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Sandra Meryl Ledingham

Sandra Ledingham is well known locally, nationally, and internationally for her award-winning works in clay, porcelain, and other diverse materials. She frequently returns to the motif of the wall, one of the most ancient and elementary components of our built environment. Her table-top walls reference architecture, while also posing questions about form, function, and aesthetics. Her approach is informed by her love and fascination with ancient and modern clay dwellings, which includes everything from ancient structures in the Middle East and Africa, to prairie soddies and modern day Earthships. Unlike many ceramicists who produce functional pottery, Ledingham's walls reject function entirely. They are not bowls or plates to be used--they are works of art to be appreciated on aesthetic and conceptual grounds. In dialogue with gravity and balance, her curved slab forms enclose space like a physical embrace, creating intimate, sheltered interiors. The transition between interior and exterior is uninterrupted, tracing the unbroken contours of her forms. Openings or windows in the surface function as viewing ports that allow a visual passage from one side to the next, interior to exterior, or vice versa. Surface markings add further aesthetic dimension, as well as a richer historical narrative. Characters and marks from a variety of modern and ancient alphabets--brail, cuneiform, Morse code, binary--punctuate Ledingham’s smooth, pristinely finished vertical surfaces. Calling to mind everything from ancient hieroglyphics to modern-day graffiti, they speak to a long tradition of walls functioning as mediums for communication.

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

1972-present - Professional Development Travel: Canada, UK, Japan, France, New Zealand, S.Pacific, Mexico, USA, Bahamas, Cuba, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Spain
1985/1996 - Banff School of Fine Arts - Residencies, Banff, Alberta Canada
1972/1973 - University of Regina Extension Dept. Ceramic Studies (Marilyn Levine)
1972 - 1970 - Art History: Sorbonne. Painting: ‘Centre American’ Paris, France
1970 - Bachelor of Arts, Sociology with a Fine Arts Minor. University of Regina, Regina, SK, Canada.

PROFESSIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2009 - 2011 - SIAST Media Arts - On Line teaching, Design 101
2008 - 2010 - Art Gallery of Prince Albert, Gallery Educator, Prince Albert, SK.
2006 - 2008 - Concordia University, Portland Oregon, Adjunct Professor of Ceramics
2004 - 2008 - Establish studio in Hubbard Oregon, USA.
1986 - 2202 - SIAST Woodland Campus, Prince Albert, SK, Applied Arts Department Head, Instructor: Ceramics, 2D/3D Design, Drawing.
1993 - 1996 - University of Saskatchewan Sessional Lecturer, Ceramics, Prince Albert, SK.
1984 - 1986 - University of Saskatchewan Sessional Lecturer, Art Education, Saskatoon, SK.
1984 - University of Saskatchewan, Prince Albert, SK, Lecturer, Art Education Dept.
1978 - 1983 - University of Saskatchewan Sessional Lecturer - Art 115/Art 215/Art 315 Ceramics, Saskatoon, SK.
1975 - 1980 - 5th Street Studio Saskatoon SK, Ceramic Instructor

