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ALICE LEORA BRIGGS

  
  
  
  

ALICE LEORA BRIGGS

Disquiet has marked art since its beginnings: the success and failures of Paleolithic hunts, the tides of slaves who filled Egyptian tombs, the memento moris of Dutch still lifes, the spears of Shakespearean wit. Likewise, occupation with human frailty and worldly conceits is integral to Alice Leora Briggs’ work. When she was seven years old, her brother fell to his death at Grand Teton National Park. Perhaps as a result, Briggs probes with curiosity and intensity those facets of human life that we often seek to closet. The artist finds her subject in the narco-violence that plagues Ciudad Juárez and in an asylum built by a visionary on the outskirts of this Mexican border city. Briggs explores the daily adaptations made by the citizens of the narco-battered borderlands. She renders them in her native amalgam of classic and contemporary imagery and oblique narratives coaxed from European art history ...

UNM Art Museum Distinguished Art Lecture Series
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In her persistent way, all of Briggs’ work finds a way to link our contemporary anxieties, desires, and expectations with those of the art historical past. Her visual quotations from Albrecht Durer, Hans Holbein, Hendrik Goltzius, and others meld seemingly incongruent worlds into the singular time and place of her drawings.

Alice Leora Briggs was born — and continues to live and work — in Texas. She has taught painting, drawing, and other media at several universities and art schools throughout the country, including The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Iowa, and the University of Arizona. Her works are included in the permanent collections of more than 30 museums and institutions, and she is the recipient of more than 35 awards and honors listed below.


SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS

Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Tulsa, OK, 2016
Fulbright Scholar, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 2011
Artist in Residence, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO, 2010
Materials Grant, Larry E. Elsner Art Foundation, 2010
Visiting Artist, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, 2009
Visiting Artist, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, 2009
Artist-in-Residence, Border Arts Residency, La Union, NM, 2008 – 2009
Dozier Travel Award, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX (2 weeks in Poland), 2008
Best of Texas, Texas Oklahoma Prize, Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern University, Wichita Falls, TX, 2008
Drawing Center, New York, NY, Viewing Program, on-line portfolio in curated artist registry, 2007
Visiting Artist, Department of Art, Cochise College, Sierra Vista, AZ, 2007
Artist-in-Residence, Jentel Foundation, WY, 2007
Visiting Artist, Caine School of Fine Arts and Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT, 2006
Visiting Artist, School of Art, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 2005
Seventh Avenue Streetscape, Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, public art project, Phoenix, AZ, 2005                    
Visiting Artist, Department of Art, Cochise College, Sierra Vista, AZ, 2005
Visiting Artist, School of Art, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2005
Artists Project Grant, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix, AZ, 2004
Visiting Artist, Department of Art, Cochise College, Sierra Vista, AZ, 2004
Visiting Artist, School of Art, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2004
Arizona Artist Materials Fund Grant, Contemporary Forum and Cummings Endowment Fund, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, 2003
Juror, Student Art Exhibition, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ, 2003
Grant, International Exchange (for exhibition in Slovak Republic), Tucson/Pima Arts Council, Tucson AZ Ponies del Pueblo, public art project, Tucson, AZ, 2003
Grant, Larry E. Elsner Foundation, 2001
Visual Artist Fellowship, Tucson/Pima Arts Council, Tucson, AZ, 2001
Visiting Artist, Lecture and Panel Discussion, Contemporary Arts Society, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, 2001
George McCullough Cash Award, Arizona Biennial ‘99, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson , AZ, 1999
Individual Artist's Grant, Utah Arts Council, 1996
Visual Artist Fellowship, Utah Arts Council, Salt Lake City, UT, 1994
Juror and Guest Lecturer, Utah Intercollegiate Exhibition, Gittens Gallery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 1994
Visiting Artist, St. Xavier University, Department of Art, Chicago, IL, 1994
Visiting Artist, Idaho State University, Department of Art, Pocatello, ID, 1994
Visiting Artist, Casper College, Department of Art, Casper WY, 1994

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
Border Art Residency, El Paso, TX
Carlton College Gould Library Special Collections, Northfield, MN
Sherwin Beach Press Collection, Chicago, IL
Cornell University, Main Library Special Collections, Ithaca, NY
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
De Young Firestone Graham Foundation, Albuquerque, NM
Flatbed Press, Austin, TX
Fort Hays State University, Fort Hays, KS
Larry E. Elsner Art Foundation, Logan, UT
Library of Congress, Rare Books/Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick, Ireland
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
Međunarodna Galerija Portreta, Tuzla, Bosnia & Hercegovina
Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoeniz, AZ
Richard M. Ross Art Museum, Ohio Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Rochester Institute of Technology Libraries, Cary Collection Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, UALR Gallery, Little Rock, AR
University of Arizona, Special Collections, Art of the Book Collection, Tucson, AZ
University of Chicago Library Special Collections, Rare Books, Chicago, IL
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Blue Heron Press Collection, Artists’ Books, Lincoln, NE
University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM
University of Oxford, Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK
Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, TX

