Member, NASAD Board of Directors
Elected October 2017, term ends October 2020
Leslie Bellavance is President of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, a position that she has held since July 2015. From 2010-2015 she served as Dean of the School of Art and Design in the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Other positions held include Professor of Art and Director of the School of Art and Art History at James Madison University in Virginia, and member of the faculty of the Department of Visual Art in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe. She was awarded a residency for her book, analemmic, which was published by Nexus Press in Atlanta, Georgia. President Bellavance has also been active in program development and as a curator for alternative art centers such as West Hubbard Gallery in Chicago, Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee, and the Walker’s Point Art Center in Milwaukee. She has written and lectured extensively on contemporary art. Her articles, essays, and reviews have been published in such journals as Sculpture Magazine, Art Papers, and The New Art Examiner.
President Bellavance has served as an NASAD visiting evaluator since 2006, and as a member of the Committee on Nominations 2008-2010. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2014.
President Bellavance received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Updated November 2017