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|Noted for sculpture, drawing and medallic art, Leonda Froelich lived in East Meadow, New York. She was instructor of sculpture and drawing at Nassau Community College in the 1970s, and was instructor of sculpture at Baldwin Adult School in 1967.|
Her art education included the Art Students League and Brooklyn Museum School with Arthur Lee for drawing and Chaim Gross, sculpture.
Among professional affiliations were the National Association of Women Artists, Audubon Artists, New York Society Women Artists, and Manhasset Art Association
Long Island & Brooklyn Artists Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, 1960
Norfolk Museum Drawing Biennial, 1965 & 1967
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Painting & Sculpture annual, 1966
Solo show, Nassau Community College, 1969
National Sculpture Society, Lever House, 1969-72
Harbor Gallery, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, 1970s
Malvina Hoffman Prize
National Association of Women Artists, 1967
Lindsay Morris Award for bas-relief, National Sculpture Society, 1970
Audubon Artists, medal for creative sculpture, 1972
Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art
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|Leonda Finke |
Leonda Finke’s sculpture has been primarily concerned with the human figure. Of this, she said: “There I find constantly changing forms [and] a wealth of formal vocabulary [that] is a vehicle for expressing the basic emotions that shape our lives.”
Winning her first national prize from the National Association of Women Artists in 1965, she has consistently been recognized for excellence in her work. In 1989 she was awarded the National Sculpture Society’s Gold Medal, in 1990 she received the Alex Ettl Cash Award from the National Academy of Design, and in 1991, 1992, and 1993 she again won prizes and awards from the National Sculpture Society. In 1994 she became an elected Academician of the National Academy of Design. Most recently, in 2006, she won the American Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medalic Sculpture from the American Numismatic Association.
She has had many solo and group exhibitions, including: Cast Iron Gallery, New York; Newark Museum, New Jersey; the National Academy of Design, New York; the American Numismatic Museum, New York; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; the Norfolk Museum, Virginia; and The Dallas Museum, Texas.
In 2006 Finke had an invitational solo exhibition and book signing at the Lachaise Gallery, Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. This show included all aspects of her work and was dedicated to the late Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney, recent president of the college. In that same year she had a solo retrospective of her medalic works, sculpture and drawings open at the Medialia Gallery in New York City.
Her 6 foot bronze works have been featured in the Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition at Chesterwood, the national historic museum and grounds of the American sculptor, Daniel Chester French; in Stockbridge, Massachusetts; and currently has a piece on temporary display (for one year) in the Sculpture Guild exhibition at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains New York.
Leonda Finke’s work in bronze medals has won recognition from the prestigious Federation Internationale de la Medaille. She was invited to show her work at their Medal Exhibition in Helsinki, Finland in 1990. In 1992, she was both an invited lecturer at the British Museum and had her medal, Virginia Woolf: A Room of One’s Own featured on the cover of the British Art Medal society’s British Museum Exhibition Catalogue. In 2006 she created the 2007 Annual Medal which commemorated Brookgreen Gardens 75th Anniversary as well. Two films featuring Leonda Finke have also been produced by Bernard Moreau. The first film focused on Finke’s casting process and is titled, Woman on a Stool.
Her bronze portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Her medals are in the collection of the British Museum, the National Museum of American History (Smithsonian), the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, and in many private collections throughout the United States and Europe. The first comprehensive book of her work was published in 2006, titled: Leonda Finke by David Finn, with over 200 photos and was published by Ruder Finn Press.
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