“At this late date, it is almost too much to expect an experience unexpectedly compelling and new - catalyzed by a representation of nature, and yet, here is Mira Lehr’s recent work - playful, mysterious and as it wrests beauty from danger and violence, in the deepest sense sublime.”

Thom Collins
Director, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

BIOGRAPHY

Mira Lehr, a multimedia artist whose career spans four decades, is a native New Yorker now working in Miami. Her nature-based imagery encompasses painting, design, sculpture and video installations. Processes include non-traditional media such as resin, gunpowder, fire, Japanese paper, dyes and welded steel.

Lehr graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Art History, where she studied with Linda Nochlin and Adolf Katzenellenbogen. Later, she studied Painting with Robert Motherwell and others of the New York School, focusing mainly on the principles of Hans Hofmann.
 
As a young female artist in the 50’s - 60’s, Lehr was at the forefront of abstract expressionism and had much to do with mobilizing the female voice in cities like Miami. There she co-founded the Continuum Gallery, the first women’s co-op in the southeast. In 1969, Lehr was selected to be a participant with Buckminster Fuller on the first World Game Scenario Project at the New York Studio School. Exhibitions and archives include the Bass Museum of Art, the Miami Art Museum, the New Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Getty Museum Research Center and American Embassies around the world.  Her work hangs in the lobby of the Evelyn Lauder Breast Center of the Sloan Kettering Memorial Center and is included in the Leonard Lauder Corporate Collection.

Lehr has affected a new generation of young artists by serving as a mentor and collaborator. She has taught master classes with the National YoungArts Foundation and has been artist in residence at the Bascom Summer Programs.

Her solo and group exhibitions number over 300. Presently Lehr is represented by the Flomenhaft Gallery in New York. A Monograph about Lehr's life and work has been recently published by Hard Press Editions and Hudson Hills press.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
Second Nature, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Adam R. Rose & Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center, Miami, FL
Winds and Tides, Commission for New American Home, Orlando, FL
Commission Award: Lost Spaces and Stories, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Coral Gables, FL
Between the Meadow and the Moon, Temple Beth Sholom, Miami Beach, FL (Site-specific installation through October 2016)

2015
Ocean Vegetatta, Fairchild Botanical Garden, Science Center, Miami, FL
Mapping Nature, Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL
Arc of Nature II, Flomenhaft Gallery, New York City

2014
Shadow Sculptures, Downtown Art House, Miami, FL
Art Basel Official Studio Visits, Downtown Art House, Miami, FL
Oceans and Tides, Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL

2013
Pull of Tide, Kelley Roy Gallery, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL
Fathom, Flomenhaft Gallery, New York, NY

2011 
Post Fair Event, video projection during Art Basel, Wynwood, Miami, FL
Detour Basel, STA Group, Wynwood, Miami, FL
209 Ignition, Kelley Roy Gallery, Miami, FL
Burnt Offerings, Flomenhaft Gallery, New York, NY

2010 
New Work, Sanford Smith Fine Art, Great Barrington, MA
Fire and Heat by Three, The Bascom Visual Art Center, Highlands, NC
Artful Explosions, Guthrie Contemporary Art, New Orleans, Louisiana

2009
New Works, Flomenhaft Gallery, New York, NY
Synergies, Rohm Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

2008
Tanglewood, Sanford Smith Fine Art, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
GenSpring Family Offices, Grand Opening, Sarasota, Florida

2007
Dreamscapes, Flomenhaft Gallery, New York, New York 

2006 
Modern Masters of Tapestry, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida
Mira Lehr for Odegard, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York
Between the Meadow and the Moon, Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida

2005
Mira Lehr for Odegard, Paradeisos, Celebrating Art Basel, Miami, Florida
Moon and Bellflower Variations Flomenhaft Gallery, New York, New York

2003
World Game: Celebrating Art Basel, Odegard, Miami, Florida
Affinities with the East, Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida

1997
New Work, Dorothy Blau Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida
Icarus, Continuum Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida

1991-96
Past and Present, Continuum Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida
Orientations, Continuum Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida
Sources, Continuum Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida
Night Paintings, Gloria Luria Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Earth SOS, Flomenhaft Gallery, NY (2016-2018 Traveling Exhibition)

