Leslie Friedman


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Leslie Friedman



Born 1981 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.  Learned the process of silk-screen in the summer of 2002 at Providence’s AS220 and started making posters. Moved to Argentina for two and a half years to focus on art.  Returned to the United States in 2007 and moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to pursue her masters.  There, along with a fellow Tyler alumna, founded an artist-run project space called NAPOLEON.  In 2012, Leslie was named a Center For Emerging Visual Artists fellow in their Career Development Program.



Masters of Fine Arts, Printmaking
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


Bachelors of Arts, Political Science                                                                                                     
Brown University, Providence, RI


Full-Time Visiting Lecturer, Printmaking 1, 2, and 3, Digital Foundations,
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA (Spring 2013)

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Advanced Serigraphy, Serigraphy, Lithography,
Visual Studies: Print Imaging
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (Summer 2011 – Spring 2014)

Lecturer, Intro to Digital Imaging, Reading the Visual,
Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA (Fall 2013 – Spring 2014)

Lecturer, Graduate Seminars, Visual Culture Studies, Criticism
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA (Spring 2012 – Spring 2014)

Adjunct Lecturer, Printmaking 1
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA (Fall 2011 – Fall 2012)

Writing & Thesis Mentor, Graduate Studies,
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA (Fall 2012 – Spring 2014)

Instructor, Pre-College Printmaking,
Tyler School of Art Continuing Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (Summer 2011)

Teaching Assistantship, Serigraphy, Teacher of Record,
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (Spring & Fall 2010)

Technician Assistantship, all printmaking studios including digital lab,
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (Fall 2009 – Fall 2010)

Solo Exhibitions


Yenta, Wind Challenge Exhibition Series, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA


Fun Guys, Gallery 401, Providence, RI
Tastier, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
Mis/Constru(ct)ed Identity: Exploring Jewish Stereotypes
, The Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Philadelphia, PA


Tasty, Napoleon, Philadelphia, PA


Glitzianers, Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA


The Fossil Fools Project, AS220 Main Gallery, Providence, RI


Merry X-Mas, Mr. President, The Dirt Palace/RISCA Grant, Providence, RI

Collaborative & Two-Person Exhibitions


Gay, Jewish, or Both, an installation collaboration with Bernardo Margulis, NAPOLEON, Philadelphia, PA
The Path and the Structure, two-person spotlight exhibit with Rebecca Gilbert, Center For Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA


As first as exactly, collaborative installation with the ten members of NAPOLEON, Traction Company, Philadelphia, PA

Group Exhibitions


artNOW:Philadelphia, Kohl Gallery, Washington College, Chestertown, MD
Professional Artist Members Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA


Charta Amor: 4th MAAPS International Printmaking Exhibition Series, Seoul, Korea; Guangzhou, China; University of Alaska; Southern Indiana University; Eastern Indiana University; University of Wyoming; and University of Arizona
Urban Pop, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Poptober, Old City Jewish Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
As is as repeating, Traction Company, Philadelphia, PA


Introduction 2012: A First Look at the New Career Development Fellows, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Fragile Boundaries, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE
Actions: Mutations: Revisions: Formations, Calder Plaza, Grand Rapids, MI
Visions & Vignettes, ArtWorks, Trenton, NJ
15th Annual National Small Works, Washington Printmakers Gallery, Silver Spring, MD
Faculty at Work, Muhlenberg Gallery, Allentown, PA
Oso Bay North American Printmaking Exhibition, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX
Current Trends in Print, Elon University, Elon, NC
Small Favors VII, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA


Woot!, The Icebox, Philadelphia, PA


Tyler Grad Symposium, Philadelphia, PA


AS220 Print Lottery, AS220 Main Gallery, Providence, RI


La Locura, Rara, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Wunderground: Providence, 1995 to present, RISD Museum, Providence, RI


Lost & Unknown: Stories From Rhode Island’s Underground, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI



Singing True North organized by Fawn Atencio

Accolades, Invitations, Lectures, and Fellowships


Fleisher Wind Challenge 2014 winner


Understanding Stereotypes: A Panel Discussion, The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island


Career Development Fellow, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA
The Future of Jewish Art: One Artist’s Perspective, invited artist lecturer, Hillel at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


