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on view in New York & Massachusetts

Courtney M. Leonard, The New Transcendence, Gif

Courtney Leonard, “BREACH: Logbook 24 | TRANSCENDENCE”, 2024, Installation at Friedman Benda, New York, NY, Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Courtney M. Leonard. Timothy Doyon Photography


Our first introduction to Courtney M. Leonard in 2020 was BREACH: Logbook 20|NEBULOUS, a large scale multimedia installation commissioned by the Hood Museum, Hanover, NH. In 2021 we invited her to participate in MELTING POINT, an exhibition of work in ceramics and glass co-curated by Ferrin Contemporary and Heller Gallery.

Leonard’s work in that exhibition and others, represented a metaphor of climate change. These works based in deep, scientific research, garnered public recognition, museum acquisitions and invitations to create new, site responsive works throughout the country. In 2023, a mid-career survey solo exhibition  Courtney M. Leonard: Logbook 2004–2023 at the Heckscher Museum was held in collaboration with a site specific outdoor sculpture, BREACH: Logbook 23 | ROOT, now on long term view at Planting Fields. These opportunities brought her from her studio in Minnesota back to Long Island, close to home and her community in Shinnecock, NY.

With each installation and exhibition, Leonard draws on knowledge, experience and her personal Indigenous perspective. These works are composed and presented in interdisciplinary media that use metaphor and abstraction to illustrate consequences of social policies from historic to present. Color, form and multiple object compositions allude to land, water and the cultural landscape in the regions where she engaged in collaborations.

In 2024, Leonard’s recent work is being featured in exhibitions opening at galleries and museums in New York and Massachusetts. In addition, works in numerous permanent public collections of American art are on view throughout the US. Read more in today’s newsletter to learn more and follow links to preview exhibitions, press and recorded videos.

Leslie Ferrin, director, Ferrin Contemporary

curated by Glenn Adamson

Group Exhibition
Exhibition including work by 6 designers: Ini Archibong, Andrea Branzi, Stephen Burks, Najla El Zein, Courtney M. Leonardand Samuel Ross. 

Friedman Benda
New York, NY
on view through February 24, 2024

Glenn Adamson and Friedman Benda examine spirituality in contemporary design, Wallpaper Mag, January 16, 2024

Curator Essay
Essay for The New Transcendence By Glenn Adamson

Courtney M. Leonard, “BREACH: Logbook 24 | TRANSCENDENCE, 2024, installation at Friedman Benda, New York, NY, Timothy Doyon Photography



Featured In
American artists from the 1820s to the present day explore and illuminate our profound, symbiotic relationship with significant waterways, such as the Hudson River, the Susquehanna, and the Missouri, as well as symbolic representations. Group exhibition also featuring works by Paul Scott Jason Walker.

Hudson River Museum
Yonkers, NY
on view February 2, 2024 – September 1, 2024

Courtney M. Leonard,  BREACH: Logbook 21 | CONVOKE | SUBSISTENCE Blue Dawn Study, detail


Solo Exhibition
University Museum of Contemporary Art
on view February 14 – December 9, 2024

Opening Reception
Wednesday, February 21, 5:00 -7:00pm

UMass Fine Arts Center
Amherst, MA


Group Exhibition
New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, MA
on view June 13 – November 3, 2024

Conversation with Artist Courtney M. Leonard
October 4, 5:00-7:00pm

Courtney M. Leonard, “BREACH: Logbook 23 | BREACH #2”, 2022


Group Exhibition
Drawing together works on paper, costume and textiles, painting, sculpture, photography, and decorative arts and design, the installation reflects the interconnectedness of the disciplines RISD teaches and the cross pollination among art forms and media that can influence how artists work.

RISD Museum
Providence, RI
on view through June 9, 2024

Installation view of Courtney M. Leonard, BREACH: Logbook 21 | NEBULOUS at RISD Museum


Group Exhibition
Addressing the violence of separation, the practice of keeping memories and the invasive effects of colonialism, Pritika ChowdhryChotsani Elaine Dean and Courtney M. Leonard contemplate the past, the present and possible futures in their large scale, ceramic-based installation works.

BREACH interview with Eileen Bass

Weisman Art Museum
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
on view through May 31, 2025

Courtney M. Leonard, Breach Logbook 22: Cull (detail), installation view, 2022, Weisman Art Museum commission.


Group Exhibition
Bringing two extraordinary collections of Native American and American art together for the first time in our institution’s history, this long-term installation celebrates artistic achievements across time, space, and worldviews.

Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, MA

Courtney Leonard, ABUNDANCE (Red Algae) and ABUNDANCE (Red Foam), 2016, in “On this Ground: Being and Belonging in America” on view at the Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM



The Heckscher Museum of Art and Planting Fields Foundation have jointly published the first book about nationally recognized artist Courtney M. Leonard (Shinnecock, b. 1980). It represents both the retrospective exhibition COURTNEY M. LEONARD: Logbook 2004-2023 on view at The Heckscher Museum, and her site-specific installation at Planting Fields, BREACH: Logbook 2023|Root. The pages are filled with insights into Leonard’s sources of inspiration, creative processes, and original interpretations.

$25 + shipping
45 pages, softcover


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Posted by Isabel Twanmo in Artist News
Courtney M. Leonard featured in THE NEW TRANSCENDENCE. at Friedman Benda, New York, NY

Courtney M. Leonard featured in THE NEW TRANSCENDENCE. at Friedman Benda, New York, NY

Courtney M. Leonard featured in THE NEW TRANSCENDENCE. at Friedman Benda

January 11 – February 24, 2024

Exhibition at Friedman Benda
515 West 26th ST |  New York, NY 10001

The New Transcendence, the last in a series of three pace-setting exhibitions curated by Glenn Adamson for Friedman Benda, will explore the place of the spiritual in contemporary design today. The works on view are infused with profound significance, whether as relics, ritual tools, or representations. The New Transcendence is not an exhibition about religion in the organized, traditional, or dogmatic sense. Rather, it aims to discover how design can serve as a vehicle for personal and societal transcendence.

