Leslie Iwai

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Omaha, NE
United States
Dates of Residence: 
Sep 22, 2008 to Nov 7, 2008

Iwai holds a minor in chemistry from Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. and her Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Upon returning to the Midwest, Iwai worked as an architect intern before concentrating solely on artistic pursuits. Along with a current commitment to the Heartland House of Prayer in Council Bluffs, Ia.-she served the Hope Center for Kids as art director for five years, taught for three summers at the Joslyn Art Museum, functioned as an adjunct and sabbatical relief instructor in sculpture and design for the University of Nebraska at both Lincoln and Omaha, and spent time in Sierra Leona, Africa helping civil war victims with the Word Made Flesh ministry. Iwai earned a competitive commission for her work Sounding Stones from the Omaha Public Art Commission in 2004; she was the first recipient of the Community Arts Fellowship from the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in 2005; and she won an Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Nebraska Arts Council in 2007. She recently completed a solo show at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum!, as part of the Nebraska Now Series and is looking forward to her upcoming residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City.

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