Michele C. Leavitt

Title: Fine Artist, Educator
Company: Art Works Wonders
Location: Saunderstown, Rhode Island, United States

Michele C. Leavitt, Fine Artist and Educator at Art Works Wonders, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in textiles.

As a child, Ms. Leavitt fell in love with art during her many trips to New York City museums and with the support of her mother, an avid quilter, and her father, a printer. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in art and design from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1972. She then received a Master of Fine Art in painting from Cornell University in 1985. She began her career in 1976 as an adjunct professor at the State University of New York, Delhi. In 2002, she joined as a pre-college faculty at Rhode Island School of Design, remaining until 2010, and as a faculty member at the Community College of Rhode Island until 2012. During that time, she was also an artist at Public Art Works from 2007 to 2009. In 2010, Ms. Leavitt established herself as an independent visual artist and educator operating as Art Works Wonders, building on her multimedia background and expertise in drawing, painting, printmaking, and textile design including quilting and carpet design.

Throughout her career, Ms. Leavitt has worked with students of all ages, ranging from elementary-aged children to seniors, and she has established a scholarship fund for students at the Community College of Rhode Island in honor of her late husband. As a testament to her success, Ms. Leavitt was a winner at the New York State Fair, received a grant for an exhibition from the Rhode Island Foundation at the Newport Art Museum, a Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Projects grant for public art works in 2009, an Individual Artist’s Award from the Rhode Island Foundation in 2001 and a summer fellowship from Cornell University in 1984. She has also exhibited with the Seventh Annual Fiber Arts Showcase in Vancouver, Washington, and the Trashformations exhibit at the Fuller Craft Museum (which was organized by the founding director of the Fuller Craft, and was a traveling exhibition). She has been inducted as member of the Studio Art Quilt Association and the College Art Association.

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