University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Leah Schreiber Johnson

leah schreiber johnsonLeah Schreiber Johnson
Undergraduate Art Advisor
MFA (Studio Art) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
BFA (Painting) Illinois State University, Normal, IL

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Leah Schreiber Johnson is an interdisciplinary artist whose media and approach ranges from drawing and painting to sculptural installation and collaborative performance – using these methods to investigate the often unexplainable gap between our human day-to-day experience and our scientific truths. Her curiosity often starts with found sources such as medical manuals, maps and historical records as points of reference to create works that explore the less absolute experiences of observation, sensation and fantasy.

In her role as an artist, a college instructor and an arts administrator Schreiber has presented at the Foundations Art Theory and Education conference on teaching the digital native. She was also invited to co-develop and lead a pilot studio course for a new partnership between Peck School of the Arts and Hubei University of Technology in Central China. She leads First Year Student Art and Design Living Learning Community programming and the Professional Practice class at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, preparing graduating seniors for the business side of being an artist.

Schreiber has received multiple awards and honors including a Marshall Frankel Foundation Fellowship and a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. She participated as Artist-in-Residence at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, The Contemporary Artist Center in North Adams, Massachusetts, the American Geographical Society Library in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and with Milwaukee Public Schools. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Alaska, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Vermont, Maine and Budapest, Hungary. She has taught at Lillstreet Art Center and the Marwen Foundation in Chicago and at Carroll University in Waukesha. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Illinois State University, and her Master of Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she currently teaches full-time as Associate Lecturer in the Department of Art and Design at the Peck School of the Arts.