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Mark Richard Leach

Mark Richard Leach

Mark Richard Leach, deputy director of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, NC, has been selected by Florida Craftsmen to be juror of the CraftArt 2005 show October 29-30 at the St. Petersburg Coliseum.

A native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Mark Richard Leach is the founding Director of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design. Leach currently holds the post of Deputy Director of the Mint Museums which includes the Mint Museum of Craft and Design and the Mint Museum of Art.

He is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute for Museum Management. He received a B.A. in studio ceramics from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an Ed.M. degree, specializing in twentieth century art and non-profit administration.

Leach has held curatorial posts in Arkansas, Montana, Wisconsin and Ohio. He has taught, lectured, and moderated panels on public and environmental art, art criticism, and curatorship. He has authored articles for such publications as The Journal of Arts Management, Law, & Society; the American Association of Museum's Excellence & Equity Newsletter, New Art Examiner; Metalsmith; Artvu; FIBERARTS, and American Ceramics.

Mr. Leach is a trustee of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. He is formerly a trustee of the American Craft Council. There, he served on the Council's executive committee as chair of the publishing committee, overseeing American Craft magazine. He also served on the Advisory Board of the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

Leach has also published numerous texts, including Michael Lucero: Sculpture 1976 - 1995, co-published by Hudson Hills Press, New York and the Mint Museum of Art.

In May 2000, Harry N. Abrams Inc. and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design co-published and released Turning Wood into Art: The Jane and Arthur Mason Collection, for which Mr. Leach served as curator and editor.

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