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Leonard Lenoard Urso

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Rochester Institute of Technology

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Rochester Institute of Technology

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Rochester, New York, 14623

United States

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Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls 18,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities ...more

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In the News - Robert Mondavi Winery

The 7-foot tall, 3,000-pound sculpture, created by artist Len Urso, was installed in front of the winery and presented as a gift from chairman Richard Sands to Margrit Mondavi in honor of her late husband.
Artist Len Urso's Copper Sculpture of Robert Mondavi Len Urso, an artist and professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, was commissioned to create the sculpture last year. Richard, Margrit and Len all agreed they wanted the piece to capture Mr. Mondavi's unique spirit and strength of character. An evolutionary idea brought to life by three artists, Len, Margrit and Richard, the installation highlights the continuing legacy of celebrating art and culture at Robert Mondavi Winery. "That Margrit can relate to this form in a personal way is very important," noted Urso. Born in 1953, Len Urso holds an endowed chair as the Ann Mowris Mulligan Distinguished Professor in the School of American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology. His work is exhibited nationally and internationally in museums as well as private and corporate collections. "I've always loved Len's work and artistic talent," said Richard Sands - an artist in his own right as a woodworking sculptor.


Palm Beach Art & Design (Palm Beach Fine Crafts Show) | The Rickie Report

SATURDAY 3PM "Jewelry, a Sculptural Form" - Professor Leonard Urso, Rochester Institute of Technology.
In addition to being an accomplished artist, Urso holds an endowed chair as the Ann Mowris Mulligan Distinguished Professor at RIT. The lecture will address the artist's [Leonard Urso] relationship with sculptural forms both large scale and small. In addition the sculptural forms of prominent contemporary jewelers will be presented as visual evidence in support of this innovative art form.


Slow Germination,Sudden Blossoming | American Craft Council

Among them was Leonard Urso, a friend of a friend, and a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology's School for American Crafts.
She included Leonard's jewelry in a 2001 show, and the two met at the opening. Their friendship blossomed into marriage, which brought her to Rochester. After moving into the house they chose together, on a wooded lot at the edge of the city, Urso took a year to decompress and take care of herself, her new husband, their dog, and two cats. "Never before did I have time to have a relationship with animals," she says. "My heart became softened, and I had more space to think of life." She also had time - and the encouragement of Leonard and her younger sister, Mindy Myunghee Jeon - to think about creating her own art. In 2007, she began studying jewelry-making with Faruk Kaiyum at the University of Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery. Having organized more than 50 exhibitions and curated the work of hundreds of artists, Urso feared she might inadvertently copy them. But what emerged was a distinctive fusion of East and West, of ancient and contemporary, that continues to surprise her and her admirers. "In Korea, we have to fit ourselves in the box. Everybody has to be similar," she says. But Urso says she'll stick with jewelry. Sculpture stays in one place, she notes, "but jewelry can go anywhere on the people who wear it." Other fans wonder whether success could cause her to shift from one-of-a-kind to production pieces. But Urso insists that won't happen.


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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 www.leonardurso.com 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 (leonardurso.com) 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.


Arts&Cultural Council for Greater Rochester

Leonard Urso
An innovative painter and sculptor, Leonard Urso has exhibited internationally, including recent solo and group exhibitions in East Hampton, New York; Frankfurt, Germany; and Seoul, Korea. His work can be found in a broad range of public and private collections nationally, including Federal Express, Humana, Bausch & Lomb, The New York Times, the University of Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Art Institute of Chicago. "Acknowledging the full history of human existence has helped to shape my vision as a contemporary person," says Urso. "My role as an artist is to capture human activity as it takes place in the moment, intimately revealing humanities most intrinsic qualities. Art serves as a primal human language, a language that seamlessly transverses cultural divides. Another World brings Rochester audiences examples of Urso's most recent body of work, exhibited last spring at SOMA Drawing Center and Gallery Royal in Seoul, Korea. Urso's studio is located in Rochester, New York. To learn more about the artist, visit www.leonardurso.com. Arts & Cultural Council website banner image Eden (Detail), Leonard Urso


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