Leah Schreiber Johnson
Undergraduate Art Advisor
MFA (Studio Art) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
BFA (Painting) Illinois State University, Normal, IL
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.
Schreiber has received multiple awards and honors including a Marshall Frankel Foundation Fellowship and a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. She participated in nationally known Artist-in-Residence programs including Vermont Studio Center, The Contemporary Artist Center in North Adams, Massachusetts and Starry Night Retreat in Truth or Consequences, NM. She has exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally, with recent solo exhibitions in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Missouri. 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 as a Lecturer in the Department of Art and Design at the Peck School of the Arts.
In her role as an artist, a college instructor, and an arts administrator Schreiber has presented at the Wisconsin Art Education Association and Foundations Art Theory and Education conference on teaching the digital native. She co-developed 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 is the Art & Design Faculty Advisor and teaches the Professional Practices course at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, preparing graduating seniors for the business side of being an artist.