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BERT LEVEILLE BIO

Who would have guessed that a passion for finding images in clouds as a child would develop into a lifelong art journey? leveille received her BA from Elmhurst College, where she discovered that she was not meant to be an actress, but an artist. Her love of the smell of greasepaint, and stage environments were telltale signs of leveille’s journey into art and art installations.

bert leveille, a contemporary artist, has created several art installations exploring an “alternative” world of consciousness. Among collaborations with musicians and performers, Shawn Coyle’s dancers played with her 3-D creatures and danced thru her 15-foot art tunnel. Large-scale paintings completed the stage’s transformation into this alternate world and provided the inspiration for Coyle’s choreographed dance, “Tunnel”. leveille's installations include: “in to the ellipse” in a small vault which heightened the experience of entering the ellipse; “Connecting” with leveille's animated video “in to the ellipse” with music by cellmod; “Exploring Relationships” again using music by cellmod in collaboration with Angela Swan on Sept 11, 2015 (which evolved into a moving tribute to 911); “the END is the beginning” transformed the gallery with video and changing colored light highlighting black and white imagery; “Listen to colour” — an installation in a large vault including video and ocean sound giving one the experience of being on a colour cruise ship deck.

leveille’s extensive list of solo exhibits and juried group art exhibits includes the legendary Chicago Show (her artwork was chosen to be used on a poster by Continental Bank, Chicago Show sponsor). Her art is published in exhibit catalogs of Koehnline Museum of Art, Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art, and Chicago Art 0pen. She was nominated for the Margaret Hillis Award for the Arts, and awarded by the Elgin Cultural Commission. Her painting was the first student artwork to be purchased by Elmhurst College and is now part of an extensive collection. Her work is on permanent display at Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts and Elgin Community College.

leveille, an accomplished designer, uses her computer skills to explore her art with digital media — digital painting and animating. She also uses her design skills to create exhibit logos, support materials and catalogs for art organizations.

leveille resides in McHenry County and has a studio at Starline in Harvard, IL. As an exhibiting member of E-artgroup, leveille plays an active role in show development and guest artist selections. leveille is a board member, on the exhibit committee and graphic designer of Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art; a past commissioner on the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission; a past board member of Contemporary Center for the Arts of Arlington; and a past board member of Bubotto.

bert leveille art exhibits with links to videos can be seen at www.bertleveille.com


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