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CV & BIO

Beatriz E. Ledesma is a painter, curator, and psychotherapist based in Chicago, IL. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she is deeply connected to the plight of the poor, vulnerable, and undeserved. Her work is about issues of emotional, spiritual, and social construct.

Her interest for the practical applications of psychoanalysis and art for the purpose of healing and empowerment inspired her to obtain a PhD (2009) focusing on the use of art-making in the clinical treatment of adults. She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she graduated with a MFA and MAAT (1988). 

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS:

2016 Wishbone Restaurant Gallery, Chicago
2014 Rogers Park Public Library, Chicago
2011 Edna Manley College, Kingston, Jamaica
          Flourish Studios Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010 Elephant Room Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008 Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago, Il
2002 “Willing to live in Uncertainty”, Swedenborg Library, Chicago
2000 “Inner Journeys”, Arlington Heights Memorial Public Library


SELECTED TWO PERSON & GROUP SHOWS

2017 “Broken Borders”, Oliva Gallery, Chicago
          “Hearts Art”, Fulton Art Collective, Chicago
          “Where the Streets Have No Fear”, Calles & Suenos
          Gallery, Chicago
2016 “Holiday Small Works”, Limner Gallery, Hudson
           Ledesma- Zwierzynski, William Harris Lee Co., Chicago
2015 Ledesma-Randolph, ICANA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2013 “The Sacred Show”, Uptown Arts Center, Chicago
2012 “Two Perspectives in Color: Randolph-Ledesma”, Chicago
           Maya Malioutina Studio Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Morris College, Chicago, Il
2007 Ossia Gallery, Chicago, Il
2004 Claudia Andersen Gallery, Chicago
2003 “40 x 40: Forty By Forty”, Apollo Theater, Chicago, IL
 

CURATION:

2007 “Painting and Printmaking: The Work of Bert Menco & Beatriz Ledesma”, Chicago
“Four Women in One Space. The Work of Goldman, Hill, Ledesma & Petty”, Chicago
2006 “Three Women Artists: Cole, Glyman, Ledesma”, Chicago
2004 “Madrid & Chicago- Wokrs by Carmen Gonzales & Beatriz Ledesma”, Chicago
1995 “Art as a Form of Healing”, Uptown Public Library, Chicago
“Menarche Menses and Menopause- Women & The Way of the Blood”, Women Made Gallery,
1994 “Symbolic Visions”, Women Made Gallery, Chicago
1993 “Young Latin American Artists”, El Nandu Restaurant, Chicago
1992 “ARTicipate”, Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago
“Teen of All Nations/ Summer Program”, Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago
1991 “Children Expressions”, Hull House & Stockton Elementary School, Chicago
1989 “A Voice in the Matter”, CWCA Juried Exhibition @ Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago


COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS:

2011 “Spiritual Resonances. Jamaica”- Painting & Music, Edna Manley
College, Kingston, Jamaica
2008 Mahler Song Cycles with Oswald Iraheta, Ossia Gallery
2007 Fundraising for ICA (International Chamber Artists), Chicago
1997 “Incantation” directed by Dina Morelli, Links Hall Studio, Chicago
1993 “Toward Diane Arbus” directed by Natsu Nakashima,
Randolph Gallery


HONORS AND AWARDS:

2015 IAP Professional Development Grant, DCASE
2008 Illinois Arts Assistance Grant, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago
The Debbie Grant, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2005 Illinois Arts Assistance Grant, Illinois Art Council, Chicago
2004 Illinois Arts Assistance Grant, Illinois Art Council, Chicago
1997 Illinois Art Assistance Grant, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago
1996 Illinois Arts Assistance Grant, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago
Honorable Mention Grant of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Fellowship,Vermont Studio Center
1995 The Cove Foundation Scholarship, Chicago
1994 Fairfield Savings and Loan, Chicago
1993 Community Arts Assistance Grant, Chicago Office of Fine Arts
Merit Scholarship, Evanston Arts Center
1992 Chicago Initiative Grant, Chicago Community Trust Funds
Outstanding Artistic Recognition Award, Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago
1991 Neighborhood Arts Grant, Chicago Office of Fine Arts, IL
Outstanding Artistic Recognition Award, Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago
Merit Scholarship, Evanston Arts Center, Evanston, IL
Community Arts Assistance Grant, Chicago Office of Fine Arts, IL
1990 Illinois Arts Assistance Grant, Illinois Art Council, Chicago
Community Arts Assistance Grant, Chicago Office of Fine Arts, IL
Outstanding Artistic Service Award, Boulevard Arts Center, Chicago
Neighborhood Arts Grant, Chicago Office of Fine Arts, IL
1989 Community Arts Assistance Grant, Chicago Office of Fine Arts
1987-88 Smith Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1986-88 Merit Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


ART PRACTICE EMPLOYMENT

2015-Present Artist at Ledesma Studio
Professional Painter

 Illustrator
Illustrator of Children & Adult Books

Independent Clinical Contractor/ Art Psychotherapist in Private Practice
1995- Present

  • Psychotherapy with high functional adults seeking counseling due to anxiety or mood disorders, identity crisis, acculturation issues, gender dysphoria, blockage to creativity.
  • Provide consultation to art programs, mental health centers, university students counseling department.
  • Develop workshops, seminars and lectures on the topic of multiculturalism and art as a form of healing
  • Liaison Fieldworker, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Lecturer at SAIC- Education and Art Therapy Program

Supervisor, Counseling Center, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Provide clinical supervision to art therapist
2015-2018

 
Undergraduate & Graduate

1992- 2000 Community Counseling Centers of Chicago
Staff Therapist II - Clinical Supervisor- Student Interns

Coordinator- Art Therapist
Provide mental health services to individuals and couples using brief psychotherapy and art therapy within a cognitive behavioral approach mostly to ethnic population. Coordinate and supervise students interns of psychology and art therapy from different surrounding universities including The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Illinois @ Chicago, Northwestern University, Loyola University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Roosevelt University and National Louis University.

1994 NNWCA Gallery, Chicago

 Mural Project Director

Organized and directed a mural project for a group of 10 Latino teenagers. The project included: writing a curriculum, setting up a budget, coordinate co-facilitator functions and leading the project. The mural has
traveled to different public schools around the city.

1993 Native American Indian Center of Chicago, The School of the Art
Institute of Chicago and Beacon Gallery Educational Program, Chicago


Art Editor
American References Publishing Co., Chicago
Coordinated international interviews for art publication as well as developed the international public
relations department (mainly with South American countries)

1984-1985 Latino Youth Financial Aid Program, Chicago