Lea Colie Wight
BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Lea received a 2011 Certificate of Excellence and 2010 and 2009 Honor Awards from the Portrait Society of America as well as several awards from the Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art 2009 Salon International. Her work also was accepted into the 2011 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. Lea was selected to teach at American Artist magazine’s “Weekend with the Masters Intensive: New York City” and she was on the faculty of the 2011 Portrait Society of America’s annual conference where she taught a drawing workshop and participated in the “face-off” painting event.
Her DVD, “Color Essentials: A Painter's Guide with Lea Colie Wight,” was produced by American Artist magazine. Her work was included in the exhibition “Inspiring Figures: American Women & Figurative Art at The Butler Institute of Contemporary Art” as well as The Fort Wayne Museum Contemporary Realism 2010 Biennial. Her work has appeared in many publications including an American Artist magazine cover story in 2009 and in The Artist’s magazine, March 2011. Her drawings are included in “Classical Life Drawing Studio: Lessons & Teachings in the Art of Figure Drawing” published by the Art Students League of New York. A Studio Incamminati instructor, she has participated in many group exhibitions.
Lea, who has been a teaching assistant to Nelson Shanks at the Art Students League in New York, has her work in many private collections.