Leesa Streifler

Visual Arts Department

Office: RC 244
E-mail: leesa.streifler@uregina.ca
Phone: 306-585-5529
Website: https://www.leesastreifler.com/

Research interests

Two Dimensional Representation; Painting and Drawing techniques and methodologies; Figuration and Expressionism, Anatomy, Contemporary Art and Feminist practice; The Body with respect to self-image, agency, and marginalization; Mothering; Women and Aging; Life Stages; Grieving and Loss; Interspecies Communication.

Leesa Streifler has been a faculty member in the Visual Arts Department since 1986. She teaches painting and drawing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her studio practice in the areas of painting, drawing, text and digital imaging, explores subjectivity and feminist interpretations of contemporary experience including: identity, body image, aging, illness, mothering practice and family relationships.

Professor Streifler’s work is in numerous public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank and The National Gallery of Canada. She is represented by THE GALLERY/Art Placement, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her research, including a designation in 2014 as a University of Regina Humanities Institute Scholar, and a  University of Regina Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1993.


  • MFA (Hunter College of the City University, New York) 1983
  • BFA Honors (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB) 1980


  • 2017  The GALLERY/Art Placement, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Dec. 2 – 30
  • 2016  solo  exhibition: Leesa Streifler: Drawing the Photograph. Christine Klassen Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
  • 2016  Saskatchewan 2016: a pop up exhibition in Scottsdale, Arizona. Curated by Belinda Harrow
  • 2016  Conversations in Paint, three person show at The GALLERY/Art Placement, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • 2014–2016  Surreal Saskatchewan, 2 works in traveling exhibition to 16 venues in the province of Saskatchewan, curated by Belinda Harrow for the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC)
  • Solo exhibition at Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, April 2015.
  • Embodied, solo exhibition at Estevan Art Gallery and Museum, March 14-April 25 2014, Estevan, Saskatchewan.
  • Contested Bodies, 2 person exhibition, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Center for Women’s Studies, University of Toronto, March, 2013 (publication).
  • They Made a Day be a Day Here, group exhibition, The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie (summer 2013) The Mendel Art Gallery (fall, 2013), Gallery 111, University of Manitoba, (spring, 2014) curated by Amy Fung; (publication).
  • Winter 2013. The Synthetic Age, faculty exhibition, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, curated by Jeff Nye.
  • Spring 2012. In Relation, solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Regina, curated by Karen Schoonover, (publication)
  • Jan. 2010. WKP Kennedy Gallery, North Bay Ontario with London-based artist, Jewel Goodwyn, curated by Dermot Wilson.
  • Spring 2008. Pandora’s Box (curated by Amanda Cachia; publication) Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina. Toured to five Canadian venues in 2009-10.
  • Dec. 2006-April 2007. Persona: From the Collection, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, National Gallery, Canada, Ottawa; publication; toured in 2009-10.


  • 2014  Hospitalfield Arts, International Residency, Arbroath, Scotland, November 19 – 30.
  • 2001  Open Studio Artist in Residence, , Toronto, Canada, January – March.
  • 1993  St. Peter’s Monastery, Artist’s Residency, St. Benedict, Saskatchewan, Canada, May.
  • 1992  Leighton Colony, The Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Sept. – Dec. 


  • 2014   Lecture & Studio Critiques, The Female Body and Social Critique, Fine Art at Coventry Talks Series, Coventry University, Coventry, England
  • 2014  Panelist, Animal Subjects: an artist’s representation of animals, University Art Association of Canada (UAAC) OCADUniversity, Toronto, panel: Animals and Art, chaired by Dr. Erin Campbell
  • 2014  Panelist, Working Mom” Elsie Scherle Gallery, Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan.
  • 2013  Panelist, “Unbeautiful,” presented at panel, Perfect Imperfections, University Art Association of Canada (UAAC) conference, The Banff Center, chaired by Mary Reid
  • 2013  Panelist, Art Gallery of Grande Prairie. They Made a Day Be a Day Here.
  • 2013  Panelist, University Art Teaching in the 21st Century, OCAD University, Toronto, chaired by Pam Patterson 
  • 2012  Co-chair, Studio Pedagogy: Defining Art Education in the 21st Century, University Art Association of Canada conference, Montreal
  • 2013 Featured Presenter, Symposium: Perspectives for Contemporary Art and Design Education mini-symposium sponsored with WIAprojects (CWSE, OISE/University of Toronto), Faculty of Art, OCAD University, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto, March 2013
  • 2013 Lecture, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Women’s Studies and Visual Arts Dept.
  • 2012 Co-chair, Studio Pedagogy: Defining Art Education in the 21st Century, University Art Association of Canada conference, Montreal
  • 2012 Lecture, In Relation, Art Gallery of Regina, Regina, SK
  • 2011 Panelist, Mothering conference, Mothering Institute for Research and Community Involvement, Toronto
  • 2011 Lecture, Body Image conference, Mount St. Vincent university, Halifax, Nova Scotia