2015
Bloom, J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville Beach, FL (Sept 12 - Nov 5, 2015)
eXXpectations, Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL (Oct 29, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016)
Contemporary Art, Watson MacRae Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (Opened July 1, 2015)
Contemporary Florida, Watson MacRae Gallery, Sanibel, FL (Feb 3 - March 7, 2015)
 
2014
Florida Invitational, Baker Museum of Art, Naples, FL
Women Only, Flomenhaft Gallery, New York, NY: Emma Amos, Mira Lehr, Faith Ringgold, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Carrie Mae Weems
Paper Hearts, Miami Dade College, Miami, FL

2013
20 Shades of Grey, Zadok Gallery, Miami, FL

2012
61st All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
Restless: Recent Acquisitions From The MAM Collection, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Artist Choose Artist, Flomenhaft Gallery, New York, NY

2011 
Art in Embassies, The American Embassy, Mexico City, Mexico
Wynwood Art Fair, performance and exhibition, Miami FL
Texas National 17th Annual Competition & Exhibition, Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
60th All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

2010 
10th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition,Thomas Center Galleries, Gainsville,FL.July
Texas National 2010, April. 10, -May. 22, 2010, The Cole Art Center, Nacogdoches, TX
National Open Small Works, N.A.W.A. Gallery, New York, NY
Navel Gazing : Artists Visions of Florida, Brevard Museum of Art, Melbourne, FL
Without a Trace; Artist image a world without us, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida

2009 
Flomenhaft Salon, Flomenhaft Gallery, New York, New York
Art on Paper, The Armory, New York, New York
Art 20, The Armory, New York, New York

2008-10 
Art in Embassies, The American Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria

2008 
Preview, Rohm Gallery, New Orleans, LA
In the Eye of the Beholder, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

2007 
New American Paintings Juried Exhibitions in Print, Juried by Charlotta Kotik, Brooklyn Museum
Silent Art Auction to benefit the RugMark Foundation, Odegard, Miami, Florida

2006 
Art Loves Design, Art Basel, Holly Hunt, Miami, Florida
Our Gang, Flomenhaft Gallery, New York, New York
The Continuum Gallery Continues, Futernick Art Gallery, Miami, Florida
Art Palm Beach 3, Palm Beach, Florida

2004 
Holiday Salon, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
FLOW: The Art Show, Oct. 7, 2004-January 6, 2005, entry titled “Man of War,” SunTrust Plaza Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
It’s for the Birds, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Florida
Legal Art: Books and Sculptures on the Theme of Law, silent auction, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Florida

2003 
Turning Pages: Celebrating South Florida Artist-Made Books, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, Florida

Travels to: 

Bienes Center for the Literary Arts, Broward County Main Library, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida,
Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection of Books as AestheticObjects, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

2002 
Recent Works of the Continuum Artists, Frances Wolfson Gallery, Miami Dade Community College, Miami, Florida
Second Annual Juried Living Room Show: Celebrating Art Basel, The Living Room, Miami, Florida

1996 
Birds, Center Gallery, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York

1995 
Small Works, Bianca Lanza Gallery, Miami Beach, Florida

1994 
Paintings After Nature, 6 Artists Miami-New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida

1993 
103rd Annual Exhibition of the National Association of Women Artists, Jacob Javits Center, New York, New York

Women’s Caucus for Art Invitational, Broward Community College, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1991 
53rd Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Paintings, The Society for the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida 

1990 
Florida Invitational, Gloria Luria Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida
52nd Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Paintings, The Society for the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida
Florida Artists, Gloria Luria Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida
Hortt Exhibition, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Nada, The Cuban Museum, Miami, Florida

1989 
Ceramics as Surface, Tavelli Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
The Way of the Woman Artist, Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, Florida

1988 
99th Annual Exhibition of the National Association of Women Artists, Jacob Javits Center, New York, New York
Thomas Center Biennial, Thomas Center Gallery, Gainesville, Florida
The Capitol Gallery Exhibition, Capitol Gallery, Tallahassee, Florida

1987 
49th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Paintings, The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida
98th Annual Exhibition of the National Association of Women Artists, Jacob Javits Center, New York, New York
Biennial Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum, Coral Gables, Florida

1986 
Works on Paper National Exhibition, University Gallery, University of Texas, Tyler, Texas
Hortt Exhibition, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Women’s History, Gallery at 24, Bay Harbor Islands, FL
Thomas Center Biennial, Thomas Center Gallery, Gainesville, Florida