Gelb, Daniel. “Closing Reception: Gay, Jewish, or Both.” Philadelphia Weekly [Philadelphia, PA] January 29th, 2014, 2014, Section: Philadelphia Now: p. 7 http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/events/Closing-Reception-Gay-Jewish-or-Both-242451301.html

Chien, Janette. “Leslie Friedman & Bernardo Margulis.” Printeresting.org, January 23, 2014. http://www.printeresting.org/2014/01/23/leslie-friedman-bernardo-margulis/

Koontz, Leah. “Gay, Jewish, or Both.” TheArtBlog.org, January 21, 2014.  http://www.theartblog.org/2014/01/gay-jewish-or-both/

Fallon, Roberta. “First Friday of the New Year – Great stuff out there in the Vox building and at Space 1026.” TheArtBlog.org, January 5, 2014. http://www.theartblog.org/2014/01/first-friday-of-the-new-year-great-stuff-out-there-in-the-vox-building-and-at-space-1026/

Schwartz, Chip. “Meta miniatures, poetry-inspired objects captivate at two Philly galleries.” KnightArts.org, November 19, 2013. http://www.knightarts.org/community/philadelphia/napoleon-traction-company-citywide-philly

Chien, Janette.  “Candy Without Consequence.” Title Magazine, August 2, 2013.  http://www.title-magazine.com/2013/08/candy-without-consequence/

Crimmins, Peter. “Porn and aspartame’s artistic union.” Newsworks.org. July 12, 2013. http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/57262-what-do-porn-and-aspartame-have-in-common

“NewsWorks Tonight July 12, 2013.”  NewsWorks Tonight.  WHYY. 12 July 2013. Radio

Brewer, Don. “Urban Pop.” Don Art News, April 7, 2013. http://www.donartnews.com/urban-pop/

Epstein, Edward.  “Mainlining Urban Art – Distort, Jay Walker, and Leslie Friedman At Main Line Art Center.” TheArtBlog.org, April 4, 2013. http://www.theartblog.org/2013/04/mainlining-urban-art-distort-jay-walker-and-leslie-friedman-at-main-line-art-center/

Kirch, Nancy. “Local Artist Returns Home with New Show.” The Jewish Voice & Herald [Providence, RI] January 4th, 2013, Section: Features, p. 2. (viewable online at http://www.jvhri.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3551%3Alocal-artist-returns-home-with-a-new-show&catid=41%3Acommunity&Itemid=62)

Fallon, Roberta. “Open Studio Tour Shows the Other Side of the Easel.” Philadelphia Daily News [Philadelphia, PA] October 19th, 2012, Section: Features: Art, p. 38. (picture only)

Kulik, Shayna. “Half Piped Ideas with Leslie Friedman.” Pattern Pulp, August 1, 2012. http://www.patternpulp.com/art/half-piped-ideas-with-leslie-friedman/

Newhall, Edith. “Galleries: Shows are a good reason for a short trip to Delaware.”    Philadelphia Inquirer [Philadelphia, PA] July 29th, 2012, 184th year no. 59, Section: H6.

Sexton, Courtney.  “THE CURATOR: Fake sugar and Sugarhouse.” thecitypaper.net, February 10, 2012. http://www.citypaper.net/blogs/criticalmass/THE-CURATOR-Fake-sugar-.html?page=2

Rosof, Libby. “Leslie Friedman’s Tasty at Napoleon.” TheArtBlog.org, February 9, 2012,   http://www.theartblog.org/2012/02/leslie-friedmans-tasty-at-napoleon/

Emmons, Amze, “Leslie Friedman at Napoleon.” Printeresting, February 8, 2012, http://www.printeresting.org/2012/02/08/leslie-friedman-at-napoleon/

Fallon, Roberta. “Weekly Update—A Great Big Woot! From Tyler’s Graduating MFA’s.” TheArtBlog.org, March 9, 2011, http://www.theartblog.org/2011/03/weekly-update-a-great-big-woot-from-tylers-graduating-mfas/

Kulik, Shayna. “Fossil Fools with Leslie Friedman.” Pattern Pulp, September 25,   2009, http://www.patternpulp.com/artist-profile/fossil-fools-with-leslie-friedman/


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