LeBrie Rich has been exploring the visual possibilities and emotional resonance of felted wool since 2004. Her work has appeared internationally in a variety of settings, including museums, galleries, storefront windows, and art-vending machines. Venues that have shown her work include the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space in New York, NY; Portland Art Museum and Blackfish Gallery both in Portland, OR; and Albus Gallery in Fukuoka, Japan. She has been awarded artist residencies at the Rauschenberg Residency (2013/2015), Ucross Foundation (2018), and Kayamori House (2012) in the mountains outside of Nara, Japan.
Rich’s felt sculptures, collages, wearable fiber projects, and workshops for youth have been written about in the New York Times, Hand/Eye Magazine, Make, the Oregonian, and Portland Monthly.
SOLO SHOWS AND INSTALLATIONS, SELECTED
2018 Grocery, Wolff Gallery, Portland, OR.
2018 Collages from Captiva, Luke's Frame Shop, Portland, OR.
2017 Gift Shop, Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR (collaborative installation with Bill Will and Nathan Slusarenko).
2016 Collages and Mosaics, Pacific Pro Gallery, Astoria, OR.
2015 Inklings: Collages and Mosaics, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR.
2014 Doodles, Albus Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan (collaboration with Bill Will).
2013 Collage, Fresh Pot, Portland, OR.
2013 Felt Masterworks, Lion Brand Yarn Studio, New York, NY.
2012 Band-Aid and TV Boat: Collages, Luke's Frame Shop, Portland, OR.
2012 Less than 20% Felt, Alder 33 Gallerie & Workshopee, Portland, OR.
2011 Blank Slate, Nine Gallery, Portland, OR (collaborative installation with Bill Will).
2009 2009 - The Early Works, Nine Gallery, Portland, OR (collaborative two person show).
2007 New Economy, Nine Gallery, Portland, OR (collaborative installation with Bill Will).
JURIED & INVITATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITIONS, SELECTED
2017 Hold On Tight, invitational group show, Nine Gallery, Portland, OR.
2017 The Toy Show, juried group show, ANX Gallery, Portland, OR.
2017 Nasty Women, invitational group show, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR.
2013 Fruits of Captiva, invitational group show, Robert Rauschenberg Project Space, New York, NY.
2013 LeBrie Rich & Laurie Vail, 2 person show, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR.
2012 Postcards from the Edge, invitational group show, RiverSea Gallery, Astoria, OR.
2012 Art Piece, Design Festa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2011 Fiber Show, Re:Vision Gallery, Portland, OR.
2005 2 Year Anniversary Show, Backspace Gallery, Portland, OR
COMMISSIONS FOR TEMPORARY WORKS, SELECTED
2016 Duo, Portland, OR. Commission by the Little Free Gallery Project.
2013 Mouse, Portland, OR. 4' x 4' collage for window storefront.
2012 Yarn Party, Portland, OR. Window storefront design of felted sculpture.
2012 Bloat, Harold Schnitzer Center for Northwest Art, Portland Art Museum. Year-long installation of kinetic sculpture (with Bill Will).
2011 TV/Dinner, Portland, OR. Window storefront design of felted sculpture.
2011 Masterworks, Portland, OR. Window storefront design of 6 iconic works of art rendered in felt.
2008 - 2012 Thanksgiving, Portland, OR. Window storefront design of felted sculpture, added to and remixed each year.
2008 Spring Trees, Portland, OR and Salt Lake City, UT. Window storefront design of mixed-media sculpture.
PERMANENT COLLECTIONS & PUBLIC ARTWORKS
2012 Collected Stories, Salem, Oregon. Lobby sculpture for the Oregon State Hospital. The bronze mural is made out of hundreds of found objects presented to OSH mental patients. The patients selected and arranged the objects onto 12" x 12" panels, which are cast in bronze and organized into a 4 x 12 foot mural.
2012 Tile Interruptions, Salem, Oregon. 55 individual tile compositions installed throughout the treatment malls and wards of the Oregon State Hospital. These graphic bursts of color were designed by OSH patients and are installed in unexpected locations where patients see them every
King County Public Art Collections, WA (portable collection)
2018 Ucross Foundation Residency, Sheridan, Wyoming.
2015 Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva, Florida.
2013 Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva, Florida.
2012 Kayamori House Residency, Nara, Japan.
Emma Luthy, "Who Knew Jif Could Make Such Compelling Art?," Review, Portland Monthly - (Online Edition, September 12, 2018).
Rebecca Jacobson, "20 Can't-Miss Portland Shows in Fall 2018," Portland Monthly - (Published in the September, 2018 of Portland Monthly Magazine).
Zemula Barr, "Beyond Sustenance," HAND/EYE Magazine (Online Edition, June 6, 2018).
Jennifer Forker, "Felting Transforms Raw Material Into Art," Interview, The Associated Press - article ran in 10+ national and international newspapers. (November, 2011).
Sandra Salamony and Gina M. Brown, 1000 Artisan Textiles, (Quarry Books, 2010), 20, 21, 55, 69, 90, 93.
Jessica Machado, "This meal's calories are faux as well," Review, The Oregonian (November 27, 2008).
Linda Turner Griepentrog, "Heart-felt Ambitions", Artist Profile, Make it Mine Magazine (Spring 2008) 12-15.
Candie Cooper, Felted Jewelry: 20 Stylish Designs to Wear, (Lark Books, 2007), 44.
Melena Ryzik, "Where the Crafts Babes and D.I.Y. Dudes Are," Quote and Two Photos, The Sunday New York Times(June 24, 2007).
Adult workshop instructor in feltmaking and fiber arts at art studios, fiber festivals and colleges, 2007-present.
Teen/youth workshop instructor in feltmaking and other handcrafts at public libraries across Oregon, 2008-present.
"How to Sell on Etsy" online business development classes, 2008-2010.
OTHER RELATED EXPERIENCE
Designer and producer of a line of hand-made felted wearables and objects under the label PenFelt, 2004-2016.
Felt puppet creation and materials consultant (Independent Contractor), Bent Image Lab, 2015 & 2017.
Contributing Artist to Art-o-Mat art vending machines at various locations including Whitney Museum of American Art, 2006-2015.
Prototype creation and materials consultant (Independent Contractor), Nike, 2011 & 2013.
Feltmaking Demonstration, Museum of Conemporary Craft, December 2010, 2011 & 2012.
Guest Speaker for various classes, Oregon College of Art and Craft, 2007-2010.
Exhibitor, Renegade Craft Fair, 2007.
Artist Assistant to Mary Beth Llorens. Fabricated large-scale commission mosaics, 2001-2002