1984 
A Century of Women’s Achievements, Women’s Pavilion, Louisiana World’s Fair, New Orleans, Louisiana
Women’s Caucus for Art Travels, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
46th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Paintings, The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida

PUBLICATIONS:

Mira Lehr: Arc of Nature. Essays by Eleanor Heartney, Thom Collins and Irving Sandler, publish date May 2015. Hard Press Editions and Hudson Hills Press
Woman and Tree: A Tanglewood Story, 2010
Barter, Judith. American Modernism at the Art Institute of Chicago. Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut 2009
Cover Image: Poets on the Psalms ,Trinity University Press, 2008
Miami Contemporary Artists, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen,Pennsylvania 2007
Featured Artist, New American Paintings, The Open Studio Press, New York, NY 2007

EDUCATION

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, B.A. Art History
The Boston Museum School, Massachusetts, Postgraduate work
Robert Motherwell, painting
Nieves and James Billmyer, annual workshops
Roberto Juarez selected workshops

PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Fairchild Botanical Gardens, Science Village, Miami, FL
National YoungArts Foundation installation, Miami, Florida
Miami Art Museum Permanent CollectionAmerican Embassy, Mexico City, Mexico
CYBEX International
The American Embassy, Sofia, Bulgaria
Ritz Carlton, Marina del Rey, CA
Sloan Kettering Memorial Permanent Collection, New York, New York
GenSpring Family Offices
Seaside Banks, Florida
Stichting Yellow-Fellow. Woudrichem, The Netherlands
Vassar College Library, Archives & Special Collections, Poughkeepsie, NY
Art Enterprises, Inc., Chicago, Illinois
The Art Museum, Florida International University, President’s Home, Miami, Florida
Bacardi Collection, Miami, Florida
Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York
Barnes /Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri
Inter Terra Corporation, Miami, Florida
Kislak National Bank, Miami Lakes, Florida
Proskauer, Rose, Goetz & Mendelsohn, New York, New York
SunTrust Banks, Florida
Tyler Museum of Art, University of Texas, Tyler, Texas

SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Khalid Alturki, Dharan, Saudi Arabia
Martin Margulies, Miami, FL
Lin Arison, Herzliya, Israel
Leonard Lauder, New York, NY
Armando Codina, Miami, FL
Elie + Marion Weisel, New York, NY
Bruce Weber + Nan Bush, New York, NY
Mary + Howard Frank, Southampton, NY
Barton + Jane Shallat, New York, NY
Madeleine Conway, Miami Beach, FL
William Bernhard, New York, NY


SELECTED RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS AND HONORS

2016
CITYarts Auction, Making a Difference Through The Arts, work sold
The Vizcaya Museum Lost Spaces Commission for 2016
 
2015
Art Basel: Artist Studio Visits presents Mira Lehr Projects, Downtown Art House, Miami, FL
Windows, a large-scale painting, was included at the American Embassy in Mexico City and is now going to be included in the permanent collection at the American Embassy in Washington D.C.
Spring Awakening II, a work with resin, will be included in the Evelyn Lauder Breast Cancer Center of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital
Interview with Alice Momm, New York Curator
Launch of "Arc of Nature", the monograph of Mira Lehr and closing reception of "Arc of Nature II", Flomenhaft Gallery, New York, NY
 
2014
Art Basel: Artist Studio Visits presents Mira Lehr Projects, Downtown Art House, Miami, FL

2012 
Florida Grand Opera, painting selected for the 2012/13 season program cover
Window Installation, Boca Raton Museum of Art, 61st Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition, Boca Raton, FL

2011
Nominated for inclusion in The American Academy Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Acquisition Trust, artist talk, Orlando, FL, November 10, 2011
Young/Arts Auction, Mira Lehr, Paul Jenkins, James Rosenquist, Kiki Smith, Tacita Dean and Hunt Slonem, Hunt Slonem Studio Loft, New York, NY November 9, 2011
ArtMiami.tv, Interview, October 23, 2011

2010 Artist in Residence, Bascom: Center for the Visual Arts, Highlands, NC

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS
2016
Artist Talk, Boca Museum Collectors Council, Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL
Presentation, Temple Beth Sholom, Miami Beach, FL

