Leslie Pontz creates unique sculpture by crocheting wire forms and combining them with iron and fiber elements. The result is non-traditional fiber sculpture that challenges the senses and the mind. Leslie holds a masters degree in printmaking from Syracuse University and was the recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts as an Artist-in-Residence. She is the former owner/designer of Leslie Pontz Design, an international manufacturing company that produced artist designed and hand printed line of table linens and related tabletop products.

Leslie has shown internationally in invitational and juried exhibits in Paris, Brazil and Venezuela as well as throughout the U.S. She is the recipient of several awards for her work. Leslie is a co-founder of ArtQuilts at the Sedgwick, a nationally acclaimed east coast venue for the exhibition of art quilts. At present, she is represented by the Snyderman Works Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Boston Art Inc in Boston, Massachusetts, and Wendy Haas of the Cervinni Haas Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Her work is featured in many private and public collections including but not limited to the Best Western, Kamm, and Philadlephia Museum of Art collections.

exhibitions


2014                 

Fiber Next, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington DE
Dublin Biennial, by invitation, June 12- 22, 2014 Dublin Ireland
Leslie Pontz: Shaping Space: Leslie Pontz, Textile Center of Minnesota, March, 2014, Minneapolis, MN

2013

Fiber Optics, 1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Restructure: Contrast and Balance, Waterwoks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury, NC
Kentucky National 2013, Clara M. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray Kentucky
Window installation Gravers Lane Gallery, April, 2013, Philadelphia, PA

2012

American Craft Today, at The Bascom, Highland, NC2011

Raw Beauty: A Sculpture Exhibit, Paul Robeson Gallery, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ

2010

7th Annual International Fiber Biennial, Snyderman Works Galleries, Philadelphia PA
Gearheads, Clifford Gallery, Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME

2009

Knitted, Knotted, Netted, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
The Museum Shop, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC
Connected: The Stitch, Cervinni Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AR
Flower Power, Center For Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
Leslie Pontz, Philadelphia International Airport, International Terminal, Philadelphia, PA

2008

Uncommom Threads: Fiber Arts, Artmobile, Bucks County, PA
Borgenicht and Pontz: Collaboration Linking Metal and Clay, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA
Sixth Fiber Art Biennial, Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Beyond Basketry 2008, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH
Sculpting America, Museum of Art, The University of Southern
Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
Jump: The Synergy of Connection, The Lynn Tendler Bignelll Gallery,
Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT

2007

On a Pedestal and Off the Wall, The Sculplture Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Silent Conversations, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
Toxic Color, exit (a gallery space), Cleveland, Ohio
All Things Condsidered, National Basketry Organization Exhibition, Arrowmont School of Art and Craft, Gatlinburg, TN
Craven Arts Council Gallery's 2007 Annual Juried Sculpture Show, Craven Art's Council & Gallery, New Bern, NC

2006

Basket Invitational, Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2006 International Fiber Biennial, Snyderman Works Gallery,
Philadelphia, PA
Leslie Pontz:Contrasts, Crocheted Metal Sculpture, Crafts For Living Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Dear Fleisher, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

2005

Tribute To Fiber, Apex Gallery, Washington,DC
The Juried National Bead And Fiber Exhibit, The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, MD

2004

Square, Carre, Cuardo, Sponsored by:Women in Textile Art Organization; Quinta Isabela Museum
Valencia, Venezuela
Basket Invitational, Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
A Tribute to Fiber Art, Apex Gallery, Washinton, DC
Fiber Biennial 2004, Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Window Installation of Flower Series, Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2003

SoHo International Art Competition, Agora Gallery, NY, NY
14th National Juried Exhibition, Viridian Gallery, NY, NY

2002

Fiber Focus, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY
The Cutting Edge, Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Survey Fiber 2002, Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2001-2002
SOFA Chicago, Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1999-2004
ArtQuilts at the Sedgwick, Sedgwick Cultural Center, Philadelphia, PA