EDUCATION

University of Iowa:  MFA
University of Iowa:  MA
Utah State University:  BFA

Press
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Sgraffito


Alice Leora Briggs, The Rat
The Rat
sgraffito with acrylic ink on panel, 10 x 8 inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, Pollo Hornado
Pollo Hornado
sgraffito with acrylic ink on panel, 8 x 10 inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, Acribillado
Acribillado
sgraffito with acrylic ink on panel, 10 x 8 inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, Trephining
Trephining
sgraffito with acrylic ink on panel, 11 x 14 inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, Pi
Pi
sgraffito with acrylic ink on panel, 12 x 12 inquiry
Bienvenidos al taller Los Mecánicos
sgraffito with acrylic ink on panel, 11 x 14 inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, Camp
Camp
sgraffito with acrylic ink on panel, 12 x 29.5 inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, Clavo
Clavo
sgraffito with acrylic ink on panel, 14 x 11 inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, Birdsong
Birdsong
sgraffito with acrylic ink on panel, 11 x 14 inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, ¡Basta!
¡Basta!
sgraffito with acrylic ink on panel, 36 x 24 inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, Necessary Tools
Necessary Tools
sgraffito with acrylic ink on panel, 36 x 24 inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, Discount
Discount
sgraffito with acrylic ink on panel, 60 x 40 inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, Cinta Canella
Cinta Canella
sgraffito with acrylic ink on panel, 11 x 14 sold
Alice Leora Briggs, Xochiquetzal
Xochiquetzal
sgraffito with acrylic ink on panel, 10 x 8 sold
Alice Leora Briggs, Ejecutado
Ejecutado
sgraffito with acrylic ink on panel, 15 x 30 inquiry

Burn Drawings


Alice Leora Briggs, Flight, Trans bkg
Flight
burn drawing with ink on handmade paper, 5 x 22 inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, It is Always This Way, Trans bkg
It is Always This Way
burn drawing with ink on handmade paper, 5 x 22 inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, No One Will Explain the Details, Trans bkg
No One Will Explain the Details
burn drawing with ink on handmade paper, 5 x 22 inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, Blister
Blister
burn drawing with ink on handmade paper, 5 x 22 inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, The Adventures of Reason
The Adventures of Reason
burn drawing with ink on handmade paper, 5 x 22 inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, Ordinary
Ordinary
burn drawing with ink on handmade paper, 5 x 22 inquiry

Woodcuts and Linocuts


Alice Leora Briggs, La Ventana
La Ventana
woodcut on BFK with Kitakata chine-collé, 60 x 40
(edition of ten)
inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, FU2
FU2
seven linocuts on Stonehenge with Gampi chine-collé
41 x 62 (unique print)
inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, Sklep Fop
Sklep Fop
woodcut on BFK Rives with Kitakata chine-collé
17 x 20,(edition of ten)
inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, In Case You Forgot
In Case You Forgot
woodcut on mulberry
24 x 12, (edition of 12)
inquiry

THE ROOM, homage to Mark Strand


Alice Leora Briggs, It is an old story, the way it happens
It is an old story, the way it happens
woodcut with chine collé, 24 x 21inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, sometimes in winter, sometimes not
Sometimes in Winter, sometimes not
woodcut with chine collé, 21 x 24inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, The listener falls to sleep
The listener falls to sleep
woodcut with chine collé, 24 x 21inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, the doors to the closets of his unhappiness open
The doors to the closets of his unhappiness open
woodcut with chine collé, 21 x 24inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, And into his room the misfortunes come
And into his room the misfortunes come
woodcut with chine collé, 24 x 21inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, Death by daybreak, death by nightfall
Death by daybreak, death by nightfall
woodcut with chine collé, 21 x 24inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, their wooden wings bruising the air
Their wooden wings bruising the air
woodcut with chine collé, 24 x 21inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, Their shadows the spilled milk the world cries over
Their shadows the spilled milk the world cries over
woodcut with chine collé, 21 x 24inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, There is a need for surprise endings
There is a need for surprise endings
woodcut with chine collé, 24 x 21inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, The green field where cows burn like newsprint
The green field where cows burn like newsprint
woodcut with chine collé, 21 x 24inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, Where the farmer sits and stares
Where the farmer sits and stares
woodcut with chine collé, 24 x 21inquiry
Alice Leora Briggs, Where nothing, when it happens is never terrible enough
Where nothing, when it happens is never terrible enough
woodcut with chine collé, 21 x 24inquiry
View Installation
ASYLUM 2014