The exhibition includes work by six designers: Ini Archibong, Andrea Branzi, Stephen Burks, Najla El Zein, Courtney M. Leonard, and Samuel Ross. Each of the participants has their own perspective, yet one thing unites them: the impetus to provide an objective, material anchor for the subjective and ultimately private nature of spiritual belief. The immaterial means something different, today, in our digital age – perhaps making physical artifacts more crucial as anchors for transcendent experience.

Read More & View the Exhibition Page HERE

Posted by Isabel Twanmo in Artist News, Events, Exhibition, On View
Courtney M. Leonard in BOUNDLESS at the Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA

Courtney M. Leonard in BOUNDLESS at the Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA

Courtney M. Leonard in “BOUNDLESS” at the Mead Art Museum

Courtney M. Leonard featured in

Boundless is a nearly museum-wide exhibition that features work by Native American writers and artists, grounded in but not contained to the Northeast. Boundless takes shape like water, moving across generations and geographies, and expanding conversations about kinship, presence, resistance, and history through its flow. The exhibition never chooses one path, but moves in multiple directions and broadens as it goes. A wide range of materials from Amherst College’s Collection of Native American Literature and the Mead form the core of the exhibition, and are joined by key works on loan from artists and other institutional and private collections.

The importance of place—including not only land, but water—is featured in Boundless. Water actively names the original peoples of what we now call southern New England. For example, Nipmuc means People of the Freshwater, while the Niantic are People of the Long-Necked Waters because their lands are near a bay; these names are at once a location and the name of its people. Each tribal name is filled with an image, a place, a relationship, and a story referenced in the works of Boundless.

Objects in the exhibition span from the present back to the eighteenth century, and range from paintings to sculpture, video, historical texts, basketry, cookbooks, and more. As well, some objects by non-Native artists provide contrast and context, and are themselves recontextualized.

The broader Boundless project will include an open-access publication through Amherst College Press in 2024, K-12 digital curricular resources and materials developed with Genevieve Simermeyer (Osage Nation of Oklahoma) that will be available this November, in addition to other museum programming throughout the year. Reading rooms within the exhibition offer guests a chance to explore Native American-authored and illustrated books and zines for all ages.

The exhibition is researched and organized by writer and guest curator Heid E. Erdrich (Ojibwe).

More on the Exhibition HERE

More on Courtney M. Leonard HERE


At the Mead Art Museum | Amherst, MA | August 29 – January 7, 2024

Courtney M. Leonard, “BREACH: Logbook 21 | Collider Study #1,” 2021, mixed media, clay, acrylic on canvas

Courtney M. Leonard, “BREACH #2, from BREACH: Logbook 21”, 2016-2021, ceramic on wood pallet


The Mead hosted an evening reception for Boundless and Seeping In: Elizabeth James Perry on Thursday,  September 14th, 2023, at 6-8pm. All were invited to a celebration of both exhibitions involving remarks, performances, and refreshments

Amherst College
220 South Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002

Posted by Isabel Twanmo in Artist News, Events, Exhibition

ARE WE THERE YET? Featured in the Berkshire Eagle


NORTH ADAMS — Sometimes, the only way to move forward is to look back.

Leslie Ferrin, director of Ferrin Contemporary, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is doing just that with “Are We There Yet?” It’s an exhibition that is one-part retrospective, one part celebration. It’s a show about evolution, of transition.

It’s an introspective show, for Ferrin, who after 40-plus years in the ceramics market is pondering the next phase of Ferrin Contemporary.

Posted by AxelJ in News, Press Coverage
Courtney M. Leonard featured on NewsdayTV

Courtney M. Leonard featured on NewsdayTV

“Courtney Leonard is the local artist behind two new exhibits on Long Island, at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington and Planting Fields in Oyster Bay. The Heckscher exhibit explores the different definitions of the word breach, focusing on the environment and Leonard’s heritage as a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation.” – NewsdayTV

    • Watch the Full Feature on NewdayTV HERE
    • More from Courtney M. Leonard HERE
    • View Courtney M. Leonard: Logbook 2004-2023 and BREACH: Logbook 23 | ROOT HERE

Courtney M. Leonard, Contact, 2,023…, 2023, detail. The Heckscher Museum of Art. Museum Purchase: Partial Funding from the Town of Huntington Art Acquisition Fund. Photo courtesy of The Heckscher Museum Art.

Posted by Becky Waterhouse in News, Press Coverage
Courtney M. Leonard featured in WSHU Public Radio

Courtney M. Leonard featured in WSHU Public Radio

“Leonard has opened her first retrospective art exhibition at The Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington. It showcases her work over the years, exploring ecological issues and Indigenous culture with the whale as a common thread.

Printed on a wall in the exhibit, Leonard poses the question “Can a culture sustain itself when it no longer has access to the environment that fashions that culture?”

In the face of land loss and climate change, she tries to answer that question through her art, speaking to her community’s resilience.

‘Ultimately, the thing that I’ve learned with the work of breaching this question is that we do our best to care for the place that we live on, because it is what we have, and what we love,’ she said.”

    • Read the Full Feature on WSHU HERE
    • More from Courtney M. Leonard HERE
    • View Courtney M. Leonard: Logbook 2004-2023 and BREACH: Logbook 23 | ROOT HERE

Courtney M. Leonard: Logbook 2004-2023, installation at The Heckscher Museum, 2023.

Posted by Becky Waterhouse in News, Press Coverage