2015
Artist Talk, Boca Raton Museum of Art Docents, Boca Raton, FL
 
2012
V1-V3 Collaborative piece, lecture/presentation, New Museum, New York, NY

2011
Art Wynwood, TV interview and presentation, Miami, FL Acquisition Trust, Artist Talk, Winter Park, FL

2010
Artist Talk, Bascom: Center for the Visual Arts, Highlands, NC

2006

Bass Museum of Art, Lecture: Paintings Becoming TapestriesArt Street, TV interview on WLRN, Miami, FL

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Turner, Elisa, "Mira Lehr: Navigating Subtropical Florida's Vast Arc of Nature", Hamptons Art Hub, May 18, 2015
Collins, Thom; Heartney, Eleanor; Sandler, Irving, "Arc of Nature", Hudson Hills Press and Hard Press Editions, 2015
Tschida, Anne, Delicate art of our fragile oceans: Knight Arts, October 25, 2013Price, Mark S., MIAMI - Mira Lehr, Kelly Roy Gallery, Sculpture, October 2012 p. 74
Sperber, Irene, Mira Lehr: 209 Ignition, ARTDISTRICTS, December 2011- January 2012 p. 62
Tschida, Ann Taking it to the Streets Miami Herald. November 15, 2011 p. 3N
Turner , Elisa Critic’s Pick, Art Circuits. November, 2011
Tschida, Ann, Exploding the Image in a Sophisticated Manner: Knight Arts, November 4, 2011
Tuite, Rebecca C. Vassar Style: Fashion, Feminism and 1950s American Media, 2011 (includes an interview with the artist about her personal style and philosophy)
Grovier, Kelly. “Gums and Gothic” Times Literary Supplement. November 5, 2010, p. 9 
Smoky Mountain News. “Bold art featured in ‘Fire and Heat by Three’”, At the Bascom Visual Arts Center. September 8, 2010.
ARTnews “Salon 2009”, Summer 2009, p. 129
Mira Lehr Oral History Interview Conducted by Irving Sandler, For the archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C, December 6 & 7, 2007
Mira Lehr Oral History Interview Conducted by Irving Sandler, For the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, California, December 6 & 7, 2007
ARTNews“Jungle of Mystics”, September 2007, p. 53
Art in America “Dreamscapes” September 2007, p. 66
Cantor, Melissa, “A Painter’s Eye” Miami Herald: Home & Design, September 2007, p. 53
Cohen, David, “Art Starts on September 6,” The New York Sun , August 31, 2007, p. 1
New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition-in-Print, Vol. 70. 2007. The Open Studios Press, Boston, MA.
Davidow, Jullie and Clemence, Paul, Contemporary Miami Artists, Schiffer Publishing, 2007
Henry, Saxon, “Art Basel Miami: So Many Affairs, So Little Time,” Art Info Magazine, December 12, 2006
Casa Mia Décor, Dessie’ Magazine, November 2006, Milan, Italy, p 24-25
Florida International Magazine, All About Art, FIM Florida Artists Hall of Fame,” November 2006 Vol. 09.11 p 104
Culture and Travel, September/October 2006, Volume 1, Number 1, p. 14
The New York Times Magazine, September 24, 2006/ Section 6, Art and Culture p. 4 & 5
Turner, Elisa, “Bass unfurls a thoroughly modern exhibit of tapestries,” The Miami Herald, September 24, 2006, Tropical Life
Russell, Candice, “Rugs and Paintings,” Ft Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, September 2, 2006, Lifestyle section
Curtiss, Courtney Powers, “Mira Lehr Visual Imprints” Florida Design’s Miami Home & Décor, Spring/Summer 2006 p.179-186
Jaffe, Tali, InsideOut, Magazine, “An Artist’s Retreat,” May 2006 p.120-125 
Art In America, “Jersey” and “Sea,” May 2006 p. 90, 97 
Colon, Yahnilet, “Woman’s Art Shines for Decades”, The Miami Herald, May 11, 2006 p.8
Stieglitz, Sheila, “The Continuum continues with art exhibition at JCC,” Palmetto Bay News, May 2-8, 2006 p.2
Turner, Elisa, “Critic’s Pick,” Miami Herald, May 5, 2006, weekend section p.32
