Curriculum Vitae

Education

2016    MFA, Louisiana State University. Studio Arts. Specializing in sculpture and paper making. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

2012    BFA, University of Alabama at Birmingham, emphasis on ceramics and sculpture with a minor in art history. Birmingham, Alabama.


Professional Experience

Director of Arts Markets for Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2018-Current

Visiting Lecturer for the Department of Visual Art. Southeastern Louisiana University. Hammond, Louisiana, 2018-Current.

Adjunct Instructor of Arts Foundations. University of Louisiana Lafayette. Lafayette, Louisiana, 2017-Current.

Ceramics Handbuilding and Wheel Throwing Instructor. LSU Leisure Center. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 2017-2018

Art Education and Grants Coordinator, Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts. 2016-2018.

Project Manager and collaborating artist Neighborhood Anthology Project. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 2017

Artist in Residence. Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, Texas.

    Visiting artist for papermaking area 2017.   

Teacher of Record for Beginning Sculpture (ART 1762) at LSU. Spring 2016.

LSU Campus Exhibition Coordinator for the School of Art at LSU. 2015-2016.

Curator of The Landscape Architecture of Dan Kiley exhibit it the Union Gallery at LSU for the Department of Landscape Architecture. Lake Douglas. Fall 2015.   

Teacher of Record 3-Dimensional Design (ART 1012) at LSU. Spring 2015.

Teacher of Record 3-Dimensional Design (ART 1012). LSU. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Fall 2014.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Beginning Sculpture (ART 1762) under Malcolm McClay at LSU. Spring 2014.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Intermediate Sculpture- Welding (ART 2761) under Malcolm McClay at LSU. Fall 2013.

Graduate Teaching Assistant 3-Dimensional Design (ART 1012) under Chris Hentz at LSU. Fall 2013.

Gallery Assistant at UAB Visual Arts Gallery. University of Alabama at Birmingham. Birmingham, Alabama. January 2011-March 2013.

Professional Photographer’s Assistant to Allison Wheeler. Birmingham, Alabama. 2012.

Ceramics and sculpture Instructor. Space One Eleven. Birmingham, Alabama. 2012.

 Studio Assistant to Richard Russell (painter), Birmingham, Alabama. 2009-2010

Service and Leadership

Building Safety Committee Member for Studio Arts Building at Louisiana State University. 2014-2016.

Secretary for Ceramic Arts Student Association at Louisiana State University. 2015-2016.

Member of Ceramic Arts Student Association at Louisiana State University. 2013-2016.

Publicity and Events Chair of Sculpture Society at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Birmingham, Alabama. 2010-2012.

Student Intern to Scott Bennett and Janice Kluge for the Alabama Clay Conference. Birmingham, Alabama. 2011-2012.


Exhibitions

*denotes Solo shows

2019

Southeastern University Faculty Exhibition, Southeastern University Contemporary Art Gallery. Hammond, Louisiana.

2018   

Pushing Paper, National Juried Exhibition. Juried by Paul Wong, Master Papermaker, Dieu Donné (”Papermill”, Brooklyn Navy Yard), Barrett Art Center. Poughkeepsie, New York.

Summer of Love: Summer Invitational. Glassell Gallery, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Impermanent Lands / Eco-Art. The Art Center Highland Park. Chicago, Illinois.

Artists in the Classroom: A Celebration of Arts in Education. Firehouse Gallery. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

2017   

Ephemera Obscura. Contemporary Art Center. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Off To See The Wizard: Summer Invitational. Glassell Gallery. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

2016   

Art Melt 2016. Capitol Park Museum, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Contemporary Constructs. Kelwood Contemporary Gallery. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Subliminal: Hidden Messages National Juried Exhibition. Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.   

National Juried Handmade Paper Art Triennial. Corcoran Gallery at George Washington University, Washington D.C. and Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland Ohio.

*Momentary Eddies: MFA Thesis Works by Leah Hamel. Foster Gallery at LSU. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Mind’s Eye. Firehouse Gallery, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

2015   

Resilience, LSU Graduate Student Exchange Show. University of New Orleans Art Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana.

La Vie en Rouge. Foster Gallery at LSU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

2014       

Breakhorn Exchange. New Orleans, Louisiana.

