Noel-Baza Fine Art       NoelBazaFineArt@gmail.com

 

A glass artist of the modern age sculpting with light in the most ancient of materials.  Her innovative techniques and meticulous craftsmanship combine to make sculpture and jewelry which is truly breathtaking.


Recent work from The Quilts of Light Series expand on the artist’s experiments with light refraction and stretch the medium she has mastered.


at left - Source of Light 2011 Quilts of Light Series    

  at right Two Pieces of View 2011 Quilts of Light Series

below right - Mirage 2011 Quilts of Light Series

Optical beauty and the interplay of light have inspired Vicki Leon to direct her passions for over thirty five years into the expressive medium of glass. Her educational emphasis at California State University at Chico, 1976-1979 and 1984-1988, was on painting, sculpture and glass; she continues to combine the disciplines of each developing innovative processes which allow for fine detail, vibrant color and sculptural form, bringing the beauty of glass into the fine art context.


Leon received first place in the Small Image Show in San Diego, CA in 2010. She has received first place awards at the annual exhibit of the Art Glass Association of Southern California for the years 2011, 2010, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1992, and 1991. Leon’s artwork has been shown in various museum exhibitions. In 2005 The Carter Art Center in Kansas City, Missouri included The Four Elements Suite in their permanent collection. The sculpture Blue Planet/4 Elements was featured in “Milange 2000” in 1999 at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, California. In 1997 Solar Flares was included in “Through the Glass Brightly” at the Oceanside Museum in Oceanside, California. Leon is the designer of the Women’s Hall of Fame for the Women’s Museum of California, which is currently in progress.


One of Leon’s greatest professional honors was to work side by side, collaborating with Judy Chicago, world famous for her feminist works of the 1970’s, and one of the significant influences on Leon’s own work. Leon’s collaborative works with Chicago from 1997-2003 continue to be exhibited worldwide. In 2006 The Santa Fe Museum of Fine Art, in New Mexico, purchased for permanent collection, Peeling Back. In 2009, Arcanum in Shades of Gray was purchased for permanent collection by The Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, in Ontario, Canada. Since 2000, their collaborative glass pieces, Arcanum in Shades of Gray, Sappho Plate, Through the Flower, and Peeling Back have been exhibited at numerous museums nationwide, including the New Museum and the American Craft Museum in New York City, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. and the New Orleans Museum of Art. These pieces continue to tour with Chicago’s retrospective and with her current exhibit, “Chicago in Glass”.

Vicki Leon

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at left -Sappho Plate In Glass

collaboration between Judy Chicago and Vicki Leon, 2000 19” x 19” x .5” D


limited edition of 45 signed by both artists


This iconic image created by Judy Chicago for The Dinner Party is reinterpreted by Judy Chicago and Vicki Leon using Leon’s signature glass carving technique.