Painting and Drawing, Area Head
MFA University of Colorado, Boulder
BA University of Iowa
Leslie Vansen teaches painting and drawing courses from the introductory through graduate levels. She makes acrylic paintings on canvas and paper that are presented regularly in invitational and juried exhibitions and are held in numerous public and private collections nationwide, including both the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Racine Art Museum. The paintings present metaphoric investigations into the functions of work, time and repetitive figurative movement through space, suggesting, by analogy and abstraction, the residue of human action on its immediate environment. Her paintings were featured in a side by side solo exhibition at the James Watrous gallery in Madison, Wisconsin in July 2013 and in the opening exhibition of St. John’s by the Lake gallery in July 2011. In 2008 she completed a collaborative project along with UWM's Christopher Burns and Luc Vanier culminating in the “Triptych” performance concerts at the Peck School of the Arts Kenilworth Square East studio research center and her work was the subject of a solo exhibition at Lawrence University's Wriston Art Center Galleries.