“The AI Eye: Editor’s Picks of Art for Sale,” Photo Gallery, April 12, 2006, p.2
Russell, Candice, “Abstract artist seeks ‘spiritual landscape’,” Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, April 8, 2006 p. C1
“Mira Lehr, l’ultima collezione,” Home, April 2006, p. 17
“Enchanted April, Market Scout,” Elements of Living, April 2006, p.33
Henry, Saxon, “Designs on Life,” Distinction Magazine, New York, April 2006, p.167
Henry, Saxon, “Mira Lehr,” Home& Design, The Miami Herald, March 2006, p.26
Pritchett, Kathryn Loosli, “Things Elemental”, Contra Costa Times, February 11, 2006 
Catalogue- Nieves Billmyer. Woudrichem Towers Exhibition. From The Jan Verhoeven Collection. 28 May-June 2005, pp 19-21. 
Cullum, Jerry, “Wonders in a Wet World,” AccessAtlanta, November 4, 200,4 p. 20
“Making an Intercontinental Connection,” Florida Design, Vol. 14, No. ,3 p. 283
Russell, Candice, “The Flap About Birds,” The Sun Sentinel, July 18, 2004
It’s for the Birds: A Group Invitational Traveling Exhibition, catalogue, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, 2004.
Florida Design,”Mira Lehr: Visual Imprints -- Earthly and Botanical, the Artist’s Paintings Blur the Line Between the Figurative and the Abstract,” Courtney Curtiss, December, 2003
Russell, Candice, “Mira Lehr,” City Link, April 2-8, 2003, p 74
Turner, Elisa, “Gallery Review,” The Miami Herald, March 30, 2003, p.10 m
Visual Art, “Art Beat,” The Miami Herald, March 23, 2003 p. 3 m 
Llanes, Miguel S., “La residencia del presidente de FIU,” el Nuevo Herald, April 13, 2002, p. 1E, illus. p. 1E 
Turner, Elisa, “Art at Work: Fine Art Enlivening Corporate Settings,” The Miami Herald, May 23, 2000, pp. 1-2E, illus. p. 2E
Kiley, Dan, The Complete Works of America’s Landscape Architect, Bulfinch Press, Little Brown and Company, 1999, pp. 154-157
Tommaney, Jim, “New Work by Mira Lehr at Continuum Gallery,” Entertainment News and Views, July 4-10, 1997, p. 3
Turner, Elisa, “Mira Lehr’s Water World Reflects Beauty, Despair,” The Miami Herald, June 20, 1997, p. 9L
Guy Cooper and Gordon Taylor, Paradise Transformed: The Private Garden for the Twenty-first Century, Monacelli Press, 1996, pp.128-129
Kohen, Helen, “Go Figure,” The Miami Herald, March 31, 1995, p. 14G
Review, “Juarez Curates COCA Show,” Wire, December 8, 1994, p. 10
Delaplaine, Andrew, “The Myriad Colors of Mira Lehr,” YES Magazine, cover story, Vol. 1, No. 4, August 5, 1994, pp. 8-11
Kohen, Helen, “Lehr at Continuum,” The Miami Herald, May 13, 1994
Turner, Elisa, “Lehr’s Paintings Tantalize the Eye,” The Miami Herald, September 12, 1991, p.5F
Review, “Night Paintings by Mira Lehr,” Wire, September 11, 1991, pp. 20-21
Blanc, Giulio V., “Bombs and Oranges,” Arts Magazine, November 1990, p. 78 
Who’s Who in American Art 1991-1992, 19th Edition, R. R. Bowker, div. Reed Publishing Co., 1990, p. 657
The Best in The World, “An Impulse Towards Figuration,” Curtis Publishing, Paris, France, Sept/Oct/Nov 1990, p. 109
Simmons, Ann, “Artists Find Creative Niche on Lincoln Road,” The Miami Herald, May 18, 1989, p. 18C
Kohen, Helen, “Outstanding Show at Four Arts,” The Miami Herald, December 4, 1987, p.8D
Lacher, Irene, “Here Women Make Art Their Business,” The Miami Herald, May 14, 1987
Burg, Monika, “Eureka Exhibition,” The Arts Newsletter, January 1986
Kohen, Helen, “Women’s Group Show Lives Up to Fine Setting,” The Miami Herald September 8, 1985, p. 2K
Review, “Women in the Mainstream 1884-1984,” Louisiana World Exposition, Inc. May 1984, Kohen, Helen, “Water, Water Everywhere at New Orleans’ Fair – Lehr’s a Winner,” The Miami Herald, April 5, 1984, p. 27
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