bio
3 May 2019

Leah Virsik is an artist based in Oakland, CA. Her work is driven by an interest in materials and includes collage, sculptural fiber and book arts. She received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University in 2016. In addition to directing the Adobe Art Gallery in Castro Valley, she currently facilitates watercolor and drawing to people with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Solo Exhibitions
0000–2019 You are Supported More Than You Know Mercury 20, Oakland, CA
0000–2018 Pipe Dreams City College Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA[/five_sixth_last]
0000–2014 Remnants of Paris Albany Community Center Foyer Art Gallery, Albany, CA
0000–2011 Hungry: The Book Art of Leah Virsik Pacific Pinball Museum, Alameda, CA
0000–2010 Dichotomy Kensington Library, Kensington, CA

Select Group Exhibitions
0000–2019 (forthcoming September 28) Resonance PhotoCentral, Hayward, CA
0000–2019 Fiber as Metaphor Española Valley Fiber Arts Center (EVFAC) with galleryFritz, Santa Fe, NM
0000–2019 10th Annual Altered Book Exhibit and Fundraiser Marin MOCA, Novato, CA
0000–2018 Self-Portraits in the Age of Selfies Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
0000–2018 20/20 Vision, Mercury 20 Gallery Oakland, CA[/five_sixth_last]
0000–2017 Kintsugi: Healing Cracked Spaces PhotoCentral Gallery, Hayward, CA
0000–2016 SCRAP, Reclaimed: Elevating the Art of Reuse SF Arts Education Project Gallery
0000–2016 at the Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA
0000–2016 Meaning in Making MFA Exhibition, Fine Arts Gallery at San Francisco State, San Francisco, CA
0000–2015 The Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition
0000–2015 SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
0000–2014 SF State Stillwell Student Showcase Fine Arts Gallery at San Francisco State, San Francisco, CA
0000–2014 Kala Artists’ Annual Kala Gallery, Berkeley, CA
0000–2014 In Other Words PopUp Gallery at Autobody Fine Art, Alameda, CA
0000–2014 Unique Surfaces–A Collage Gary Francis Fine Art, Alameda, CA
0000–2013 20th Annual Alameda Women Artists Group Exhibit Alameda Museum, Alameda, CA
0000–2013 The Art of Giving Art Gary Francis Fine Art, Alameda, CA
0000–2013 Inspiration: Richmond Art Center Faculty Exhibition Richmond, CA
0000–2013 20th Annual Alameda Women Artists Group Exhibit Alameda, CA
0000–2013 RISK Berkeley Art Center Berkeley, CA, jurors: Apsara DiQuinzio & Kimberly Johansson
0000–2013 Narrative Threads Abecedarian Gallery Denver, CO
0000–2013 Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios
0000–2013 4th Annual Altered Book and Book Arts Show Marin MOCA, Novato, CA
0000–2013 All Types: Text & Type-Based Art Redux Studios & Gallery Alameda, CA
0000–2012 Plenty The Gallery at Fibre Arts Design Palo Alto, CA
0000–2012 Pro Arts Box Art Benefit Auction Pro Arts Oakland, CA
0000–2012 Convergence & Divergence: Two Artists Look at Memories with Deborah Griffin,
0000–2012 Ken Cook Gallery at the Sun Gallery Hayward, CA
0000–2012 The Elephant in the Room CK Gallery Oakland, CA
0000–2012 Bay Area Women Artists O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA, juror: Donna Seager
0000–2012 A Thread Runs Through It Sun Gallery Hayward, CA
0000–2012 Discardia CK Gallery Oakland, CA
0000–2012 Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios
0000–2012 A Sense of Place CK Gallery Oakland, CA
0000–2012 Influence: Art Can Change the World CK Gallery Oakland, CA
0000–2011 Pro Arts Box Art Benefit Auction Pro Arts Oakland, CA
0000–2011 34th Area Artists’ Annual Juried Exhibit Adobe Art Gallery Castro Valley, CA,
0000–2011 juror: Jacqueline Cooper, Merit Award for Snack
0000–2011 Bibliophoria II Sebastopol Center for the Arts
0000–2011 Art House Co-op Sketchbook Project
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2011 Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios Oakland, CA
0000–2010 17th Annual Alameda Women Artists Group Exhibit Alameda, CA
0000–2010 Artists Engaged LIFE: Expressions of Living Past & Present Castro Valley, CA
0000–2010 Pro Arts Box Art Benefit Auction Pro Arts Oakland, CA
0000–2010 Bay Area Book Arts Jam Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA
0000–2010 Bay Area Women Artists O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA, juror: Donna Seager
0000–2010 Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios
0000–2010 BLAGE Collage and Assemblage O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
0000–2009 Pro Arts Box Art Benefit Auction Pro Arts Oakland, CA
0000–2009 Alameda Women Artists Group Show, Alameda Museum, Alameda, CA
0000–2009 Bay Area Book Arts Jam Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA
0000–2009 Cross Currents IAA, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA
0000–2009 The Canvas Project Vol. 2 Art House Co-op, Atlanta Airport, Atlanta, GA
0000–2009 Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios Oakland, CA
0000–2009 Alameda on Camera Frank Bette Center for the Arts Alameda, CA
0000–2009 Renew Alameda Women Artists Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA
0000–2008 A Visual Word Alameda Women Artists Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA
0000–2008 Alameda on Camera Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA
0000–2008 Vision & Revision Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA
0000–2007 Alameda Literati Book Fair, Alameda, CA
0000–2007 Reading Between the Lines Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA
0000–2007 Patterns, Portions and Pieces Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA

