Residencies

2022

Santa Fe Art Institute, Revolution Residency, Santa Fe, NM

 

2019

Ragdale Art Residency, Lake Forest, IL 

Southern Constellations residency at Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC

 

2018

The Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY

The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

 

2015

 

Yaddo Artist in Residency Program, Saratoga Springs, NY

 

2014

 

Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL

 

Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence Program, Woodstock, NY

 

2013

 

The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH

 

2012

 

The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY  

 

Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL (with master artist Pepón Osorio)

 

2011

 

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT

 

Arteles, Artist in residence, Haukijarvi, Finland

 

Awards / Publications/ Interviews

2020

Interview with Davidson College for "Digital Art Exhibitions" at The E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center, NC

Miami Artist Support Grant

Locust Projects Miami Artist Relief Fund

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

Oolite Arts Relief Fund

2019

Joan Mitchell Foundation emergency grant

US Central Americans in Art and Visual Culture, Kency Cornejo, Oxford Encyclopedia on Latino Studies. Feb. 2019

2018 Wynn Newhouse Award recipient

2019 Ragdale in Schools fellowship recipient

2018

Cartografías Paranoicas. Espacio y violencia en la producción cultural hondureña reciente. Laura Chinchilla. Centroamericana. ©2018

"Art to Deglamorize the War on Drugs" Valeria Posada Villada, pandemic Magazine, April 9, 2018

2018 Displaced Artist Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center

2017

The “art of witness” in US Central American cultural production: An analysis of William Archila’s The Art of Exile and Alma Leiva’s Celdas. Marisel

 

Moreno. Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2017

"Celdas: Alma Leiva", World Photography Organisation, interview.

 

" If you're interested in the art of here and now, you need to see this show ", Anne Tschida, Special to the Miami Herald, Special, July 6th, 2017

 

South Florida Cultural Consortium Exhibition, Catalogue Publication, 2017

 

2016

 

Mónica Kupfer, Arte y autorreflexión: Décima Bienal Centroamericana, Art Nexus No. 103 (diciembre 2016-febrero 2017), págs. 72-77

 

Radio interview (with S.P.S. reset), Radio Progreso, Honduras. October, 10th 2016.

 

Miradas a la Décima Bienal, Luis Fernando Quiróz, L'Fatal 7 Revista de Arte Contemporáneo. Pg 19-20. 2016

 

"Arte visual narra historias de todas las vidas", Ana Beatriz Fernández Gonzáles, Semanario Universidad, print edition, September 7 2016. Costa Rica.

 

Honduras en la bienal Centroamericana con 17 Artistas, El Heraldo, Honduras, June, 17, 2016 (Print)

 

Pollination Project Grant to travel to Costa Rica

 

2015 

 

Beyond the Borders of My Homeland: Feminist Social Art in Alma Leiva’s “Celdas”, Marisel Moreno, 2015 National Women’s Studies Conference

 

Meredith S. Moody Residency Fellowship (Yaddo)

 

Art and The Other Side of Narco Violence, Marisel Moreno, Huffington Post (October 20)

 

"Narcos”-themed Snite exhibit tells its own story, Adam Ramos, The Observer (October 8)

 

A must-see: ‘Counter-Archives to the Narco-City’ . Marisel Moreno, The Observer, Print edition (October 1st)

 

" 'Counter-Archives of the Narco City' looks at victims of drug trade's violence", Evan Gillespie, South Bend Tribune (October, 18)

 

Cutting-Edge art in Costa Rica: TEOR/ éTica, Roslyn Bernstein, Huffington Post, Feb, 25, 2015

 

"Living Archives Focus Group", Light Project, Workshop, Miami, FL

 

Counter-Archives to The Narco City, Essays by Tatiana Reinoza and Luis Vargas-Santiago, Catalogue Publication, 2015

 

Object of My Affection Review, Doris Bravo, Counter-Archives, 2015

 

"Financial literacy for Artists", Creative Capital workshop, Miami, FL

 

2014

 

MOCA: Re/Claiming Art, Power, Ideas and Vision in an Ethnically Plural Community, Book Publication, 2014

 

Third Space Reinventar lo Posible A Través de las Artes, Janet Batet, El Nuevo Herald, October 21, 2014

 

Race, Love, and Labor: New Work from The Center for Photography at Woodstock's Artist-in-Residency Program, Catalogue Publication. 1st Ed. Sarah Lewis.