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

2017 - Collaboration: Uyama Yucatan Mexico, ‘Staele Kulkulcan’.
2015 - ‘New Zealand Collaborations’ ( Invitational) Whangerei, New Zealand
2012 - Saskatchewan Legislature Building, Regina, SK, Saskatchewan Arts Board Commission
2012 - Saskatchewan Legislature Legacy Community Project, ‘Earth Dwellings Then & Now’ Lecture Tour.
2009 - Solo Juror, SaskTerra Touring Exhibition ‘A Pair'
2003 - Curriculum Development, SIAST Woodland Campus, Graphic Arts Program, Design 101
1991/1995/1997/2004 - Publication of Articles, ‘The Craft Factor'
1985/1988/1990 - Saskatchewan Craft Council Board
1986 - 2002 - Curriculum Development, SIAST, Design & Ceramic Arts
1988/1990/1991/1993/1996/2003 - Juror, Saskatchewan Art Board (Individual Assistance Grants)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017 - Burlington Art Gallery - 1st Canadian Biennale (Material Arts). Invitational. Canada.
2017 - ‘Shifting Glance’ (two-person exhibition: C. Forbes and S. Ledingham) The Gallery/Art Placement Inc., Saskatoon, SK
2017 - ‘In-Between Space' (solo), Handwave Gallery, Meachum, SK
2017 - ' Staele Kulkulcan', Collaboration Yucatan Mexico (2 Mayan artists/1 American/1 Canadian)
2017 - ‘Dimensions 2017' (group, touring) Saskatchewan Craft Council Open Biennale, Saskatoon, SK
2016 - 21st SAMFA Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas, USA
2016 - 2nd Annual Wearable Art Show, Merit Award (Headgear), ‘Red Square’, Saskatoon, SK
2016 - Group Shows (3), Mata Gallery, Regina, SK
2016 - ‘Art NOW' (invited), Saskatchewan Craft Council booth, Saskatoon, SK
2015 - 'Dimensions' (group, touring), Saskatchewan Craft Council Open Biennale, Saskatoon, SK (Innovation Award)
2015 - ‘Paradise Perspectives' (two-person), Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
2015 - ‘Tools', Medalta Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB
2015 - 'N.Z. Collaborations' (exhibition and auction), Whangerei, New Zealand
2012-2013 - 'Continuum' (group, invitational), Affinity Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, and HandWave Gallery, Meacham, SK
2012 - Saskatchewan Legislature - Legacy Art Commission (Permanent), Regina, SK
2012 - ‘LEGACY - 8 Artists' (group), Cumberland Gallery Exhibition, Saskatchewan Legislature, Regina, SK
2012 -'DECOY', Emma Collaborations International, Affinity Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2011 - Saskatchewan Foundations for the Arts (Invitational show/auction), Regina, SK
2009/2011 - ‘Dimensions', (group, juried, nationally touring) Saskatchewan Craft Council, Saskatoon, SK
2011 - 'Sextet + 1', Saskatoon Jazz Festival, Bessborough Hotel, Saskatoon, SK
2010 - 'Hagblom / Ledingham' (two-person), Saskatoon Jazz Festival, Bessborough Hotel, Saskatoon, SK
2009 - 'A Pair', (invitational group, touring), SaskTerra, Saskatoon, SK
2008 - 'BLUE W A L L', Sculpture Commission, Hanna Farms Orchid Nursery, West Lynn, Oregon
20008-2009 - 'Power of 10', Saskatchewan/Ontario
2006 - Ceramic Biennial (juried), San Angelo, Texas
2006 - 'Mad Hatters T-Party', NCECA, Portland, Oregon
2006 - 'OPA', NCECA, Portland, Oregon
2005 - 'Good Bird/Bad Bird', Contemporary Craft Museum, Portland, Oregon
2004 - ‘Expo 04 Invitational' Saskatoon,SK and Regina, SK
2003 - ‘Traces’, (two-person, Sandra Ledingham/Linda Chartier), Art Gallery of Prince Albert, Prince Albert, SK
2003 - ‘Alters and Shrines’ (Curated by Ulriche Veigh), Art Gallery of Prince Albert, Prince Albert, SK
2001-2002 - ‘Hips & Lips’ (group, touring: Canada and US), SaskTerra Touring Exhibition, Saskatoon, SK
1999-2000 - 'Put A Lid On It’ (group, touring), SaskTerra Exhibition, Saskatoon, SK
1999 - NCECA Exhibition, Denver, Colorado
1998-1999 - Contained Space’ (three-person ceramic exhibition, touring) Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba
1997 - 1000 Miles Apart, Faculty/Student Invitational Exhibition, Red Deer, Alberta
1997 - ‘Clay Uncovered', SaskTerra, Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1997 - ‘F3', SaskTerra Touring Exhibition, Saskatchewan, Alberta
1997 - ‘Collaborations’, Prince Albert Gallery, Prince Albert, SK
1997 - ‘Fireworks’, Ontario Potters Association Juried Exhibition, Ontario/Quebec
1997 - ‘Just For Laughs’ (group, touring), Saskatchewan Craft Council, Saskatoon, SK
1997 - Winter Festival Juried Exhibition, Art Gallery of Prince Albert, Prince Albert, SK
1997 - ‘Shoestring 25th', AKA Artist-Run Centre, Saskatoon, SK & Rosemont Gallery, Regina, SK
1997 - Handwerks Gallery, Koblenz, Germany
1995 - University of Saskatchewan, Faculty Exhibition, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1995 - 'Still Life', Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON
1995 - 'Clay in Canada-North by Northwest', N.C.E.C.A., Wyman Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1995 - ‘Get A Handle On It', International Ceramic Symposium, Calgary, AB and Regina, SK
1994-1995 - 'Made For A Cause' (group, touring), Saskatchewan Craft Council, Saskatoon, SK
1994 - 'New Works' (solo), Corridor Gallery, SIAST Woodland Campus, Prince Albert, SK
1992-1993 - 'Eccentric Vessels' (group, touring), Saskatchewan Craft Council, Saskatoon, SK
1993 - Extension Faculty Exhibition, University of Saskatchewan, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1993 - Winter Festival Juried Exhibition, Civic Gallery of Prince Albert, Prince Albert, SK
1993 - Faculty & Graduates Show, SIAST, Civic Gallery of Prince Albert, Prince Albert, SK
1992 - '1000 Miles Apart', McKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
1992 - 'Vessels' (solo), Handwave Gallery, Meacham, SK
1992 - Winter Festival Juried Exhibition, Civic Gallery of Prince Albert, Prince Albert, SK
1992 - 'Dualities', Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, SK and Civic Gallery of Prince Albert, Prince Albert, SK
1990 - ’Something New On Broadway’, Saskatchewan Craft Council, Saskatoon, SK
1989 - 'MUG SHOW', Potters Guild of B.C., Vancouver, BC
1989 - 'WINTERFEST EXHIBITION', Prince Albert, SK
1988 - 'GOING FOR GOLD', Olympic National Juried Exhibition, Calgary, AB
1988 - 'DIMENSIONS '88' (group, touring), Saskatchewan Craft Council, Saskatoon, SK
1988 - 'PAPER SHOW', Civic Gallery of  Prince Albert, Prince Albert, SK
1988 - 'PASSAGE OF TIME', Joe Moran Gallery, Regina, SK
1986 - 'SASKATCHEWAN OPEN', Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1986 - 'FACULTY EXHIBITION', Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
1986 - 'BLACK AND WHITE' (group, touring), Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1985-1986 - 'LE GRAND PRIX', National Mixed-Media Juried Exhibition, Montreal, QC
1985-1986 - Touring  Exhibition of selected works - New York, Boston, Canada.
1985 - 'CHINA/SASK. EXCHANGE', Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1985 - Shelly Tadman Gallery (two-person), Winnipeg, MB

