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Leonard Lenoard Urso

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Employment History


  • RFA
  • Master of Fine Arts degree
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Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, 17 April 2001 [cached]
Artists: RIT students under the direction of Leonard Urso
The artists will be selected from a competition for RIT students, facilitated by sculptor Leonard Urso, and based on their creative approach to city planning.
Merchants Area Neighborhood AssociationAward: $10,000
Art & Cultural Council News - CBC Recipents, 10 Jan 2001 [cached]
Artists : RIT students under the direction of Leonard UrsoLocation : Bus stops on Gibbs Street and Windsor Street
The artists will be selected from a competition for RIT students , facilitated by sculptor Leonard Urso , and based on their creative approach to city planning.
Merchants Area Neighborhood AssociationAward : $ 10 , 000
Arts&Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, 10 July 2002 [cached]
Leonard Urso (Scottsville), Professor, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology. Leonard Urso is actively involved in creating large and small scale sculptures, paintings, and silver jewelry. His art is exhibited internationally in museums, corporate, and private collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, Memorial Art Gallery of Rochester, Shanghai University, Kanazawa University of Japan, The New York Times, Colgate University, Bausch & Lomb World Headquarters and The Washington Post. Leonard holds an endowed chair as the Ann Mowris Mulligan Distinguished Professor in the School of American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Art in the Grove, 4 May 2006 [cached]
Leonard Urso (the creator) holds a Master's Degree in Sculpture and is head of the metal department at R.I.T. The piece is hung from the wall at 13 Selden. In spite of its name, Leonard's understated figures have a decidedly cobra shape to them.
Rochester artists Myung and Leonard ... [cached]
Rochester artists Myung and Leonard Urso relax in their Brighton home with three of their five pets, Woori, Sunny and Bella. Annette Lein/ Staff photographer
Rochester artists Myung and Leonard Urso relax in their Brighton home with three of their five pets, Woori, Sunny and Bella.
Rochester artists Myung and Leonard Urso relax in their Brighton home with three of their five pets, Woori, Sunny and Bella. / Annette Lein/ Staff photographer
Leonard Urso's exhibit is at the Gallery at the Arts & Cultural Council until Feb. 28 at 277 No. Goodman St. For more information, go to
Leonard Urso
For as long as he can remember, Leonard Urso has been attracted to art. Growing up in Rome, Oneida County, where his father, Vito, worked as a muck farmer, he would spend his free time doodling and sketching.
"I think my fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Fisher, discovered me," Leonard Urso says. "She encouraged me."
Urso exhibits much of his childhood playfulness in his work today as a sculptor and painter. Urso, 58, has taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology for more than a quarter century and now holds the Ann Mowris Mulligan endowed chair in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.
"I'm very fortunate," Urso says of being able to both teach and sell his art.
While not a household name here, Urso is a rock star of sorts with the high-brow art crowd in South Korea. Over the past two decades, he has lectured at Hongik University, known internationally for its fine arts program, and exhibited his work at art galleries.
"It is my second home," Urso says of South Korea.
It is also where he met his soul mate, Myung, who eventually immigrated to the United States and Rochester to marry him.
Myung's image of Leonard when she initially met him in Korea in 2001 was one of a studious professor. "I thought he was very serious," she says.
So as a curator working on one of his shows, Myung exhibited her serious side as well. Academics hold high positions in Korean culture, so she wanted to pay him proper respect.
Long before he realized he was in love, Leonard had a deep respect for Myung as a person and as an art expert.
"I like the fact that she's a straight shooter," Leonard says. "She's very committed to contemporary art."
Leonard came back to Rochester, and they continued their mutual friendship. They corresponded by mail and by email, meeting up with each other in person while Leonard was in Korea or while Myung was in the United States.
They both felt the relationship had to move to the next level.
"For Myung, the move to Rochester was a big deal," Leonard says.
Today, the couple share a contemporary-style home in Brighton. The home that backs to evergreen space was a compromise. Leonard lived in Scottsville earlier in his life and preferred the rural setting.
"They are the most expensive non-pedigree dogs in Rochester," Leonard says.
A few miles away from the Ursos' home, Leonard works on his fine art at an industrial space by the Amtrak station on Central Avenue. With high ceilings and tall windows, the brightly lit studio serves as the perfect backdrop for Leonard's contemporary art.
Leonard's work ( is abstract with plays on words and colors. His current solo exhibit at the Arts & Cultural Council in Rochester shows his sculptural work with human body parts as his focus.
"The human body serves as a primary vehicle for my art," Leonard says. "Our bodies, hands and eyes serve us and, in doing so, symbolically help to shape my art forms."
Leonard says his scultural forms help reveal the evidence of human existence.
"I'm a storyteller," Leonard says.
"There was always a response viscerally before the head analyzed it," Linda Zarella says of Leonard Urso's art.
"I'm happy to live quietly within the art community here," Leonard says, noting Rochester heavy hitters such as Albert Paley and Wendell Castle.
Leonard is hoping to expand to new Asian markets, especially in China where there is an emerging art scene. He's looking at possibly Shanghai or Beijing and is trying to make art connections there. "The Asian mind gets my work," he says.
Coming full circle
Life often comes full circle, Leonard muses. His father, Vito, was very much the relaxed parent while his mother, Annette, was the ambitious go-getter, he recalls. So it is amusing that his own life mimicks his parents'. Myung is the disciplinarian of the household, as well as the promoter of their art, which allows him to be more of a free spirit.
At the opening for Leonard's current Arts & Cultural Council exhibit, Myung busily greeted guests and art patrons with Leonard, with as much gusto as her own exhibits and showings.
Myung says she appreciates Leonard's work on her shows, so she happily reciprocates.
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