rich colors, patterns, and nature, all of which aim to appease his cynical attitude, desensitized palate, and hallucinatory visions.

    Her collage work is primarily constructed using hand-cut images of jewelry found in magazines and adhered to paper made from stone. The result suggests a disparity between the expectation of permanence and value versus fragility and worthlessness.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2019
    Bejeweled, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA

    2017
    Counterfeit Forest, SchmidtDean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2014 - 2015
    An Imaginary Land of Promise, SchmidtDean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2013
    All is Vanity, Mallory Fine Art, Abingdon, VA

    What on Earth, Wolf Hills Co., Abingdon, VA

    2012
    For Kafka, Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon, VA

    Fits and Fanfare, Perspectives Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

    2011
    Paintings Above the Fireplace, House on Main, Abingdon, VA

    2010
    About the Artist, Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon, VA

    2009
    Wide-Eyed Garden, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA

    2007
    A Natural Imbalance, The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia, PA

    2006
    New Work, SchmidtDean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2005
    Recent Work, JMS Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Recent Work, Afif Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Group
    2018
    #UnThinkPink, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

    2017
    Inlaid Tortoises, Handmade Craft Brigade, 1241 Carpenter Studios, Philadelphia, PA

    2016 - 2017
    Cherry Bounce: Appalachian Art, American Politics, William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, VA

    2015
    The Real Bugwives of Philadelphia, Handmade Craft Brigade, 1241 Carpenter Studios, Philadelphia, PA

    Mapping the Cosmos, William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, VA

    2013 - 2014
    Color Wars, SchmidtDean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2013
    At The Moment, Slocumb Gallery, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

    Secret Admirer, Mallory Fine Art, Abingdon, VA

    2011
    Appalachian Invitational, Appalachian Arts Center, Richlands, VA

    Soaring, Tipton Gallery of East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

    Conversations, The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia, PA

    Call & Response, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

    2010 - 2011
    TenXx, ABryant Gallery, Chicago, IL

    2010
    Summer, SchmidtDean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Red Light River North, ABryant Gallery, Chicago, IL

    2009
    Cool Stuff, New People, SchmidtDean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Glut and Grandeur, Graduate Exhibition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

    2008
    Kunsthalle Chicago, Dollar Store, Chicago, IL
    Curator: Jean Kang

    2007
    Group Exhibition, Gallery 2 and Project Space, Chicago, IL

    2006
    Light, The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia, PA

    Gallery Group Show, SchmidtDean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2004
    Illuminated, Afif Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Annual Keisho Art Association Exhibition, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

    Pardon Me, Ladies, Hyder Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Emerging Artists: Senior Show, The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia, PA

    2003
    Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Temple University Gallery, Rome, Italy

    2002
    Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Temple University Gallery, Rome, Italy

    Select Curatorial Projects

    2015
    Fortune, Courage, Love: African Art of the Akan and Kuba Kingdoms from the VMFA, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
    Curator

    The Proud and the Profane: The Colorful Life and Literature of Lucy Herndon Crockett, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    Mapping the Cosmos: Jan Hurt and a Constellation of Artists, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    2014 - 2015
    Cavaliers of Nowhere: Tammy Mercure and Dawn Roe, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    An American Turning Point: On Loan from the Virginia Historical Society, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    2014
    Artist by Trade: Independent Projects by Barter Theatre Creatives, Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    There/Here: Architectural Research in Urban and Rural Virginia, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find: The Comic Collection of Shelton Drum, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    12th From These Hills Biennial, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    2013 - 2014
    Great and Small: The Tradition of Diminutive Furniture in the Region, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    European Modern: Masters from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
    Curator

    2013
    Unshelved: Book Arts of Nick Deford, Daniel Essig, Travis Head, and Robyn Raines, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    Quilt National: The Dairy Barn Arts Center Biennial, Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH
    Curator

    The Virginia Dulcimer: 200 Years of Bowing, Strumming & Picking, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    Fantastic Mechanics Sean Pace and Robert Sulkin, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    2012 - 2013
    Dali Illustrates Dante’s Divine Comedy, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    2012
    reDomestication: Ceramics by Birdie Boone, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    Shining Light: Folk Artists Nancy Johnson and Minnie Ma Scyphers, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    Circles in the Sand: Aboriginal Painting from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    Color Me Bad: Animation, Pop, Satire, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    2011 - 2012
    Dress-Up: A Regional Portrait of Childhood, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    Hazel Larson Archer: Black Mountain College Photographer, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    11th From These Hills Biennial, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    2011
    Visions of Paradise: Paintings by Rob Vander Zee, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    Virginia Rocks! The History of Rockabilly in the Commonwealth, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    Paper Forest: An Installation by Travis Graves and Jackson Martin, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    Goya, Dali, Warhol: Masterpieces of World Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
    Curator

