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Leeza Meksin

Diversities in Practice 

Q&A follows

 Two pink teepee-shaped structures, each with different pink patterned cloth, sit in a grassy field with trees in the background.

Interdisciplinary artist Leeza Meksin returns to Columbus to share her perspective on why focusing on a specific medium is overrated.

What is an artist’s role in society? How does the answer to that question change if artists have permission to use multiple types of media and expand their work to include curating and teaching? Meksin, whose artistic practice combines painting, installation, drawing, and public art, considers the possibilities while highlighting an important aspect of her process, “darting in directionless abundance.” A Q&A follows the talk. 

More about Diversities in Practice

Diversities in Practice is a collaboration between Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts, Department of Art, and Living Culture Initiative. This series includes talks and moderated discussions featuring a range of artists, thinkers, and practitioners engaged in compelling and critical work, centering projects that examine, shape, and push both material and ideological boundaries.

 Two pink teepee-shaped structures, each with different pink patterned cloth, sit in a grassy field with trees in the background.

Leeza Meksin's Peeled Turrets, photo: Julia Featheringill.

An image of artist Leeza Meksin facing the camera, wearing gold dangling earrings and a red shirt with a green tree in the background.

Leeza Meksin, photo: Claire Britt.

A gif loop beginning with a stack of bright green books entitled Turret Tops and Before, then views of interior pages showing text and artwork.

Pages from Leeza Meksin's book Turret Tops and Before, courtesy of Space Sisters Press.

A mixed-media painting of six squares inside a yellow-orange border. Each square has a different design within it.

Artwork by Leeza Meksin, photo: David Todd.

A series of neon yellow and pink posters hang above a desk with books and plants.

Leeza Meksin's Boobies on a Half Shell posters, courtesy of Space Sisters Press.

A mixed-media painting of three bent legs and two breasts extending out of a central blue face-like shape, with an orange oval behind the figure.

Artwork by Leeza Meksin, photo: David Todd.

A painting of a turquoise shape over a dark blue shape surrounded by a green string and gold ground. Small shapes and 3D materials appear throughout.

Artwork by Leeza Meksin, photo: David Todd.

About the artist

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New York–based artist Leeza Meksin was born in the former Soviet Union and, in 1989, immigrated to the United States, where Columbus, Ohio, became her family’s new home. Her work investigates parallels between our bodies and the conventions of painting and architecture through site-specific installations. Meksin is cofounder of Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run gallery in Brooklyn that she continues to codirect. She received an MFA from Yale School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut; a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and a BA/MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago. She teaches at Cornell University in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. Learn more on her website.

Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Department of Art Visiting Artists Program.

American Electric Power Foundation



Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

Big Lots Foundation  


Ingram-White Castle Foundation

The Ohio State University Office of Outreach & Engagement

Ohio Arts Council

Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation  


Ohio Department of Development
Greater Columbus Arts Council  
The Wexner Family  
Institute of Museum and Library Services  
Ohio Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts


Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme

The Columbus Foundation

Nationwide Foundation

Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease  


Mike and Paige Crane

Axium Packaging

Nancy Kramer 
Ohio State Energy Partners  
Ohio History Fund/Ohio History Connection  
Larry and Donna James

David Crane and Elizabeth Dang

Bruce and Joy Soll

Rebecca Perry Damsen and Ben Towle

Jones Day  
Alex and Renée Shumate


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