Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION:

2021    JVS, Welding & Fab. SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, Plasma Cutting. Lifetime Cert. 3G GMAW
2019    Lakeland Community College, Arc Welding Fundamentals
2011    Cleveland Institute of Art, B.F.A. Biomedical Illustration
2010    Cuyahoga Community College. Cross-registered for African American Literature
2010-11    Cleveland State University, Cross-registered for Human Biology and Endocrinology
2008-09   Case Western Reserve University, Cross-registered for Biology, Anatomy & Physiology
2007-08    Lorain County Community College, Associates in Entrepreneurship
2006-07    Columbus College of Art & Design, Foundation Studies

EXHIBITIONS:

2024   Figurative Realism of Ohio. Schumacher Gallery. Bexley, OH
2023    Solo Show. Mansfield Art Center. Mansfield, OH
2023    Just Beyond Words: A Series on Transforming with Community. CSU Gallery, Cleveland OH
2023    LA Art Show. Art Unified. Los Angeles, CA
2022    Scope. Art Unified. Art Basel. Miami, FL
2022    Group Show. LK Gallery. Cleveland, OH
2022    Paul and Norma Painting Prize Juried Show. Ashtabula, OH
2022    Solo Show. Kaiser Gallery. Cleveland, OH
2022    101 Wishes. A benefit for Max. Bonfoey Gallery. Cleveland, OH
2022    Art Market Hamptons Art Fair. Bridgehampton, NY
2022    CAN Triennial. You Are Here. Bonfoey Gallery / CSU Gallery. Cleveland, OH
2022    Bearing Witness: Urgent Response Unprecedented Times. D. Colabella Gallery. Ridgefield, CT
2022    LA Art Show. Art Unified. Los Angeles, CA
2022   Biennial Juried Exhibition. Medici Museum of Art. Warren, Ohio
2021    Biennial Juried Exhibition. Riffe Gallery. Columbus, Ohio
2021    BYND LMTS. National Group Show RPAC Gallery. Ridgefield, CT
2021    All About Women. National Juried Show. Marin Society of Artists. San Raphael, CA
2021    All Women’s Show. Group Show. District Gallery. Cleveland, Ohio
2021    Gaze. International All Women’s Show. All She Makes & Art to Hearts. India.
2021    Mouse House Party Group Exhibition. Akron Art Museum. Current Cleveland. Cleveland, Ohio
2021    2nd Annual Future Art Awards. National Group Show. Mozaik Philanthropy. Honorariums Show
2021    Cleveland Print Room’s International Peer Show. Cleveland, Ohio
2021    Ohio Art League Spring Juried Show. Columbus, Ohio
2021    Women in Art 2021. Las Laguna Art Gallery. Laguna Beach, California
2021    One in a Year. The Painting Center. Chelsea. Manhattan, New York
2021    Spaces Member Juried Show 2021. Spaces. Cleveland, Ohio
2019    I AM A WOMAN. Lichtundfire Gallery. Manhattan, New York
2019    Figurtivas 2019 Semifinalist. European Museum of Modern Art. Barcelona, Spain
2018    Artwork Chosen for Midtown billboard during Art Basel. Miami, Florida
2018    Ohio Art League Fall Juried Show. Ft. Hayes Shot Tower. Columbus, Ohio
2016    60 Americans. Makeshift Museum. Los Angeles, California
2010    BMA Spring Show. Cleveland Institute of Art. Cleveland, Ohio
2009    Virtue, Vice, and Contraband. Allen Memorial Medical Library, CWRU. Cleveland, Ohio
2009    The Art and Science of Botanical Illustration. Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Cleveland, Ohio
2009    IME Show and BMA Spring Show. Cleveland Institute of Art. Cleveland, Ohio
2008    BMA Spring Show. Cleveland Institute of Art. Cleveland, Ohio
2007    Annual CCAD Student Exhibition. Columbus College of Art & Design. Columbus, Ohio
2006    Young American Patriotic Art Show. National VFW Women’s Auxiliary. Reno, Nevada
2006    National Congressional District Art Show. U.S. Capitol Building. Washington, D.C.
2006    Regional Ohio Congressional District Art Show. Akron, Ohio
2006    Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition. James A. Rhodes State Office Tower. Columbus, Ohio
2006    National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Alliance Gallery. Manhattan, New York
2006    Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Lorain County Community College. Elyria, Ohio
2005    National Congressional District Art Show. Senator Sherrod Brown’s Office. Washington, D.C.
2005    Regional Ohio Congressional District Art Show. Akron, Ohio
2005    National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Diane Von Furstenberg Studio. Manhattan, New York
2005    National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Alliance Gallery. Manhattan, New York

 

