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Ragdale Art Residency, Lake Forest, IL 

Southern Constellations residency at Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC



The Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY

The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT




Yaddo Artist in Residency Program, Saratoga Springs, NY




Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL


Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence Program, Woodstock, NY




The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH




The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY  


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




Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT


Arteles, Artist in residence, Haukijarvi, Finland


Awards / Publications/ Interviews




Visual Disobedience: Art and Decoloniality in Central America, Kency Cornejo. Duke University Press (Book publication)


DiscrimiNaciones, Fundación Heinrich Böll Centroamérica (Book publication)


The Art of Protest: Political Art and Activism. Gelstaten. 2021


Foundation for Contemporary Arts emergency Grant


Foundation for Contemporary Arts Bridge fund

Green Space Initiative Grant


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

Miami Artist Support Grant

Joan Mitchell Foundation recipient fund

Locust Projects Miami Artist Relief Fund

Artist Relief

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

Oolite Arts Relief Fund


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


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


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




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




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




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




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.




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




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




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




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




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



Elsewhere Museum


Smith College Museum of Art


The Center for Photography at Woodstock


University of West Florida



Lectures  / Panel discussions / Workshops


Virtual artist talk with UCLA class invited by Rose Simmons


Artist lecture, Nomad Interdisciplinary MFA, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, Koubek Center (Miami-Dade College), Miami, FL


Artist lecture, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL 

Artist presentation, Elsewhere museum, Greensboro, NC



"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 




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 



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


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




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)




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)




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

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