 

SUNY Press. 2014. 70 Pgs.

 

NFA Artist/Ensemble Project Grant, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, San Antonio, TX

 

South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists, Miami, FL

 

Miami-Dade Artist Access Grant 2014, Miami, FL

 

Joan Mitchell Foundation partial scholarship to attend Atlantic Center for the Arts

 

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Fellowship, funded through the Pollock-Krasner Foundation

 

Anatomy Of a Successful Grant Application: Center for Photography at Woodstock, David Walker, Photo District News, Print (Pg 38-39, July Issue) and Digital

 

Publication

 

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Tavel Grant, MacDowell Colony, NH

 

"Authentic Branding", Creative Capital, Miami, FL

 

MasterMind 2014 Honorable Mention: Alma Leiva , Miami New Times website, Travis Cohen

 

Celdas; Alma Leiva, Shana Dumont Garr, Exhibition Brochure, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

 

2013

 

Leon Levy Foundation Grant, The MacDowell Colony

 

"15 of Our Favorite Photos from THE FENCE at Photoville", Feature Shoot, Jenna Garrett

 

Last Call: Every Picture Tells a Story, Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, TX

 

"2013 Creative Capital Professional Development Core Program", Miami, FL

 

Exploring Latino Identities: Alma Leiva, Lauren Moya Ford, Glasstire, TX

 

"Don't Fence Me In", Photo of the day, PDN (Website)

 

Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Emergency Grant Award, New York, NY

 

"Beth Block Juried Membership Prize 2013", Houston Center For Photography, TX

 

Project "Bananas", featured on "On our Radar", Creative Capital website

 

MasterMinds : Meet Some of the City's Most Creative Geniuses. Miami New Times. Pag.15-20. February 28-March 6, 2013. Volume 27.

 

MasterMind Awards 2013: The Ten Finalists for Miami New Times' Arts Contest, Miami New Times (blog), Carlos Suarez De Jesus and Hannah Sentenac, Feb 26,

 

Miami New Times' MasterMind awards 2013 finalist

 

Inside Alma Leiva’s Celdas: The Practice of Everyday Life in the most Violent Country in the World. Tatiana Reynosa. Abriendo Brecha (Opening a Path). Art,

 

Activism and Social Justice. The University of Texas at Austin. February 15 2013.

 

2012

 

31 Fotografinnen, Stylebook, July 2012

 

Through the Glass Ceiling, Into the White Cube; 31 Women in Art Photography, Time magazine's Lightbox, July 25th

 

"31 Women in Art Photography 2012", Newsweek magazine's (website)

 

"31 Women in Art Photography”, F-Stoppers,(website)

 

NYFA fellowship in the category of interdisciplinary work, New York, NY

 

PPAC's 3rd Annual Photography Exhibition, Book publication, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA

 

Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant to attend Atlantic Center for the Arts residency

 

Best of Award: Best Alternative Art Space-6th Street Container, Carlos Suarez De Jesus, Miami New Times (website)

 

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition Catalogue, Virginia Commonwealth University

 

2011 Winners and Losers in the Arts, Carlos Suarez de Jesus, Miami New Times

 

2011

 

Alma Leiva: En La Celda, Janet Batet, Artpulse Magazine, winter issue (Dec. 28)

 

Art That Always Shines, The Spectrum, by Elva Aguilar (October 13)

 

La Calle 6: La Verdadera Esquina Caliente de La Pequeña Habana, El Nuevo Herald, Janet Batet (September 25)

 

La Violencia As The New Norm, Anne Tschida, Knight Arts (August 30)

