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 recently the subject of a solo exhibition at Lawrence University's Wriston Art Center Galleries. She is currently engaged in an on-going collaborative drawing project and was one of three participating artists along with UWM's Christopher Burns and Luc Vanier in the collaborative performance concert "Triptych" at the Peck School of the Arts Kenilworth Square East studio research center in June 2008.