*Leah Hamel, Selected Works. Solo exhibition. Hannah Steel Gallery. Birmingham, Alabama

Prospect 3, Baton Rouge- Resilience: The Healing power of Art.  Louisiana State University Foster Gallery and The Healthcare Gallery, Baton Rouge Louisiana

2013    

Art Unbound III: Malleable Language. Louisiana State University Foster Gallery. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Mind’s Eye. Firehouse Gallery. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

2012   

Cups of Fire: National Juried Competition. Clay Gallery. Ann Arbor, Michigan.

(Welcome to) Six Flags – Trouble in Paradise. Beta Pictoris Gallery. Birmingham, Alabama.

Alabama Phoenix Festival. Cahaba Grand Conference Center.  Birmingham, Alabama.

Emerging Artists Showcase. Matthew’s Gallery. Birmingham, Alabama.

Emerging Artists Exhibition: Annual Artist/ Teacher Exhibition. Space One Eleven. Birmingham, Alabama.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Fall 2012. UAB Visual Arts Gallery. Birmingham, Alabama.

Artmageddon: The Art Club at UAB. The Gallery at David’s Arts and Frames. Birmingham, Alabama.

2011   

Sculpture Society Semi-Annual. The Gallery at David’s Arts and Frames. Birmingham, Alabama.

Alabama Artists’ Unveiling. Aloft Birmingham. Birmingham, Alabama.

Sculpture Society: Naughty and Nice. The Gallery at David’s Arts and Frames. Birmingham, Alabama.

2010   

Clay Creations. The Gallery at David’s Arts and Frames. Birmingham, Alabama.

Sculpture Society Semi-Annual. The Gallery at David’s Arts and Frames. Birmingham, Alabama.

Birmingham Art Association Juried Annual. Colonial Brookwood Village. Birmingham, Alabama.

Awards and Honors

Michael Crespo Prize for Excellence. Summer of Love Invitational Exhibition, Glassell Gallery. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 2018.

Dean’s Medal of Honor for outstanding academic achievement and leadership. Louisiana State University, 2016.

Graduate Teaching Assistantship for Louisiana State University 2013-2016.

Outstanding Sculpture Award and residency recipient for the 6th National Juried Handmade Paper Art Triennial in Washington D.C. and Cleveland, Ohio, 2016.

Michael Daughtery Memorial Fund Scholarship in recognition for academic achievement and leadership. Louisiana State University, 2014.

Emerging Designer Showcase. 2nd place in the area of three-dimensional fine art, 2012.

Editors Choice Award for Aura Magazine- centerfold position. Birmingham, Alabama, 2011.

Dean’s list. University of Alabama at Birmingham. Birmingham, Alabama, 2011.

Publications and Media

Artists explore boundaries of medium in 'Pushing Paper' opening at Barrett Art Center. August 8, 2018. https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/entertainment/2018/08/08/barrett-art-centers-national-juried-art-exhibition-opens-aug-11/925170002/?utm_campaign=speakable&utm_medium=amp&utm_source=google

The Advocate, Baton Rouge. LSU's Glassell Gallery celebrates the 'Summer of Love'. https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/entertainment_life/arts/article_270d8aec-8553-11e8-b6f9-fb2c8aeeebc1.html  July, 2018

PBS- Nature Cat and Eco-Art. May 26, 2018.

Pechakucha night Baton Rouge, Guest Speaker. March 2017.

Take Me to the River: Ebb & Flow reimagines the festival. Maggie Heyn Richardson. March 23, 2017. https://countryroadsmagazine.com/art-and-culture/people-places/ebb-and-flow-festival-baton-rouge/

Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge Radio Show, Guest Speaker. December 2016.

Momentary Eddies. Masters Thesis Research. https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/gradschool_theses/1464/

Sures, Lynn. Summer 2016 issue of Hand Papermaking: Twenty-First-Century Papermakers. Hand Papermaking, Inc., Beltsville, MD.

LSU College of Art and Design News. Leah Hamel and Veronica Hallock Win Top Awards in National Paper Art Triennial. Mar 22, 2016.  http://design.lsu.edu/top-awards-national-paper-art-triennial/

Weld for Birmingham Newspaper. March 29-April 5. Birmingham, Alabama. 2012.

Weldbham.com. “Waving Six Flags at Beta Pictoris Gallery”. March 22. Birmingham, Alabama. 2012.

Aura: Literary Arts Review. Volume 37, Issue 2 (Autumn/ Winter 2011). University of Alabama at Birmingham. Centerfold. 2011.

Aura: Literary Arts Review.Volume 37, Issue 1 (Spring/Summer 2011). University of Alabama at Birmingham. 2011.