Print plays an integral role in my practice as a lens to view a project’s potential, as a process to execute an idea, as a major component of research - even if the end result isn’t necessarily a print.
Leah Mackin '07 is back making art in Philadelphia after living and working in Pittsburgh and Chicago. She's a professional studio artist and teacher, and has had several solo exhibitions, including "Encapsulate" at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York; "Portable Document" at The Print Center in Philadelphia; Untitled, at The Printer’s Ball, Chicago (which combined performance and installation), and "Frequency Illusions" at Western Exhibitions in Chicago.
In 2018, Leah will join the faculty at Tyler School of Art at Temple University, teaching two courses in book art and publishing; and at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program in Williamsburg, Mass., where she helped set up a non-toxic printmaking studio course and is a printmaking instructor. From 2015-17 she was an Adjunct Assistant Professor, teaching Advanced Print Media / 2D Media Studio and Print Media at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. In 2014 she was an Instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, teaching Introduction to Printmaking.
Leah has received several awards, including the OxBow Fall Artist Residency, OxBow School of Art, Saugatuck, Michigan, and The Artist Opportunity Grant from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. She was a Finalist in the 90th Annual International Competition at The Print Center in Philadelphia, and was awarded the Artist’s Book Residency Grant by Women’s Studio Workshop.