INTRO Leah Poller was born in Pennsylvania. She received classical training in sculpture at the prestigious Ecole Nationale Superieure de Beaux Arts, in Paris, France. Partaking of a rich, multi-cultural environment, Poller interacted with foremost members of the international arts communities of France, Spain, Italy and Latin America. Returning to the United States in 1992, she established her studio in Soho and began the series of "101 Beds" which has been exhibited in galleries and institutions in Europe, Mexico, and throughout the United States. In 2010 she began "The Unmade Bed Project", a collection of images of people's unmade beds (www.unmadebedproject.com) which will be the basis for the book "UNMADE BED PROJECT – A Tale Between Two Sheets" (202). She has been featured on CNN, Fox Television and in numerous art publications. She has lectured extensively and held workshops on creativity. In 2003 she was named Director of "Intercambios de Arte y Cultural Internacionale", a not-for profit furthering cultural exchanges between the Americas and spearheading the restoration of a major twentieth century mural, recently discovered to be the work of Philip Guston.
PLACES Arnot Museum · Museo Regional Michoacano · Edward Dean Museum · Casa Diego Rivera · Washington Square Windows at NYU · Grounds for Sculpture · Kisrnet Gallery · Mexican Culture Institute of New York · Claypool Young Museum - Ofivalmo · Capital One Bank · National Building Museum · Portals Gallery · Centro Cultural Sefaradi · Mercedes Benz Gallery of New York · Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy · Fleet Bank · Galleria Dante · Centro Cultural San Angel · Galerie Treger · Instituto Nacional de Antropologia y Historia · North Fork Bank · Duveen Gallery · Fordham University - Stamford Connecticut Art Walk · South Bend Indiana Art Museum · Yin Yang Social Laboratory of New York SOFA · Washington DC Project for the Arts · National Museum of American Art · Greater Reston Arts Center
CITIES Paris · Mexico City · Phoenix · Soho · Naples · Guadalajara · New York · Mexico City · Miami Beach · Los Angeles · Stamford · Palm Springs · Tucson · Bethesda · Washington · Boca Raton · Tribeca · South Bend · Morehead · Seattle · Chicago · Akron · Boulder · Morelia · Cherry Hill · Harrison
AWARDS Artist's Equity · Pen and Brush · South C. Lorrilard Wolfe Institute · South Bend Indiana Museum · Washington Project for the Arts · National Galeries of the Smithsonian Institute.
COMMISSIONS Lionel Vielot, dancer · Thamir Al Kaisi, French artist · Michelle Kombluh, portrait of a young girl- Laura Alexis, French cinema actress · Dany Meadows, French author · Serge Ber, art specialist · Enrique Guzman de Acevedo, Latin American correspondent to the White House · Ever Gordon, Jamaican poet and jazz musician.
COLLECTIONS Soaring Words, international children's charity · John Demaio, Esq, attorney · Alain Baudry, French Editor · Dr. Maurice Tran Dinh Cahn · Mr Serge Ber, antique dealer · Laura McCann, CEO of Zweave, Inc. · John Hechinger, CEO, Hechinger Corp. · Edilberto Reyes, CPA · Dr. and Mrs. A. Wise · Madeline McConnell, Art Consultant · Jayson and Tassi Arnster, Attorneys · Marite Bonnal, Author · Kenneth Kombluh, CEO, Marketing Pilot, Inc. · D. Doane, CEO, Customs Foods · Amal Warren, Jeweler to the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi · Olivier Dieudonne, Investment Banker · Dr. Francois Elmai, DDS · Mr. and Mrs. David Cohen · Jerome Bonnouvrier, CEO, DNA Model Agency · David Ramsey, Bell Laboratories · Julien David, financial consultant · Frederique Morrel and Aaron Levine, artists · Michelle Kornbluh, Executor Director, Public Issuance CFF.
AFFILIATIONS National Museum of Women · Association for International Artists · National Artist's Equity · Women's Caucus for the Arts · Washington Sculpture Guild · Association des Sculpteurs (France) · Friends of the Museum of the Americas - Pen and Brush (New York) · Who's Who of American Women · Artists' Round Table.
BIBLIOGRAPHY “Appreciation of Leah Poller and her Beds” by Cliff Johns,“The Potomac” · “Fabrica de Suenos”, “El Informador” · “De Manhattan a Mexico” by Argelia Castello, la Voz de Michoacan · “De la cama al museo”, Acentro · “Leah's Bed's” by Cate McLare, Boca Sentinal · “Global Frontunners”, Profile Magazine · “Casting Your Bed in Bronze”, The Artist's Magazine · “Exhibit celebrates surrealist's fascination with Bedfellows", Spotlight Chicago · “Bed Puns” by Fred Camper, Chicago Reader · “A Question of Culture” by Mitchell Snow, Eyewash · “The Symbolic Bed”, Eyewash.