Alice Leora Briggs’ work includes sgraffito drawings (a technique that originated in 13th century Germany), large installations, and fine art books. She received an MFA in 1981 from the University of Iowa.
Reproductions of nearly 200 of Briggs’ drawings were published in a non-fiction book titled Dreamland: The Way Out of Juarez. This “illuminated manuscript/police blotter” centers on human collisions along the Mexico-United States border (University of Texas Press, 2010). Previously Briggs produced two limited edition books, The Essence of Beeing published by Sherwin Beach Press (1992), and Dear Mr. Kappus: The Eighth Letter (1982).
Briggs’ work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at select galleries and museums including Box Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; d berman gallery, Austin, TX; Davidson Gallery, Seattle, WA; de Young Museum, San Francisco; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX; Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ; Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona School of Art, Tucson; Galeria mesta Bratislavy, Palffy Palace, Bratislava, Slovak Republic; International Print Center New York (IPCNY); International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL; Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA; Mercer Gallery, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX; Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY; New York Center for Book Arts, New York, NY; Nora Eccles Harrison Museum, Logan, UT; Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ; Nüart Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Tucson Pima Arts Council Gallery; and the Tucson Museum of Art.
Briggs is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including: Fulbright Scholar, Slovak Republic (2011); Artist Residency at Anderson Ranch and Art Center, Snowmass, CO (2010) Artist Residency at the Border Art Residency, an affiliate of the El Paso Community Foundation (2008); Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Award, offered by the Dallas Museum of Art (2008); the Texas Prize, Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, TX (2008); Artist Residency, the Jentel Foundation, Banner, WY (2007); Serie Workshop Residency, Austin, TX (2007); City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Seventh Avenue Streetscape public art project (2005); Project Grant, Arizona Commission on the Arts (2004); Contemporary Forum, Cummings Endowment Grant, Phoenix Art Museum (2003); International Exchange Grant (travel to Slovak Republic), Tucson Pima Arts Council (2003); Visual Artist Fellowship, Tucson/Pima Arts Council (2001); Larry E. Elsner Art Foundation Grant (2001), Individual Artist Grant, Utah Arts Council (1995), Visual Artists Fellowship, Utah Arts Council (1994).
Her work has been the subject of articles and reviews in publications including, The Albuquerque Journal, The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic, The Chicago-Sun Times, The El Paso Times, Pasatiempo, Tucson Weekly, The Salt Lake Tribune, Santa Fean Magazine, Santa Fe Trend Magazine, Shade Magazine, Sculpture Magazine and THE Magazine.
Alice Leora Briggs’ work is in the permanent collections of public institutions including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, El Paso Museum of Art; Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Albuquerque, NM; University of Iowa Museum of Art; Nora Eccles Harrison Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson Museum of Art, Wichita Falls Museum of Art and numerous private collections.
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