Joanne Lefrak

Born: 1977, Long Branch, NJ

Biography and Information

Biography
Joanne Lefrak is an artist, museum educator and teacher. In her artwork she explores the connection between history and experience of place. Her work has exhibited at MASS MoCA,  ev+a in Ireland, Albuquerque Museum, and the New Mexico Museum of Art, among others. Her artwork has been reviewed in Art in America, Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, Art ltd., CIRCA Art Magazine, AdobeAirstream, and the Santa Fean, and many other national and international magazines and blogs. She is the director of Education and Curator of Public Practice at SITE Santa Fe is a current fellow of MCA Denver’s Animating Museums Creative Leadership program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Lefrak currently lives and works in Santa Fe, NM.

Joanne Lefrak traveled with poet Hakim Bellamy to visit Nepal’s sacred sites and trek through the Himalayas. From this experience, Bellamy wrote a book of poetry entitled Prayer Flags about the pilgrimage, mountains, and people of Nepal. Lefrak selected excerpts from these poems and fused the text into glass by pressing glass powder through a silkscreen before firing in a kiln.

Education
2001
MFA, Studio Art, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

1999
BS, Studio Art, Minor, Art History, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Solo Exhibitions
2018
Pilgrimage (two person), Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2013
Treasure Sites, Leslie Sacks Contemporary, Santa Monica

2012
Treasure Sites, William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2010
Past as Presence, Box Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2008
Joanne Lefrak, Box Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006
Joanne Lefrak, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe

Group Exhibitions
2018
Collectors Eye, Offroad Productions, Santa Fe, NM

2017
Beauty is the Antidote, Santa Fe Collective, Electric Pony Studios, Los Angeles, CA

2016
(INFRA) STRUCTURE: complex, below and further on, Lannan Foundation, 
Santa Fe, NM

Interstated, Offroad Productions, Santa Fe, NM

Black/White, William Shearburn Gallery, Saint Louis, MO

SITE Unseen, SITE Santa Fe, NM

2015
Double Vision, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

Wade Wilson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

Scene and Unseen, Cinnabar Gallery, San Antonio, TX

Axle Indoors, Peter’s Projects, Santa Fe, NM

2014
SITE Unseen, SITE Santa Fe, NM

2013
Changing Perceptions of the Western Landscape,  Albuquerque Museum, NM Alcoves, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM

2012
SITE Unseen, SITE Santa Fe, NM

2011
666 Six Artists, Six Cities, Six Connections, Queen’s Nails, San Francisco, CA; Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM; Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago IL; Popp’s Packing; Detroit, MI; Gallery 37-A, Portland, ME; and Pterodactyl, Philadelphia, PA

2010
InVisible, Art at the Edge of Perception, curated by Katia Zavistovski, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

SITE Unseen, SITE Santa Fe, NM

2009
The Wonder Salon, Linda Durham Contemporary Art

Cold Beer Beautiful Girls, William Shearburn Gallery

Alternative Spaces, curated by Laura Addison, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe

2008
Paper Cuts, curated by Bobbie Foshay, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, NY, NY Renaissance, Eileen Braziel Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

SITE Unseen, SITE Santa Fe, NM

Beaux Arts, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Black or White, Eileen Braziel Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

2007
Loosely Joined, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM (Exhibition Catalogue)

ev+a; A Sense of Place, curated by Klaus Ottmann, Born Vincent Gallery, Limerick, Ireland (Exhibition Catalog)

2006
Response, Salon Mar Graff, Tesuque, NM

Back to Nature, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA

White Leaves/Black Shadows, Gallery ZIPP, Glorieta, NM

SITE Unseen, SITE Santa Fe, NM

2005
Metamorphosis, Beaux Arts Ball & Auction, Center for Contemporary Arts, 
Santa Fe, NM

On the Verge of Structural Failure, Albuquerque Contemporary Art Center, NM

BLOC-BUSTA, Department of Cultural Affairs, Santa Fe, NM & Katrina Lasko Gallery, Bernalillo, NM (Exhibition Catalogue)

2004
Joanne Lefrak, Katrina Lasko Gallery, Bernalillo, NM

Albuquerque Contemporary, Albuquerque Museum, NM (Exhibition Catalogue)

2003
Joanne Lefrak, Katrina Lasko Gallery, Bernalillo, NM

Moving Through Light, CCG, Portland, OR

2001
The Science of Medicine, McKinsey Corporation, Florham Park, NJ

Group Show at the Mop Tsu Oh Art Center, operated by the Art Guys, Houston, TX

5, White Box — the Annex, NYC, NY, curated by David Levi Strauss

2000
Snapshot, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD

Group Show, curated by Dominique Nahas, Midland Gallery, Montclair, NJ

Faith,  Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, collaboration with Osvaldo Romberg


Collections
Steve and Karen Berkowitz, Santa Fe, NM

Corrales Fire Department, through New Mexico Arts

Fidelity Investments

Lannan Foundation

Larry Hinz, Santa Fe, NM

Marlene Nathan Meyerson, NY

William and Alicia Miller, Santa Fe, NM

Charles and Barbara Moore, Santa Fe, NM 

New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe

Cindy Miscikowski, Los Angeles

Arnold and Lorlee Tenenbaum, Atlanta, GA

Andrew Wallerstein and Mary Sloane, Santa Fe, NM

Awards
2017-19
Animating Museums, MCA Denver

2017
Roswell Artist in Residency Program (month of February)

2016
Bullseye Glass Artist in Residency Program

2014
Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2012  & 2006
Creative Capital, Professional Development Grant

2001
I-Park, Artists Enclave, East Haddam, CT, Full Fellowship

2001
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Full Fellowship

Press
2013
Peter Frank, Haiku Reviews, Huffington Post, March 13

2010 Kathryn M Davis, Top Summer Shows You Can Still Catch: North and South, Huffington Post, September 8

Kullberg, Malissa, Past as Presence, Joanne Lefrak at Box Gallery, Santa Fe Downtown,  August 28, 2010

Kathryn Crocker, Past as Presence: Joanne Lefrak, Adobeairstream, August 25

Zavistovski, Katia, Come Curious, Art:21 blog, June 7

Oliver Wunsch, Phemomenowhat?, Art:21 blog,  April 28

Smee, Sebastian, For Art Lovers, Western Mass. Awaits, The Boston Globe. March 7

Mitchell, John E, For MoCA Artist: Past is a Presence, The North Adams Transcript,

February 12

2009
Douglas Fairfield, The Wonder Salon, Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Pasatiempo: The New Mexican. December 4-10, pg 28

Douglas Fairfield, Art in Review: Alternative Spaces, Pasatiempo: The New Mexican,

March 5

2008
Harmony Hammond, Signs and Silhouettes, Albuquerque Journal North, August 20

Zane Fischer, Artist Profile: Joanne Lefrak, Art ltd., Sept/Oct, pp. 74-75

2007
Fergal Gaynor, Review Ev+a 2007, CIRCA Art Magazine: Circa120, Season 2007: pp 94-97

King, Sarah, Joanne Lefrak at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Art in America, January, pg. 152

Ross, Alex, Salon Mar Graff: Friday, October 27, 2006,  The Magazine, December/ January 2006-07: pg. 67

2006
Alex Ross, Joanne Lefrak, The Magazine, May, pg. 48

Elizabeth Cook-Romero, Going for Beauty, Pasatiempo: The New Mexican, February17-23, pp. 44, 46

2005
Allen, Steven Robert, Culture Shock,The Alibi, October 27-November 2: pg. 18

Press Release
2018 Pilgrimage at Richard levy Gallery