1991
Festival Du Lin, Paris, France

1985
Cabo Frio International Print Biennial, Embragel, Brazil

1978
Leslie Pontz, Gallery 500, Lafayette Hill, PA

bibliography

World Of Threads Festival, Weekly Fibre Artist Interviews - Leslie Pontz: Philadelphia PA Interview 107
Kinsler, Gwen Blakley: The Fine Art of Crochet, (book) published by Author House 2013
Russell, Carol K. Fiber Art Today published by Schiffer Publishing LTD, page 16, 19 and back cover
Leslie Pontz: National Basketry.org feature Summer 2012
Ruyak, Jacqueline, In Review: Knitted, Knotted, Netted, Surface Design Journal, Fall 2010
Genocchio, Benjamin,
Where Fiber Art Meets Hot Fudge Sundae, The New York Times, January 8, 2010
Newhall, Edith, Galleries: Philadelphia's Airport is a Gallery With Wings, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 21, 2009
Douglas, Leah: Philadelphia International Airport - Art & Exhibitions, online, May – October 2009
Zarro, Jennifer: Collaboration, Art Matters, April, 2008
Sharpe, Shannon: Zoom, Hot Spots, American Craft, April/May, 2008
Exhibition Catalog, Beyond Basketry, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio 2008
Exhibition Catalog, Second Annual Juried Sculpture Show, The Craven Arts Council & Gallery,
New Bern, NC 2007
Exhibition Catalog, All Things Considered IV, National Basketry Organization, Inc 2007
Patterson, Sunita: Leslie Pontz’s Visual Vocabulary; FiberArts Magazine, September/October, 2006
Patterson, Sunita: Creative Process: Fiber Fun in Philadelphia, News and Notes; FiberArts Magazine,
Summer, 2006
Exhibition DVD, Fiber Biennial 2006, Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Exhibition Catalog, Women In Textile Art 2004, Museo De La Ciudad, Valencia, Venezuela
Exhibition Catalog, Survey Fiber 2002, Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Sozanski, Edward: Quilts are Striking; Philadelphia Inquirer, April, 2002
Veshlage, Carolyn: The Fabric of Community; Expository Magazine, summer, 2002
CD ROM Exhibition Catalog, ArtQuilts At The Sedgwick 2003, Sedgwick Cultural Center, Philadelphia, PA
CD ROM Exhibition Catalog, ArtQuilts At The Sedgwick 2002, Sedgwick Cultural Center, Philadelphia, PA
CD ROM Exhibition Catalog, ArtQuilts At The Sedgwick 2001, Sedgwick Cultural Center, Philadelphia, PA
Rice, Robin: A View to a Quilt; Philadelphia City Paper, July, 2002
Dormant, Linda: Fiber Art Biennial; Art Matters, April, 2002,
Veshlage, Carolyn: Creating a Nationally Respected Exhibition; SAQA Newsletter, Vol.12 #1
Veshlage, Carolyn: Growing an Art Quilt Exhibition; The Professional Quilter, Issue 77
Veshlage, Carolyn: Cactus Imagery: Leslie Pontz; The Quilting Community, March, 2003

presentations

Hunterdon Museum, January 2010
Heart Strings Guild,
January 2009
University of Southern Mississippi, January 2008
Crane Arts Building, Borgenicht and Pontz: Collaboration Linking Metal and Clay; Philadelphia, PA March, 2007
SOFA Chicago, November 2006
Crafts for Living Gallery, Leslie Pontz: Contrast, Philadelphia, PA, May 2006
DaVinci Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, April 2004

professional and gallery affiliations

Represented by Gravers Lane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Represented by the Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 1999-2013
Represented by Boston Art Inc., Boston, MA
Friends of Fiber International
American Craft Council
Philadelphia Museum of Art
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC: Archives of Women Artists-Library and Research Center
Saatchi Online
Sculptsite

professional experience

2006-2008 Taught crocheted metal sculpture, Water Fall Arts, Montville, ME, summer
1996-present Self-employed artist working in fiber and sculpture media
1984-1996 Owner/designer of Leslie Pontz, a company that manufactured artist designed and hand-printed table linens and related tabletop products sold internationally in upper end boutiques and department store i.e., ABC Carpet and Home, Bendels, Barneys, and Bergdorf Goodman
1979 Taught life drawing, Allens Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
1977-1984 Self-employed artist working in the printmaking and painting media
1975-1977 Awarded National Endowment of the Arts grant by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; Artist-in-Residence, Neshaminy, PA and Philadelphia, PA School Districts
1973 Instructor, Printmaking, Prints in Progress, Philadelphia, PA
1970-1972 Special Assistant to the Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University

awards and collections

Purchase: 2008, Full Purse, a collaborative piece with Ruth Borgenicht, Philadelphia Museum of Art,
Philadelphia, PA
Best in Show: 2008, Desert Contrast, Led By Thread, Torpedo Factory, Target Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia
Purchase: 2007, Teapot, The Kamm Collection
Third Place Award: 2007 New Bern Juried Sculpture Show, Craven Arts Council and Gallery, New Bern, NC
Second Place Award: Third International Biennial: Women in Textile Art 2004
Festival Du Lin: Invited to represent the United States in the category “manufacturers of linen products”
National Endowment of the Arts Artist-in-Residence Grant awarded by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 1975 and 1976

educational experience

1972 Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Master of Fine Arts (Printmaking)
1970 Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Printmaking and Painting)
1969 Syracuse University Semester Abroad, Florence, Italy

     
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