    Mischief-Making: Contemporary Craftsman Jake Cress, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    To Transgress: Abstract Paintings by Betty Clark, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    Thinking Postmodern: Selections from the Radford University, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    Cabinet of Curiosities: Object Stories from the Cultural Heritage Project, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    2010
    The Subject of Being: Figurative Works by Megan Van Deusen and Gabriel Shaffer, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    Cohabitants: New Paintings by Heide Trepanier and David Mazure, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    An Educated Woman: Art from Girls’ Schools and Women’s Colleges, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    2009 - 2010
    Matisse, Picasso and Modern Art in Paris, William King Museum, Abingdon, VA
    Curator

    Publications

    2020
    Craft Capital: Philadelphia’s Cultures of Making, Publication edited by Glenn Adamson
    Project Manager

    Presentations

    2020
    Cultures of Making, Symposium with keynote speakers Vashti DuBois and Hinda Mandell, CraftNOW, Philadelphia, PA
    Organizer

    Lunch and Learn, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
    Presenter

    Excellence in Education Awards, James Renwick Alliance, Washington, D.C.
    Moderator

    Object Lesson, The Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA
    Presenter

    2019
    Craft Capital: Place, Economics and Prominence, Symposium with keynote Michelle Millar Fisher, CraftNOW, Philadelphia, PA
    Organizer

    Present Tense, American Craft Council National Conference, Philadelphia, PA
    Hosting Partner

    2018
    Making a Difference: Craft as a Means for Change, Symposium with keynote speaker Roberto Lugo, CraftNOW, Philadelphia, PA
    Organizer

    2017
    Fluid Boundaries: Fine Art, Craft, and Design, Symposium with keynote Abraham Thomas, CraftNOW, Philadelphia, PA
    Organizer

    2016
    Analog-Digital: Evolving Craft Practices, Symposium with keynote Glenn Adamson, CraftNOW, Philadelphia, PA
    Organizer

    2015
    The Proud and Profane: The Life of Lucy Herndon Crockett, Smyth Regional Library, Marion, VA
    Presenter

    2013
    Shining Light: Folk Artists Nancy Johnson and Minnie Ma Scyphers, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
    Presenter

    2012
    From These Hills, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
    Presenter

    Submitting an Artist Portfolio, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
    Presenter

    2011
    Professionalism in Arts and Crafts, ‘Round the Mountain', Abingdon, VA
    Presenter

    2010
    Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    Presenter

    Scarlett O’Hara’s Costumed Aggression and a Modern Day Problem with the Feminine, Symposium presentation for From Peplos to Petticoat to Punk, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
    Presenter

    2007
    Artist Lecture, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Presenter

    Visiting Artist Lecture, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
    Presenter

    2003
    Challenge to Beauty in Contemporary Art, Thesis Presentation, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
    Presenter

    Professional Experience

    2016 - Present
    CraftNOW, Philadelphia, PA
    Executive Director

    2009 - 2015
    William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, VA
    Curator of Exhibitions

    2011 - 2012
    Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon, VA
    Adjunct Professor of Drawing I & II

    2010 - 2012
    Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon, VA
    Adjunct Professor of Art History

    2007
    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Workshop Instructor: Early College Program
    Teaching Assistant: Roving Substitute Professor

    2006
    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Teaching Assistant: Painting Studio Multi-level

    2004 - 2006
    Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
    Director of Membership and Special Projects

    Honors, Awards, and Appointments

    2020
    Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
    Juror

    2019
    American Craft Show Awards of Excellence, Baltimore, MD
    Juror

    2018 - 2019
    LEADERSHIP Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
    Core Program

    2017
    Arts and Business Council, Philadelphia, PA
    Designing Leadership

    2015
    Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Lakeland, FL
    Juror

    2014
    Hunting Art Prize, Houston, TX
    Juror

    Sidewalk Arts Festival, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA
    Juror

    2010 - 2015
    Art Speaks, WEHC 90.7, Emory, VA
    Host

    Artistic Direction Committee, William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, VA
    Chair

    Acquisitions Committee, William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, VA
    Chair

    2012
    Salem Arts Festival, Salem, VA
    Juror

    2011
    Heartwood Artisans Center and ‘Round the Mountain, Abingdon, VA
    Juror

    2010 - 2012
    Arts Advisory Committee, Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon, VA
    Member

    2009
    John and Mary E. Hoggins Scholarship Recipient

    2007 - 2009
    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Recipient

    2007
    The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Community Associates Scholarship Recipient

    2004
    Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
    Departmental Honors for Art History

    2000 - 2004
    Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
    Dean's List
    Presidential Scholarship Recipient
    MCAD Scholarship Recipient

    Education

    2009
    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    MFA, Painting and Drawing
    Jacob K. Javits Fellow

    2007 - 2009
    DePaul University, Chicago, IL
    Arabic Language Program

    2004
    Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
    BFA, Art History with 2-D Fine Arts Emphasis
    Summa Cum Laude

    2002 - 2003
    Temple University Rome, Italy
    Junior Year Abroad