Leah Tomaino of Randolph, a professional artist and adjunct professor at County College of Morris (CCM), recently won two awards from the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) for her artwork on paper titled Climbing Mt. Rainier. Her piece, featured at the 123rd NAWA Annual Exhibition in New York City, won the NAWA Medal of Honor and the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation Award for Works on Paper. The NAWA Medal of Honor is the highest award given at the yearly exhibition.
This year’s exhibition is being held at The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery through September 29. The gallery is located at 417 Lafayette Street, Fourth Floor, in New York City. A public reception will be held on Friday, September 21, where visitors can meet the artists and purchase their works.
Founded in 1889, NAWA supports and promotes female artists through exhibitions, events and lectures. During its annual exhibition, NAWA presents $10,000 in prizes and awards to recognize outstanding achievement in the visual arts. In addition to this annual event, NAWA also hosts traveling exhibitions in art centers, galleries, museums and at international events.
In her collage piece Climbing Mt. Rainier, Tomaino took recycled bags and transformed them into a bright mountainous landscape. The piece was also mentioned in Gallery&Studio’s September/October issue covering NAWA’s exhibition.
Tomaino has previously used recycled material in her art, most recently in creating LeahBras for Bloomingdales in support of breast cancer awareness. Tomaino frequently uses recycled materials bags in her artwork, as a way to create a “surreal reminder of the peaceful, centered energy of the miraculous, natural living world which surrounds us.”
Tomaino teaches two- and three-dimensional design classes at CCM. She also teaches at Randolph’s Artworks Studio. She studied abroad at the Studio Art School of the Aegean, in Samos, Greece. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union, NY, and her M.A. from William Paterson University. For more information about Tomaino and her artwork, visit www.leahktomaino.com