Aleya Lehmann Bench
New York, NY, USA
Aleya Lehmann Bench has lived and worked in New York City since 1983, after completing an MFA in Painting with Honors from American University in Washington, DC (1981-1983), and a BFA in Painting from Boston University (1975-1979). Her awards include three residencies at the MacDowell Colony, 1985, 1987 and 1992; a Penny McCall Grant in 1989; and an Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) fellowship at the Bronx Museum in 1992-1993.
The most important exhibitions she has participated in, as a painter, include: Wheel of Fortune, Lombard Freid Fine Arts, NYC, Curator Amy Lipton, group show, Dec. 6 - Jan. 6, 1996; In Three Dimensions: Women Sculptors of the '90s; Part I: Issues of Gender, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, NYC, group show, Curator, Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein, July 9 - Sept. 17, 1995; For Appearance Sake, Horodner Romley Gallery, NYC, group show, Curator, Saul Ostrow, Sept. 9 - Oct. 1, 1994; Huma Bhaba, Aleya Saad, Randy Wray, Lauren Wittels Gallery, NYC, group show, Apr. 15 - May 8, 1994; Transient Decor, Roger Smith Hotel, NYC, group show, Curator, Saul Ostrow, May 12 - May 26, 1993; Songs of Retribution, Richard Anderson Gallery, NYC, group show, Curator, Nancy Spero, Jan. 15 - Feb. 11, 1993; and Brooklyn '85, Brooklyn Museum, NYC, group show, Jan. 20 - Mar. 4, 1985, among others.
About 10 years ago, Lehmann Bench turned from painting to photography, initially working with medium- and large-format film cameras, producing black-and-white imagery; and during the past year, she has transitioned to a medium-format digital camera and to producing color imagery. Lehmann Bench has only very recently started to show her photographs.