PUBLICATIONS & PRESS

2022    Cleveland Scene MagazineArtist Leigh Brooklyn Displays Anatomical Mastery, Dystopian Vision in "All of ME".  Sept. 29, 2022
2022    CAN Journal. The CAN Triennial 2022 Purchase and Exhibition Prizes. August, 2022
2022    Adcom Cleveland Arts Podcast, Episode 2. Recorded June, 6, 2022
2022    068 Magazine. On Bearing Witness: An Urgent Response to Unprecedented Times. March-April
2022    Mimi Magazine. Girl Power: Meet the Artist: Leigh Brooklyn. February, 2022 
2022    Mills Road. Leigh Brooklyn, Artist. Feature. January 2, 2022 
2021    American Illustration 40. Book published featuring the top illustrations in the year 2020. Nov.  
2021    WKYC News 1. All Good News: We’re explaining the newest mural up in public square. Sept. 15
2021    Cleveland.com. Tennis in the Land Finals Set: Spirited Matches, Cleveland on Display. Aug 27        
2021    FreshWater Cleveland. Students, artists team up w/ Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Aug. 26
2021    Spectrum News 1. NE Ohio Artist Uses Talents to Combat Domestic Abuse. Jan. 23, 2021
2020    More By Her. Leigh Brooklyn, Figurative Artist and Activist. Dec.16, 2020
2020    Fresh Water Cleveland. Dropping a  Love Bomb: Local Artist Fights Domestic Violence with Newest Series. 
2020    Creative Compass. Leigh Brooklyn: Creating a Women’s Empowerment Movement. Oct. 14
2019    WhiteHot Magazine. I AM A WOMAN. July 2019
2019    FreshWater Cleveland. 5 Up-and-Coming Artists to Watch in Cleveland. July 2019
2019    Beautiful Bizarre. Leigh Bongiorno and the Importance of Portraits in our Digital Age. April 20
2019    ArtVoices Magazine 10th Annual Special Edition. Cover & Feature. Spring 2019
2019    WhiteHot Magazine. Artist Leigh Bongiorno: Wants to Change the World. March 2019
2019    American Art Collector. Collector’s Focus. March 2019
2018    Beautiful Bizarre. Loving Humanity: The American Realism of Leigh Bongiorno. Dec. 2018
2018    The Cleveland Foundation. InterUrban Phase II Debuts. Part of Cleveland Book Week. Sept. 28
2018    Cleveland Scene Magazine. 23 Artists You Should be Following on Instagram. Sept. 2018
2017    ArtVoices Magazine 9th Annual Special Edition. Cover & Feature. Winter 2017
2017    Real Art Real Talk. Episode 3: In the Studio: Leigh Bongiorno. By Clayton Cambell. YouTube
2013    Surgical Atlas of Intestinal Stomas, Cleveland Clinic
2011    Santa’s Hideaway Hollows. Children’s Book
2010    Digital Art Revolution. Scott Ligon 
2006    National VFW Women’s Auxiliary Magazine

EXPERIENCE & INVOLVEMENT:

