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BIO:
Born in Qingdao, China, Leah received her BFA in oil painting from the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, China and earned her MFA in painting from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. As an undergraduate, she studied with internationally celebrated abstract artist Zao Wou-Ki. She taught at Shanghai Theater Academy in Shanghai before moving to the US in 1993. She currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio.

The Asian Art Archive in Hong Kong has documented Leah's involvement in China’s contemporary art movement. Her works are exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and museums including The Power Station of Art in Shanghai and MoCA Shanghai. Her paintings, paper cutouts and installations are found in many public and private collections.

Leah's current work has evolved from traditional Chinese paper-cutting. Across different media, Her work explores volume, void, and light and shadow in transformation. The open-ended lines and space create a dialogue between cultures and concepts.


CV:
Education:
• MFA, Painting, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
• Independent Graduate Studies in Painting, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
• BFA, Oil Painting, Zhejiang Fine Arts Academy (now China Academy of Arts), Hangzhou, China

Selected Exhibitions:
2016
ShanShui Within, Group Exhibition, MOCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Transitions, Group Exhibition, Fort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery, Columbus, OH
Vision & Perspective, Group Exhibition, Guizhou Hongli Cheng Art Museum, Guiyang, China
Present Participle III, Group Exhibition, M Art Center, Shanghai, China
Art Unbound II, Group Exhibition, Carnegie Gallery, Columbus Metropolitan Main Library, Columbus OH
Noves Històries, Ohio Art League 2016 Spring Juried Exhibition, Urban Arts Space, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Leah Wong, featured solo exhibition, Sherrie Gallerie + Hilton Hotel, Columbus, OH

2015
A Tradition Re-Interpreted: New Work by Contemporary Chinese Artists, Group Exhibition, Cleveland State University Art Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Calligraphic Time and Space: Abstract Art in China, Group Exhibition, Power Station of Art, national contemporary art museum, Shanghai, China

2014
360˚ Leah Wong, Solo Exhibition, Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, OH
Collision + Confluence, Group Exhibition, Asian Art Center, New York, NY
Juried Group Exhibition, Ohio State Fair Fine Art Exhibition, Columbus, OH
The Year of the Horse, invitational, Jinqiao International Business Square, Shanghai, China

2013
Cut and Torn: Paperscapes, Group Exhibition, Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, OH
East & West, Group Exhibition, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH
Diverse, Group Exhibition, Ross Art Museum, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH

2012
Seen and Unseen, Solo Exhibition, Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, OH
• Perspectives, Gallery Artist Exhibition, Elisabeth de Brabant Art Center, Shanghai, China

2010
In Between, Solo Exhibition, Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, OH
Seven Women, Group Exhibition, Strathmore Fine Arts Center, North Bethesda, MD
Shared Space, Group Exhibition, Columbus College of Art and Design Art Gallery, Columbus, OH

2008
Leah Wong, Featured Solo Exhibition, Upper Arlington Art Council, Upper Arlington, OH

2007
Two-and-a-Half Dimensions, Solo Exhibition, Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, OH

2006  
Leah Wong and Nancy Wride, Two-Person Exhibition, Gallery V, Columbus, OH

2004
Free-Play: Leah Wong and Christine Heindl, A. S. H. Image Gallery, Columbus, OH
Life in the Sky, M.F.A. Solo Exhibition, Ohio University Gallery; Ohio University, Athens, OH

Selected Bibliography:
Contemporary Asian Paper-cut artists, by Michele Chan, Art Radar, 5/22/15
Leah Wong Cuts Loose in "360˚", by Ann Starr, Starr Review, 9/11/14
Textured Edge, by Jesse Tigges, Columbus Alive, 10/2/14
Works Made of Paper Stand Apart from the Fold, by Elisabeth Trapp, The Columbus Dispatch, 12/8/13
Ohio Craft Museum Looks to the East: Asian Influences Distinguish Works by Ethnically Diverse Group of Talents, by Christopher A. Yates, The Columbus Dispatch, 11/15/13
Leah Wong Papercuts, Qingdaonese, online magazine, 3/28/13
The World of Paper, SpaCHINA magazine, Shanghai, China, March/April issue, 2013
7 Friends Linked by Calling to Inspire, by Christopher A. Yates, The Columbus Dispatch, 3/3/13
Ballet Film: A Muse For Colorful Paintings, by Melissa Starker, The Columbus Dispatch, 2/12/12
Leah Wong, Moving, by Ann Starr, Starr Review, 2/3/12
Work of Art, by Kristy Eckert, Capital Style magazine, March issue, 2011
Seven Comrades Reunite in New Locale, by Christopher A. Yates, The Columbus Dispatch, 8/1/10
Seven Women Create One Art Exhibit, by Peggy McEwan, Maryland Gazette, 8/14/10
Leah Wong: Meticulously Tumultuous, by Kate Liebers, 614 Magazine, January issue, 2010
Eye Candy That’s Both Tasty and Nutritious, by Ann Starr, The Other Paper, 1/27/10
Leah Wong: A Cut Above, by Tracy Zollinger Turner, Columbus Alive, 11/1/07
Close to Home, by Jacqueline Hall, The Columbus Dispatch, 3/5/06

Honors and Awards:
2017 Individule Excellence Award, Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, OH
2015 Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Award for Professional Artist, Columbus OH
2014 Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Award for Professional Artist, Ohio Art Council
2009 National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) Fellowship, Chinese Modern Art History Research
2006 Greater Columbus Arts Council Purchase Award, Columbus, OH