REVIEWS

2012 - 100 Yr. Legacy Sask. Legislature. Regina SK (8 Artists) Catalogue
2008 - Clay In Western Canada (MFA Thesis) by Julia Kruger
1993 - Women Artists in Saskatchewan, (5th House Publishers) Saskatoon, SK
1991 - 'With These Hands', video series (Clay) 'Challenging Form’, Sandra Ledingham/Mel Bolen - Media House Production, Video Produced by Gordon McLennan, Produced for SCN Canada

AWARDS

2016 - Merit Award, ‘Wearable Art Show’, for 'RED Square' (Headgear) Saskatoon, SK
2015 - SCC Dimensions Innovation Award, Saskatchewan Arts Board
2002 - Purchase Award, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science & Technology, 'Winter Blues/Caribbean Greens’
2002 - Purchase Award, Saskatchewan Arts Board, 'Passing of The Trio', Raku Vessel
2002 - Purchase Award, Saskatchewan Arts Board, 'Cup N’ Saucer 4 Pomp N' Circumstance'
1985 - Purchase Award, China/Saskatchewan Government Exchange, 'Smoked Vessel'
1985 - Honourable Mention, 'Evolution' Canadian National Ceramic Biennial, Quebec
1985 - Purchase Award, Saskatchewan Craft Council, 'Smoked Vessel'
1985 - Purchase Award, Saskatchewan Arts Board, 'Aurora Borealis Smoked Vessel ’
1983 - Purchase Award, Saskatchewan Craft Council, 'Trepidation', Porcelain Wall Sculpture
1983 - Purchase Award, Battleford Allied Arts Council, 'Smoked Vessel'
1983 - Best In Clay Award, Merit Award, Saskatchewan Craft Council, 'Smoked Vessel'
1983 - Purchase Award, Saskatchewan Arts Board, ‘Series in X’, Smoked Vessel
1982 - Purchase Award, Status of Women (Sasha Hayman), 'Women Emerging' (Porcelain)
1981 - Purchase Award, Saskatchewan Arts Board
1980 - Purchase Award, Saskatchewan Arts Board
1977 - Purchase Award, Saskatchewan Arts Board
1977 - Merit Award, Saskatchewan Craft Council, ‘Platter'
1976 - Purchase Award, Saskatchewan Arts Board

 


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