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Lea Bult






For the past few years I have been consulting with the Human




Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan and use this resource




to inform my work. While attention is finally being paid to victims of




international trafficking, their exploited American counterparts are




often criminalized for their victimization. Working with the clinic was




a galvanizing force in my life, and has emboldened me to utilize my




creative ability to visually depict the scenarios I encountered.





Children in the sex trade make up a substantial percentage of




human trafficking victims. They exist in America, just as they do in




other countries, and they can often be found in our own




communities. Even more unsettling is the fact that these children




are often incarcerated on charges for prostitution, and the johns




and pimps who exploit them encounter little consequence. I am




particularly frustrated by this aspect of the prison industrial




complex, and am motivated to make work about it.





I draw much of my inspiration from graphic novels and illustration. I




am interested in how these mediums are usually classified as falling




outside the boundary of fine art. On the contrary, I feel that there is




a place for such work within this establishment. By removing the




drawing aesthetic from its original context, and expanding it to a




larger scale, I invite the viewer to consider the capacity of




illustrative work. 












2012 University of Michigan School of Art and Design


2005 Kendall College of Art and Design


MFA in Painting


BFA in Photography






2015 Adjunct Faculty - Albion College; Albion, MI


Creative Process: 2D


2014 (Spring Term) Studio Mentor and Artist in Residence - Albion College; Albion, MI


2012 - present Adjunct Faculty – Washtenaw Community College, Ypsilanti, MI


Intro to Oil Painting


Intro to Acrylic Painting


2012 - 2014 Instructor -Ann Arbor Art Center; Ann Arbor, MI


2012 Workshop Instructor – University of Michigan Museum of Art


2009 - 2012 Graduate Student Instructor- University of Michigan School of Art and Design


Foundation Drawing


Intro to Figure Drawing


Drawing and Painting in Plein Air


Intro to Collage and Abstract Painting


Portrait Drawing


Drawing from the Collection


Art and Design Perspectives: Society


Art and Design Perspectives: The Creators


2010 - 2011 Graduate Student Instructor University of Michigan School of Art and Design


BFA Thesis: Integrative Process


2010 Workshop Instructor- The Greatmore Studios; Cape Town, South Africa


2005 Instructor and Counselor - Interlochen Center for the Arts; Interlochen, MI






2014 The Northwest Ohio Community Art Exhibition (Juror)


Bowling Green State University; Bowling Green, OH


2013 - 2015 Director of Exhibitions - Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI


2009 - 2014 Curator and Collaborator - Gallery Project ; Ann Arbor / Detroit


2011 Guest Curator -Work Gallery; Detroit, MI


Curator for the exhibit, Altered Ground, which featured 15 national artists.




2014 Out of Sight - Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, Albion College, Albion, MI


2012 Urban Vessels: MFAThesis Exhibition - Slusser Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI






2014 Unseen - Eastern Market; Detroit, MI


2013 8


Temp - Ypsilanti Art Incubator, Ypsilanti, MI


th Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition, Bridgeport Art Center; Chicago, IL


Drones - Cornerstone Pointe in the Eastern Market; Detroit, MI


2012 Clandestine - Work Gallery; Detroit, MI


Annual All Media Juried Exhibition - Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI




Place Award




2011 Image as Metaphor Juried Exhibition - Riverside Gallery. Ypsilanti, MI


Best in Show Award


Annual Human Rights Art Exhibition - South Texas College Art Gallery; McAllen, TX


2010 Think Small Juried Exhibition - Lawrence Street Gallery; Detroit, MI


Best in Show Award


State of the Union - First Fridays. Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art; 


Chicago, IL (Interactive performance piece involving several artists)


Aganza, Across the Continents - Greatmore Studios; Cape Town, South Africa


Thupelo 2010- Interventions Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa


(Collaborative project with Thupelo artists and Cape Flats residents)


2009 Annual Student Juried Exhibition Slusser Gallery; Ann Arbor, MI


Richardson Award


Ann Arbor Artists Juried Exhibition - University of Michigan League


Best in Show Award


2008 Forth from its Hinges - 3660 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor, MI


2005 Wee - Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Grand Rapids, MI


2003 Strength of a Community, Women Make a Difference


2002 Undergraduate Exhibition


2000 National Portfolio Day Exhibition - Kendall Gallery; Grand Rapids, MI


Second Place Award


(Fundraiser for Girl Scouts of America)


Kendall College of Art and Design; Grand Rapids, MI


People’s Choice Award


Michigan State University Museum of Art; East Lansing, MI


Foundation Recognition Award


Key Award – Portfolio






2014 Leon Levy Foundation Grant - New York, NY


Ann Arbor Awesome Grant - Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences


Phillip C. Curtis Fellowship - Albion College; Albion,MI


2011 Rackham Reseach Grant - University of Michigan


2010 Smucker-Wagstaff Grant - School of Art and Design, University of Michigan


International Research Grant - School of Art and Design, University of




2009 Richardson Award - School of Art and Design, University of Michigan






2015 MacDowell Artist Colony - Peterborough, NH


2014 Phillip C. Curtis Residency - Albion College; Albion, MI


2010 Visiting Artist Residency - The Greatmore Studios; Cape Town, South Africa




2014 Out of Sight: Slavery in America Today


Spring Arbor University 2nd Annual Human Trafficking Conference


Out of Sight: Slavery in America Today


Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, Albion, MI


2011 Slavery In America Today: A Creative Interrogation


Stamps Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


2010 Creative Interventions: Thupelo 2010 - Cape Town


Guest Speaker Series, Ann Arbor Civic Center






 2015 Sculpture Magazine In the Shadows 3 March 2015


2014 Sentinel Tribune BGSU Exhibit Honors Late Blooming Artist


2013 MLive Art Review: Ann Arbor Art Center Annual Exhibition blends 1 July 2014


Albion Pleiad Artist in Residence Explores Human Trafficking in U.S. 17 February 2014


established artists with new talent. 10 November




2011 Detroit News From Ruin to Beauty, Thursday, 10 February 2011


2010 Gallery Project Exhibit Examines What's Faux Real


2009 Arts Lounge Change: Art Exhibition at Gallery Project 10 August 2010


People’s Post, Cape Town On Show, 10 July 2010 24 January 2009

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