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artist , critic , educator , writer

Beverly Jean Leesman, American Artist, art critic, art educator. Recipient Cooperstown Veterinary Clinic prize, 1995, Dick Blick award Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, 1995. Member National League American Pen Women, New York City Art Guild, Inc. (founding president 1994-1995, 2d vice president 1995-1996), Nashua Art Association.


Leesman, Beverly Jean was born on April 22, 1953 in Lincoln, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Robert Eugene and Jean (Bruner) Leesman.


AS in Fine Art, Springfield College, 1973. Bachelor of Science in Art History, Graphics Design, Painting, Illinois State University, 1976. Postgraduate, University Grenoble, France, 1980.

Postgraduate, L'Ecole de Louvre, Paris, 1980. Postgraduate, University Illinois, 1986. Studied with Doris Steida.


Department manager, J.C. Penney, Springfield, Illinois, 1979;head assistant to curator Slide Library., Illinois State University, Normal, 1981-1982;teaching assistant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1983-1984;instructor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1984-1985;art instructor, North Syracuse Adult Education Program, 1992-1994. Guest lecturer University of Illinois, 1981-1985. Layout, past-up artist Dynamic Graphics, Inc., Peoria, Illinois, 1976-1978.

Technical illustrator I-270 Project, St. Louis, 1984-1985. Freelance artist, since 1986. Juried national and regionalart shows.


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  • Other Work

    • One-woman shows include Paine Branch Library., Syracuse, New York, 1993, Liverpool Public Library., 1994, Manlius (New York ) Library.

      , 1995, Roaster's Corner Cafe, Fayetteville, New York, 1995, Jewish Community Center Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2003. Group shows include State University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica, Rome, New York, 1990, 92-94, Skaneateles (New York ) Arts Exposition, 1990, 93, Everson Museum, Syracuse, 1994-1995, Canastota (New York ) Canal Town Museum, 1991-1995, Cooperstown (New York ) Art Association, 1992, 94-95, Rome Art & Community Center, 1994, Great New York State Fair, Syracuse, 1994-1995, Central New York Art Open, DeWitt, New York, 1995, North East Watercolor Society, Goshen, New York, 1994, 2003, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, 1995, 2002, 16th Annual International Exhibition Watercolor Art Society Houston, 2003, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 2003, 26th International Exhibition, New Mexico State Fair, Albuquerque, 2002, 2003, River Road Show, Baton Rouge, 2002-2003 (second place 2002), Hilton Head Art League's National Juried Art Exhibition, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 2003, 26th Annual Non-member Juried Exhibition, New York City, 2003, Barnsite Gallery, Kewaunee, Wisconsin, 2003, Masterworks, Albuquerque, 2003-2004, Salmugundi Club, New York City, New York, 2003, Barns & Farms, Kewaunee, Wisconsin, 2003, Wolfe Art Club, New York City, New York, 2003, New Mexico Watercolor Society, 2003, Spring & Fall Shows, 2003-2004, Red River Watercolor Society, Fargo, North Dakota, 2004, 8th Annual Heartland Exhibition, Merriam, Kansas, 2004, Missouri Watercolor National, Fulton, Missouri, 2004, Art For The Parks, Wyoming, 2004. Painter (dinosaur mural) Gold Cup Gymnastics, Albuquerque.

      New Mexico, 2002-2003. 4 watercolor book Best of World Wide Landscape.


Member National League American Pen Women, City New York Art Guild, Inc. (founding president 1994-1995, Second vice president 1995-1996), American Artists Professional League, National Association Women Artists, New Mexico Watercolor Society (Fall Exhibit Board Directors award 2002, 03, M. Graham and Company Merchandise award 2003).


Daughter of Robert Eugene and Jean (Bruner) L. (deceased December 25, 2009). Married Paul A. Martin, November 28, 1987. Children: Danielle, Stewart Martin.

Robert Eugene December

Jean (Bruner) L. (deceased December

Paul A. Martin

Danielle Leesman

Stewart Martin Leesman