2022     Walton Elementary School. Art House. Cleveland, Ohio                                                                  
- Taught art in predominantly Spanish speaking school to students in grades 1-8
2022     Street Art Workshop for Reelabilities Intl Film Festival. Museum of Contemporary Art. Cleveland, Ohio
- Taught street art stenciling in conjunction with screening of No Bone: A story of Survival. Sept 24th
2022     Procreate Workshop. Future Ink Graphics. Cleveland, Ohio
- Taught two-day workshop on Procreate digital software on Ipads. Sept 3rd & 10th
2022     101 Wishes. A Benefit for Max. Bonfoey Gallery. Cleveland, Ohio
- One of 50 Artists donating work to cover stem cell infusions to save a fellow artist’s son. Sept. 12
2022    The Collective : Women’s Professional Group. Kaiser Gallery. Cleveland, Ohio
- Co-created women’s networking group with guest speakers and catering. Launch event. Aug. 18th
2022    Accessible Art Open House Teaching Artist. Future Ink Graphics. Cleveland, Ohio
- Taught Procreate digital software on Ipads to disabled individuals. July 30th
2022    Art House Collaborative Mural. Campus International. Cleveland, Ohio
- Lead artist and art teacher on children’s mural in downtown Cleveland. 1st-4th grades. July
2022    Keynote Speaker. Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Art Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio
- Asked to speak about my experience with scholastics and to inspire the students. Feb. 18th. 2022
2022    Ceremonial Inauguration of Mayor Justin Bibbs. Cleveland, Ohio
- Artist selected to show work in video for the ceremony. Jan. 8th. 2022
2021    Virtual Artist Talk. Riffe Gallery. Biennial Juried Exhibition. Columbus, Ohio
- Solo artist talk and for 2021 Biennial show. Dec. 15th. 2021
2021    Live Painting at Tennis in the Land . Tennis in the Land. Part of the Women's Tennis Association US Open Series. Cleveland, OH
- Raised Money for The City Mission by raffling off an oil painting made at the event. 
2021    Virtual Studio Tour & Artist Talk. Column & Stripe. Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH
- Spoke about influences, inspiration, process, marketing and goal setting with group members at studio
2021    It’s Almost Tomorrow Mural. Collaboration with Amanda D. King. Cleveland, Ohio
- Created a mural with students of Citizens Leadership Academy SE. Public Square in downtown Cleveland for diversity and inclusivity to fight discrimination
2021    Virtual Artist Talk. Garrett, Indiana
- Spoke with BFA candidates about marketing in the arts
2021    W.A.G.S for Kids. Cleveland, Ohio
- Created artwork for fundraiser to give service animals to Autistic children in Cleveland
2020    Journey Center for Safety and Healing. Cleveland, Ohio
- Created artwork for Cleveland’s domestic abuse shelter to raise funding and awareness
2020    Virtual Artist talk. 7 Hills International School. Uganda
- Talked about influences, process, goal setting and marketing in the arts to middle school
2019   Studio to Street. Land Studio. Cleveland, Ohio
- Attended 2 day workshop to learn about public art and art proposals
2019    Portrait Society of America National Conference. Atlanta, Georgia
- Attended several workshops to learn about portraiture and to meet several renown figurative artists
2019    Understudied internationally acclaimed sculptor. Cleveland, Ohio
- learned techniques for classical figurative sculpture using oil based clay for bronze casts
2019    Murray Hill Life Drawing Group. Cleveland, Ohio
2018    InterUrban: Public Art and Culture Connector. RTA’s Red Line. Cleveland, Ohio
- One of 25 local, national, & international artists selected to illustrate the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award Winning Literature for the windows of the Regional Transit Authority train cars. My subject: Deafness
2018-2021    Cleveland Institute of Art. Alumni Council Member. Cleveland, Ohio
- Subcommittee member as well, for CIA’s alumni social media and class reunions
2018-2021    Cleveland Museum of Art. Column and Stripe, Co-Chair Programming. Cleveland, Ohio
2011-13    University Hospitals. Freelance Illustrator. Cleveland, Ohio
- Digitally illustrated anatomical images for the hospital’s gastroenterology department
2010 Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Intern in the Medical Illustration Department.  Cleveland, Ohio
- Digitally illustrated anatomical images for surgical books & updated physician presentations
2009    Novelmed Therapeutics. Cleveland, Ohio
- Digitally illustrated monoclonal antibody therapy and disease pathways for websites and brochures
2006-07    Common Grounds Mural Arts Project. Oberlin, Ohio
- Artist and supervisor on murals with teens in the Boys and Girls Club and court appointed teens
2005    Understudied national portrait artist. Cleveland, Ohio
- Learned techniques for charcoal and pastel for realistic portrait drawings.


AWARDS & RECOGNITION:

2022    Paul and Norma Painting Prize. Ashtabula Art Center. Ashtabula, OH
2022    Solo Exhibition Award at CAN Triennial. The Mansfield Art Center Museum. Mansfield, OH
2022    Art Thug. One of Sixty Six artists given hoodies as cultural creators & activists across the US. Los Angeles, CA
2021    American Illustration 40. One of 426 artists selected from 7000 entries from the US. AI - PI. Manhattan, NY
2021    All About Women. National Juried Show. Honorable Mention. Marin Society of Artists. San Raphael, CA
2021    Mozaik Philanthropy National 2nd Annual Future Art Awards. Virtual Show of Honorariums
2021    Cleveland Print Room’s International Peer Show. Honorable Mention. Columbus, Ohio
2021    Ohio Art League Spring Juried Show. Honorable Mention. Columbus, Ohio
2020    Spaces Juried Member Show. People’s Choice. Spaces. Cleveland, Ohio
2020    Spaces Emergency Relief Grant. Spaces. Cleveland, Ohio
2020    Boynes International Emerging Artist Award. Melbourne, Australia
2013    Association of Medical Illustrators. Award of Merit for contributions to the Surgical Atlas of Intestinal Stomas. 
2007    Columbus College of Art & Design. President’s List. Columbus, Ohio
2006    Columbus College of Art & Design. Trustees Scholarship and Top Scholar Student. Columbus, Ohio
2006     Nat’l Congressional District Art Show. Best of Show & First in Drawing. U.S. Capitol Building. D.C.
2006     National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. American Vision Gold Award. Alliance Gallery. Manhattan, NY
2006     National VFW Women’s Auxiliary Patriotic Art Competition. Best in State & 2nd in U.S. Reno, Nevada
2005     Nat’l Congressional District Art Show. First in Painting & 2nd Overall. Washington D.C.
2005    National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. American Vision Gold Award. Diane Von Furstenberg Studio. Manhatten, NY
2005    National VFW Women’s Auxiliary Patriotic Art Competition. Best in State. Cincinnati, Ohio

GALLERIES & COLLECTIONS

2021    Art Unified. Venice, California
2021     D. Colabella Fine Art Gallery. Ridgefield, Connecticut
2020    District Gallery. Cleveland, Ohio
2020    Keith Grossman Collection
2020    Guy Stanley Philoche Collection