Leah K. Tomaino allows her viewers to see the beauty of nature in our otherwise largely urban society. Thus, she uses her works as personal metaphors for her spirituality-conscious and direct affirmations of life after death, death after life, and life within death. Leah was educated at William Paterson University, The Studio School of the Aegean, and The Cooper Union. She is an adjunct professor at the County College of Morris, an art instructor at ARTWORKS STUDIO, and a Curator at The ARC. She is also a member of the National Association of Women Artists and the New York Artists Equity Association.
By Linda Rosenblum
REPRESENTED by New Hope Sidetracks Art Gallery, 2A Stockton Ave., New Hope Art Center, New Hope, PA, phone: (215) 862-4586
Sept.1997-Jan.2002; William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ. MA; 2002.
June-August, 1987; The Studio Art School of the Aegean, Samos Greece.
Sept., 1983-May, 1987; The Cooper Union, 42 Cooper Square, New York, NY. BFA; 1987.
Area of Specialization: Painting
2003-Present: Adjunct Professor, County College of Morris, 214 Center Grove Rd., Randolph, NJ 07869. Teaching 2-Dimensional Design, 3-Dimensional Design, Drawing I & Drawing II.
2001-Present: Art Instructor, ARTWORKS STUDIO,502 Millbrook Ave., Randolph, NJ 07869. Teaching Painting, Drawing, Collage & 3-Dimensional Art to students, Pre-K through Adult in various media. Coordinator of student exhibitions at the Randolph Township Municipal Building.
2005-Present: Curator, The ARC/Morris, NJ and Randolph Lions Club Annual Wine Tasting & Fine Art Exhibit Benefit
1999: Visiting Artist Lecture and Workshop, Children’s Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette St., NY, NY
ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS:
October, 2011; “The Leahbras,” Bloomingdales, Bridgewater, Short Hills and Wayne, NJ
May-June, 2011; “RECYCLED,” Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery, One Johnson & Johnson Plaza, New Brunswick, NJ 08933
Nov., 2010-Jan., 2011; “RECYCLED”,The County College of Morris Gallery, Randolph, NJ.
Mar.-May, 2008; “ Days of Vines & Posies,” New Hope Sidetracks Art Gallery, New Hope, PA.
Oct., 2006-Jan., 2007; “Trees,” Collages & Paintings, Reform-Studio, Long Valley, NJ.
June-August, 2005; “Trees,” Paintings & Drawings, The Madison Gallery, Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ.
May, 2005; “Trees,” Paintings & Drawings, The Haggerty Education Center Gallery, The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morristown, NJ.
May-July, 2004; “Trees,” Paintings & Drawings, County College of Morris Gallery, Randolph, NJ.
June-July 2003; “Trees,” Paintings & Drawings, Morris County Library, Whippany, NJ.
1994-2002; Numerous Solo Shows of Paintings, Collages & Drawings, The Atlantic Gallery, 40 Wooster St, New York, NY.
August 1999; “Creative Issue,” Children’s Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette St., NYC
April 1995; Paintings, Collages, The Randolph Township Free Public Library, Randolph, NJ.
TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS:
Apr., 2003; “World Arboreal,” The Clifton Arts Center, 900 Clifton Ave., Clifton, NJ. Exhibited with artist Nora Speyer.
Feb.-Mar., 2002; “Trees,” Paintings and Drawings, The Atlantic Gallery, 40 Wooster St., 4th fl., New York, NY. Exhibited with artist Jane Henry.
Sept.-Oct., 1998; Collages, Drawings, Photographs, The Atlantic Gallery, 40 Wooster St., 4th fl., New York, NY. Exhibited with Artist Jane Henry.
July 1989; Assemblages, The West Wing Gallery, Ringwood State Park, Ringwood, NJ.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
Oct-Nov, 2012, “Coming of Age,” 127 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY
Sept, 2012,”National Association of Women Artists 123rd Annual Exhibition”, Sylvia Wald-Po Kim Gallery, 417 Lafayette St., 4th floor, New York, New York, 10003 AWARD WON: MEDAL OF HONOR
Sept-Nov. 2012: “Naked in New Hope”, Sidetracks Art Gallery, 2A Stockton Ave., New Hope, PA
Sept, 2012-Jan.,2013, “Seasons”, Park Avenue Club, 184 Park Avenue, Florham Park, NJ, AWARD WON: 1 ST Place, Juror: Steven Miller
Nov., 2012, “National Association of Women Artists New Member’s Exhibition,” N.A.W.A. Gallery, NY, NY
Sept-Nov., 2011: “Naked in New Hope,” Sidetracks Art Gallery, New Hope, PA
July-Sept,2010: ”Moby Dick on the Delaware,” Sidetracks Art Gallery, 2A Stockton Ave., New Hope, PA
Nov ’09-Apr 2010; “The Exquisite Corpse,” Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers U., Newark, NJ (catalogue)
May-June, 2009; “Spring Exhibition”, NYAXE Gallery, 818 Emerson St., Palo Alto, CA
Mar-Apr, 2009; “Reilly, Spatz and Tomaino,” ART UPSTAIRS, Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, 100 South St., Morristown, NJ.