  • Harrow, Belinda. Surreal Saskatchewan, exhibition catalogue essay, touring exhibition, 2014.
  • King, Alex. Embodied: Leesa Streifler, exhibition catalogue essay, Estevan Art Gallery and Museum, Estevan, Saskatchewan, 2014.
  • Fung, Amy. They Made a Day Be a Day Here, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Mendel Art Gallery, University of Manitoba School of Art Gallery, 2013.
  • Patterson, Pam. WIA Projects, Contested Bodies, exhibition catalogue, 2013.
  • Collins, Curtis. Prairie Postmodern: Leesa Streifler, Season 1, 2012, Access 7 Communications, Regina, SK
  • Collins, Curtis. DAG Volumes: No. 1 (2012) image p. 208.
  • Boss, Michael. Rhubarb Magazine, spring, 2012, Issue no. 29, Winnipeg. Images on pp 14, 20 & 27.
  • Garneau, David. “Pandora’s Box”, Border Crossings, issue No. 107, Volume 27, Number 3, p 190-93, September, 2008.
  • Sandals, Leah. “The Original Outside-The-Box Thinker”, National Post,  B6, July 30, 2008.
  • Cachia, Amanda. “Pandora’s Box”, exhibition catalogue, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, 2008.
  • Borsa, Joan. “Introduction”, Pandora’s Box “, exhibition catalogue, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, 2008.


2014                     Humanities Institute Research Fellowship, University of Regina ($4,837.)

2013                     Saskatchewan Arts Board, Creative Grant in Visual Arts ($15,000.)

2009                     Humanities Research Institute, U of R, Subvention Award ($1,000)

2008                     Saskatchewan Arts Board Creative, Individual Artist Grant ($15,769.)

2008                     Faculty of Fine Arts Research Award ($2,000.)

2008                     Saskatchewan Arts Board Project Grant for Mothering Canada: Interdisciplinary Voices ($5,000.)

2007                     President’s/ SSHRC Research Fund (one of 3 investigators) ($4,282.)

2007                     President’s/ SSHRC Research Fund ($4, 500.)

2007                     President’s Research Fund, University of Regina ($4,949.)

2007                     Humanities Research Institute, University of Regina ($500.)

2003                     Humanities Research Institute Research Award, University of Regina ($1,000.)

2003                     Dean of Fine Arts Research Award, University of Regina ($1,000.)

2003                     Saskatchewan Arts Board Creative A Grant ($18, 273.)

2001                     Residency, Open Studio, Toronto ($4,000.)

2000                     Saskatchewan Arts Board Creative B Grant ($12,000.)

1998                     President's Publication Fund, University of Regina ($1,000.)

1998                     Canada Council Mid Career Grant in Photography ($14,000.)

1998                     Canada Council Travel Grant ($1,000.)

1998                     Saskatchewan Arts Board Travel Grant ($1,000.)

1997                     University of Regina Sabbatical Research Grant

1996                     Saskatchewan Arts Board Creative B Grant ($12,000.)

1993                     St. Peter's Abbey Artist Colony residency, Muenster, Saskatchewan

1992                     Saskatchewan Arts Board B Grant ($12,000.)

Community Involvement (selected):

  • 2016-2017  Board of Directors, Saskatchewan Arts Alliance
  • 2013–2015  Board Member, Canadian Artists Representation (Saskatchewan) CARFAC Sask