 

Alma Leiva's Prison Cell at 6th Street Container Evokes Honduran Crimes Terrors, Carlos Suarez de Jesus, Miami New Times, (August 19)

 

When New York Was Is Cool, Fader. Magazine Publication (May)

 

Resolve, The College Journal, Magazine Publication, May Issue (front Cover)

 

Virginia Commonwealth University Graduate Travel Grant, Richmond, VA

 

College Art Association 2010-2011 Professional Development Fellowship in the Visual Arts, NY

 

2010

 

Memory Upgrade, Juror Juan Alonso, Catalog publication, Seattle, WA

 

CoCA Annual 2010 "Memory Upgrade" Honorable Mention, Seattle, WA

 

Vermont Studio Center Full Fellowship, Johnson, VT

 

Virginia Commonwealth University Graduate School Thesis/Dissertation Award, Richmond, VA

 

Virginia Commonwealth University Fine Arts Award, Richmond, VA

 

McNamara Family Creative Arts Project Grant

 

Purchase Award, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL

 

Altered: Experimental Photography. Juror's Statement: Tomiko Jones, Catalogue Publication, University Of West Florida, Pensacola, FL

 

Digital skills blend with artistic eye, The Voyager, Newspaper, Pensacola, FL

 

2009

 

Work featured on The Washington Post website, Arlington Arts Center's 'Image/project' focuses on contemporary photos and video.

 

Foundation For Contemporary Arts, emergency Grant award, New York, NY

 

“International Photography Awards”, Honorable mention.

 

It is Now Following you. Oculus Photographic Group Graduate Survey Book publication.

 

Virginia Commonwealth University Graduate Teaching Assistantship Award, Richmond, VA

 

2007

 

Internship (Teaching assistantship) at New World School Of The Arts, Miami, FL

 

Graduated with honors from The University Of Florida, New World School Of The Arts, Miami, FL

Collections

 

Elsewhere Museum

                        

Smith College Museum of Art

 

The Center for Photography at Woodstock

 

University of West Florida

 

 

Lectures  / Panel discussions / Workshops

2020

Artist lecture, Koubek Center (Miami-Dade College), Miami, FL (Feb. 21)

2019

Artist lecture, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL 

Artist presentation, Elsewhere museum, Greensboro, NC

 

2018

"Violence, migration and resistance:  A conversation with artist Alma Leiva ", artist lecture, Centre College, Danville, KY

"Violence, Migration, Cultural Memory and Resistance in the Contemporary Cultural Production of Central American Diaspora Artists", Round Table, Creative Time

 

Summit, Miami, FL

Artist presentation at Taconic Hills Jr. / Sr. High School, Craryville, NY (Through the Millay Colony)

Workshop with AP ceramics and sculpture high school students, Taconic Hills Jr/Sr High School, (Schools Program, Millay Colony), Craryville, NY 

 

2017

 

Studio visits with Visual Arts graduate students, Stony Brook University, NY

"Race, Love and Labor", Panel discussion, Paul Zuccaire Gallery, Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University, NY

Artist Lecture, Paul Zuccaire Gallery, Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University, NY 

2016                     

 

"Contemporary Art and the Central American Diaspora", Latino Art Now! Conference (Panel discussion)

 

Centre College, KY (Skype lecture invited by Professor Laura Chinchilla)

 

2015                      

 

Snite Museum of Art, Counter-Archives to the Narco-City (Lecture)

Workshop with after school program students, South Bend, IN

 

Southern Illinois University, department of Cinema and Photography (Lecture)

 

Southern Illinois University (Panel discussion)

 

2014  

                     

Presentation with after school program students , Raleigh, NC

University of Tampa, FL (Skype lecture invited by Professor Ya’ LaFord)

 

Virginia Commonwealth University (Skype lecture invited by Professor Bob Paris)

 

2011                        

 

Virginia Commonwealth University, lecture with Art and Politics class (invited by Professor Bob Paris)