Leslie Fedorchuk

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Artist and Educator.

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An artist and educator who has been working in the genre of alternative processes and artists' books for the past twenty-five years. I earned a BFA from University of Michigan and an MFA at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. In addition, I completed further graduate study in theology at St. Francis Seminary. My written and visual work deals with issues of autobiography, memory, and domestic narratives. I've exhibited both nationally and internationally and have work in many private and public collections including the Milwaukee Public Library, The Tweed Museum of Art, Special Collections – UW Milwaukee, and the Museum of Modern Art.

A Professor in the Liberal Studies Division at MIAD, where I have developed and taught courses in the humanities, art history, writing, letterpress and book-arts and virtual worlds. I've been a part of the MIAD community since the early nineties – serving both on the faculty and as an academic dean.

In 2007, I curated a large exhibit at MIAD, Sacred Texts / Contemporary Forms: Spiritual Traditions in the Digital Age. This international exhibit was the culmination of a year's sabbatical work. It included three panels with visiting scholars and artists in the field of both book-arts and sacred texts.

Currently serving as the Director of Academic Service Learning for the college, I had a decade of experience in human services before coming to academia. I believe in the importance of creative people in every aspect of community life – and encourage students to see themselves as change-makers both in and out of the studio.

These days, I am happiest in the classroom when I'm teaching courses that are structured to help students examine and understand the importance of both research and practice – scholarship and studio work. In addition, I want the community of the classroom to be looking closely at how we can best incorporate social networking and technology into the way we work.

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