Leeza Meksin Awarded Emerging Artist Grant from Rema Hort Mann Foundation

November 24, 2015

Faculty member Leeza Meksin has received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. The unrestricted grant provides Meksin with $10,000 to use as she sees fit for the development of her work.

In her artist’s statement, Meksin explains that her interdisciplinary work explores “the uncomfortable in-between states of painting and sculpture, male and female, queer and straight, dressed and naked, traditional and unfixed.”

Meksin is one of eight recipients of the grant, and was selected among 197 artists who were invited to apply through a closed-call nomination process. The winners were selected by a jury consisting of Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, curator at El Museo del Barrio;
Matthew Higgs, director and chief curator of White Columns; Rujeko Hockley, assistant curator of contemporary art at the Brooklyn Museum; Susan Hort, co-founder of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation; and artist David Humphrey.

Past recipients of the grant have included have included Visual Arts Program alumni Korakrit Arunanondchai’12 and Dana Schutz ’02 and professor Sarah Sze.

Meksin, who was born and raised in Moscow, received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005 and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2007. In 2013, she co-founded Ortega y Gasset Projects, a gallery and artist collective in Brooklyn, where she now  lives. You can view more of her work here.