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Leesa Streifler is a Canadian artist based in Regina, Saskatchewan and a Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina where she teaches painting and drawing in the undergraduate and graduate programs.  She received her B.F.A. Honours from the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada) in 1980 and her M.F.A. from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1983. Before moving to Regina, Streifler was a practicing artist in New York, where she lived from 1980-86.  


An established artist, her practice is focused on painting, drawing and photography combined with drawing and text. She is known for her feminist work investigating the female body as an expressive site of cultural affect. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and she has received significant support in the form of grants and awards. Her work is in numerous public collections including the National Gallery of Canada.


  • MFA (Hunter College of the City University, New York) 1983

  • BFA Hon (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB) 1980



  • Upcoming 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.


Conference presentations

  • 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


  • 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.

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