Sept-Oct, 2008; “Naked in New Hope,” Sidetracks Art Gallery, 2A Stockton Ave., New Hope, PA.
Sept-Oct, 2008; “Fall Collection,” The F.U.E.L. Collection, 249 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA.
May-June, 2008; “Convergence,” UP Front Exhibition Space, 31 Jersey Ave., Port Jervis, NY.
Sept-Oct, 2007; “Naked in New Hope,” Sidetracks Art Gallery, 2A Stockton Ave., New Hope, PA.
Sept-Oct, 2007; “Desiderium,” Gallery Aferro, 73 Market St., Newark, NJ.
May-August, 2007; “Daylight Savings,” City Without Walls, Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ
Apr.-May, 2007; Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Exhibition Space, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ.
Feb-April, 2007; “Ménage Au Tree,” Sidetracks Art Gallery, 2A Stockton Ave., New Hope, PA.
Feb-March 2007, “21 st Annual International Juried Show,” Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ. Juror: Laura Hoptman, Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, NY.
June, 2006; Salmagundi Club, “Annual Juried Exhibition of Paintings, Graphics & Sculpture by Non-Members,” 47 5th Ave., NY, NY 10003.
Nov.-Dec., 2005; Myhelan Cultural Arts Alliance, Inc., Long Valley, NJ. Exhibited with artists Patrick Dougherty and Todd Doney.
Jan.-Feb., 2005; Griffin Gallery, “Naturescapes,” 2 Green Village Rd., Madison, NJ.
Dec.-Jan., 2005; Broome Street Gallery, “Holiday Invitational Exhibition,” 498 Broome St., NYC.
Nov., 2004; “Collector’s Evening,” NJ Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ 07901
1993-2002; 30 Invitational Exhibitions, The Atlantic Gallery, 40 Wooster St., New York, NY.
May-June 1999; “CWOW in SoHo,” ‘Exhibit A’ Gallery, 160 Mercer St., New York, NY.
May-June 1997; “Art of Northeast USA, 48th Annual Exhibition,” Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT. Juror: Cora Rosevear.
Dec.,1996-Jan., 1997; “The Broome Street Gallery Holiday Invitational Exhibition,” The Broome Street Gallery, 498 Broome St., New York, NY.
Nov., 1994-Oct., 1995; “The 13th Annual Metro Show,” City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
Feb.-Apr. 1995; New Work Corner, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ.
June 1993;“National ’93 Small Works Exhibition,” Arts Council Gallery, Cobleskill, NY. Juror: Ann Philbin.
Aug, 2012: National Association of Women Artists Medal of Honor & Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation Award for Works on Paper
Dec., 2010; FINALIST, The Artist’s Magazine 27 th Annual Art Competition, Abstract/Experimental
Feb,1996; GRANT, The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc., 380 Broadway, NY, NY.
The Star Ledger, September 23, 2012; Newark, NJ, p. 26 section one
The Daily Record, October 10, 2011; Parsippany, NJ, Matt Manachio, page A3
New Jersey Monthly Magazine, May, 2011, NJ Monthly, LLC, NJ, USA, p. 105
International Contemporary Artists, Vol. I,2010, ICA Publishing, NY, USA, p.180
The New York Times, November 22, 2009, NJ p. 18
Exquisite Corpse: Paul Robeson Galleries 30th Anniversary, 2009, Digital City Services, NY, USA
Ebru TV Television Appearance, September 25, 2007
Artworld Digest, Seed Issue 2007; NY, NY, David Cohen, page 10.
Dateline Journal, April 17, 2003; Clifton, NJ, Prime Time, page B1.
The Daily Record, November 10, 1996; Parsippany, NJ, Marion Filler, page W3.
The Daily Record, December 1, 1995; Parsippany, NJ, Marion Filler, page B3.
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2012-Present, The National Association of Women Artists, Inc., 80 Fifth Ave, New York, NY
1996-Present, New York Artists Equity Association, Inc., 498 Broome St., New York, NY.
1993-2002, The Atlantic Gallery, 40 Wooster St., New York, NY; 1995-1998 Vice President.