Faculty and Staff
Leslie Bellavance
Alfred University Contact Info
Office Location: Binns-Merrill 157
Department: School of Art and Design  
Phone: 607.871.2412  
Leslie Bellavance
Master of Fine Arts
University of Chicago

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Tyler School of Art at Temple University

Leslie Bellavance joined Alfred University and the College of Ceramics as the Dean of the School of Art and Design in August 2010. Ms. Bellavance is an artist whose work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe. Her work has been recognized by numerous grants and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship. She was awarded a residency for her book, analemmic, which was published by Nexus Press in Atlanta, Georgia. She 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. Ms. Bellavance received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree summa cum laude from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Chicago. From 1981 until 2005 she served on the faculty of the Department of Visual Art in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also served as head of the Photography Program, director of Graduate Studies in Art, and interim associate dean. While a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee she initiated new curriculum in digital photography and imaging. From 2005 until 2010 she served as a professor of art and the director of the School of Art and Art History at James Madison University in Virginia. Ms. Bellavance currently serves on the Board of Directors for the College Art Association and the Executive Board of the National Council of Arts Administrators.