(West Columbia SC, July 31, 2017) Continuing with our rotating arts program featuring local artists, Columbia Metropolitan Airport is pleased to announce the installation of an art exhibit by Alicia Leeke.
Leeke was awarded a grant by the Charleston Scientific and Cultural Education Fund to produce a traveling exhibition entitled: View from Under the Microscope: Science-based Learning Through Art. The exhibition educates the non-scientific community about the importance Phytoplankton plays in our lives and why we need to be good stewards of our water bodies. She is also a grant recipient from the Joan Mitchell Foundation located in New York City.
A native South Carolinian, Alicia started her artistic studies under Steven Nevitt at Columbia College. During her sophomore year she vacationed in Paris and visited the Louvre, where she fell in love with the French Impressionists. She also visited her most inspiring spot in France, Montmartre. Her travels to paint landscapes during plein-air painting sessions led her to produce a body of beautiful abstract paintings inspired by nature’s ever-changing scenery.
More recently, she is inspired by photographers Susan Kae Grant of Texas and John E. Powell of Columbia, SC to produce a body of work combining conceptual art, photography and digital mixed media.
Leeke compares a series of art in a body of work to that of multiple product lines in sales. This means she has paintings produced in a series over time including: abstract textural landscapes, impressionistic landscapes, French cityscapes, digital mixed media cityscapes, vibrant abstracts and an abstract body of work based on phytoplankton.