Education
2013–2016 MFA in Fine Arts, SF State, San Francisco, CA
2002–2013 Workshops with a variety of instructors including: Donna Watson, Taun Relihan, Lisa Kokin,
2002–2013 Mari AndrewsMarsha Shaw, Nina Bagley, DJ Pettitt, Jody AlexanderMichael Burke,
2002–2013 Carolee Gilligan Wheeler,Nick Bantock,,Lisa Rappoport,,Claudia Laub and Takeshi Nakayoshi
2010–2011 Victoria May, private mentoring, Santa Cruz, CA
2010–2013 Lisa Kokin, critique group and private mentoring, El Sobrante, CA
1996–2000 University of California, Berkeley Extension, San Francisco, CA, Graphic Design Certificate
1990–1994 California State University, Hayward, CA, Bachelor of Science degree
1990–1994 Major: Marketing Management, Minor: Art Studio

Fellowships/Awards
0000–2017 Artist-in-Residence, Free Oakland UP, Oakland, CA
0000–2016 Graduate Fellowship Alternate, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA,
0000–2016 jurors: Nicole J. Caruth, Jamil Hellu & Lisa Martin
0000–2016 Sher-Right Scholarship, administered by SF State
0000–2015 Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Fellowship, administered by The San Francisco Foundation
0000–2015 Leo D. Stillwell Jr. Scholarship, administered by SF State
0000–2014 SF State/Kala Art Institute MFA Fellowship: Artist-in-Residence, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
0000–2014 SF State Fine Arts & Creative Arts, Printmaking Project Award,
0000–2014 in collaboration with Sarah Heady, administered by SF State
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Collections
Andrew Ong and George Robertson, New York, NY
J. Paul Leonard Library, Book Arts & Special Collections, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Public Library, Book Arts & Special Collections, San Francisco, CA
University at Buffalo, Special Collections, Buffalo, NY

Bibliography
Cheng, DeWitt. “Slices of Life: Two artists at Mercury Twenty transform reality with their art.” The Monthly March 2019
Moriki, Darin.  “Hayward art exhibit explores piecing beauty together:
Works of Bay Area artists embody survival, loss, love and healing.”
East Bay Times  21 July 2017
Jordahl, Geir. Kintsugi: Healing Cracked Spaces. Hayward: True North Editions, 2017. Print.
Lannin, Kelsey. “MFA Art Grads Showcase Latest Works.” Golden Gate Express. 21 April 2016
Chen, Julie. 500 Handmade Books. New York: Lark, 2013. 70. Print.
Barnes, Kaela. “Hayward Art Gallery Celebrates Local Artists” The Pioneer Online, 8 November 2012
Borgen, Susan. “Art Lives Here.” Cloth Paper Scissors Studios Spring 2011: 34-35.
Corpron, Anna “Eye Candy: Follow Friday–Leah Virsik.” The Sub-Studio Design Blog. 10 July 2009

Publications as Author
Virsik, Leah “Ancient Bookbinding: Borrow a centuries-old method to hand-stitch a beautiful journal.” Threads September 2013: 28-31.
Virsik, Leah “Flies at Work” Voight Kampff Magazine, Issue 03, The Synchronicity Issue, October 2012: 50-51.
Virsik, Leah “Flies at Work” Voight Kampff Magazine. 24 September 2012
Virsik, Leah “Mini Watercolor Cover.” Cloth Paper Scissors Pages Winter 2011: 46-50.
Virsik, Leah “The Art Garage.” Cloth Paper Scissors Studios Summer 2011: 102-104.

Artist Talks
0000–2019 You are Supported More Than You Know, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA, Feb 23
0000–2014 Embroidery as Transformation: Altered Clothing Lecture/Assignment for
0000–2014 Kate Nartker’s Introduction to Textile Art, SF State, San Francisco, CA
0000–2014 Deconstructing my Grad School Experience Lisa Solomon’s Professional Practices: Studio Art,
0000–2014 SF State, San Francisco, CA, Sep 10
0000–2014 Lecture/Critique with Kimberley Arteche: Chris Finley’s
0000–2014 Art as Inquiry–Interdisciplinary Studio Experiences, SF State, San Francisco, CA, Apr 22 & May 15
0000–2014 Vic De La Rosa’s Textiles Studio Process, SF State, San Francisco, CA, Feb 10
0000–2013 Brandeis Hillel Day School, San Rafael in conjunction with Artists Teaching Art,
0000–2013 Sausalito Art Festival Foundation, Sausalito, CA, Apr 24
0000–2009 Cross Currents, Island Alliance of the Arts Group Exhibit, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA, Aug 22

Affiliation
2008–2010 Alameda Women Artists Board Member