Log In

Dennis Leon Edit Profile

sculptor

Dennis Leon, British, American Sculptor. Recipient National Institute Arts and Letters award, 1967; fellow Guggenheim Foundation, 1967, Macdowell Foundation, 1981, Djerassi Foundation, 1983-1984; grantee San Francisco Museum Modern Art, 1978, National Endowment for Arts, 1979. Cons. Louisiana State Board Regents, 1980. Served with United States Army, 1957-1959.

Background

Leon, Dennis was born on July 27, 1933 in London. Came to the United States, 1951, naturalized, 1956. Son of Ralph and Rebecca (Stone) Leon.

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Temple University, 1956;Bachelor of Science in Education, Temple University, 1956;Master of Fine Arts, Temple University, 1957;Doctor (honorary), California College Arts and Crafts, 1993.

Career

Head department fine arts, Philadelphia College Art, 1965-1967;department chairman sculpture, Philadelphia College Art, 1967-1970;professor sculpture, California College Arts and Crafts, Oakland, 1972-1993;professor emeritus, California College Arts and Crafts, Oakland, since 1993.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Exhibited in numerous one-man shows including Kraushaar Gallery, New York City, 1966, 68, 70, Hansen Fuller Goldeen Gallery, 1985, San Francisco, 1977, 79, 81-82, 84-85, Galleria Dell'Arte del Cavallino, Venice, Italy, 1978, San Jose Museum Art, 1981, Jewish Museum San Francisco, 1986, Goldeen Gallery, Los Angeles, 1988, 89, 90, 92, California State University, Fresno, 1990, Chemeketa College, Salem, Oregon, 1991, Anne Reid Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho, 1991, Cheryl Haines Gallery, San Francisco, 1991, 93, Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 1991, Dorthy Goldeen Gallery, Santa Monica, California, 1991, Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho, 1991, Chemeketa College Sale, 1991. Exhibited in group shows including University California at Davis, 1974, Philadelphia Museum Art, 1976, San Francisco Museum Art, 1977, Newport Harbor Museum, 1981, Oakland (California) Museum, 1989, Hudson River Museum New York, 1990. Represented in permanent collections Philadelphia Museum Art, Oakland Museum Art, San Francisco Museum Modern Art, Storm King Art Center, New York, Bank of Americas, Phillip Morris Collection, Corcoran Museum Art, Rutgers Archive.

      Work commissioned by Chevron Oil Corporation, 1986.

Membership

Consultant Louisiana State Board Regents, 1980. Served with United States Army, 1957-1959.

Connections

Married Joan Schaefer, March 20, 1964 (divorced). Children: Ann, Susan. Married Christin Ann Nelson, 1985.

father:
Ralph Leon

mother:
Rebecca (Stone) Leon

spouses:
Joan Schaefer

Christin Ann Nelson

children:
Ann Leon

Susan Leon