Kelly Leahy Radding

Contemporary Natural History Artist

9 Westgate Road Columbia
Connecticut 06237 (860) 208-2353;
Email: kradding@mac.com

b. Hartford, CT, 17 May 1961

 

EDUCATION

1999 to 2002: The New York Botanical Gardens Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration

1990-1995: Rhode Island School of Design Children’s Illustration and Botanical Illustration classes

1981-1983: The Art Institute of Houston Associates Degree in Advertising Design and Illustration

1979-1980: Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado Fine Arts Major

 

CAREER

Owner, Leahy/Radding Design, Columbia, Conn., 1990 – present

Partner & Creative Director, Stannard Pond Creative Group, Madison, Conn., 1996-2001

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & AFFILIATIONS

Memberships

Society of Animal Artists
American Society of Botanical Artists
New England Society of Botanical Artists
The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society
The National Tropical Botanical Garden Florilegium Society

 

MEDIA

Watercolor, gouache, egg tempera, oil, graphite, pen-and-ink

 

GROUP EXHIBITION(S)

2017 –  The Art of the Miniature XXV, The Snowgoose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

2017  – Gallery One CT & Friends, Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT

2017  – Fruits of Paradise – Works by members of the National Tropical Botanical Garden Florilegium Society, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kalaheo, HI

2016 –  All Paintings Great & Small, The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT

2016  – An Interior Garden of Botanical Art, ILevel, New York NY

2016  – The Art of the Miniature XXIV, The Snowgoose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

2015  – All Paintings Great & Small, The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT

2015 –  Drawing Show: Crossing the Lines, Garrison, NY

2014  – All Paintings Great & Small, The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT

2014  – “The Magnified Eye II: Contemporary Botanical Portraiture,” Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, CT

2013  – All Paintings Great & Small, The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT

2012  – Portraits of a Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation Carnegie Melllon University, Pittsburgh, PA

2012  –  “The Magnified Eye: Contemporary Botanical Portraiture,”, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit, NJ

2012  – Wow! First Impressions, NESBA Members’ Exhibition, Boston Flower and Garden Show, Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA 2012 A Brush With Nature, The Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA

2011 – Bugs, Birds & Botanicals, Natural History Paintings, Drawings & Prints by Four Connecticut Artists, Marlborough Arts Center, Marlborough, CT

2011 – Botanical Expressions, NESBA Members’ Exhibition, Boston Flower and Garden Show, Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA

2011 – Losing Paradise, Endangered Plants Here and Around the World, Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens, London, England

2010  – Brooklyn Botanical Garden Florilegium Exhibition, Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens, London, England

2010 – Florilegium Society, 5th Biennial Exhibition, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY

2010 – Botanicals: Environmental Expressions in Art – The Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton Collection, Arthur and Janet Ross Gallery, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY

2010 – Symphonies of Italy, Royal Gallery, Providence, RI

2010 – “A Feast for the Senses”, NESBA Members’ Exhibition, Boston Flower  and Garden Show, Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA

2009  – “Works in Progress”, Villa Palmerino, Florence, Italy

2009 – Botanicals: Environmental Expressions in Art – The Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton Collection, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh , PA

2009 –  Nature Observed: The Work of Four Connecticut Botanical Artists, Hartford Fine Art, East Hartford, CT

2009 – “Heroes and Villains”, Native and Invasive Plants, NESBA Members, South Shore Natural Science Center, Norwell, MA

2008 –  “Rhapsody in Green”, New England Spring Flower Show 2008, NESBA Members, Bayside Expo Center, Boston, MA

2008 –  Florilegium Society, Portraits of a Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY

2008 –  Small Works 2008 ASBA Conference Exhibition, The Huntington, Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA

2007 – “Woody Plants: Contemporary Botanical Art Exhibition”, Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA

2007 – “Inspired by Nature”, the instructors and students of the New York Botanical Garden, Gallery Yellow, Cross River, NY

2007 – New England Flower Show, New England Society of Botanical Artists, Boston, MA

2004 – Artists represented by Susan Frei Nathan, Pfizer Headquarters, New York, New York

2003 – Visions of Nature Art and Photography Show, Valhalla, NY

2003 – Bugs, Beasts and Botanical Show, Steven Amedee Gallery, New York, NY

2000 – The Ginger Tree Gallery, Stamford, CT 2000 Noel Fine Arts Gallery, Bronxville, NY

JURIED EXHIBITION(S)
International, National & Regional

2017 –  Waterfowl Festival, Easton MD

2017  – Wildlife Treasures, Nature in Art Museum & Gallery, Gloucester, UK

2017 –  63rd Annual Exhibition- National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY

2017  – Newport Flower Show, New England Society of Botanical Artists, Newport, RI – 1st and 2nd place in vellum

2016  – Focus on Nature XIV, Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown NY – Juror’s Award

2016  – Richeson 75 Animals, Birds & Wildlife, two merit awards

2016  – Waterfowl Festival, Easton MD

2016 –  The Beauty of Botanicals, OA Gallery, Kirkwood, MO

2016 –  Society of Animal Artists Signature Member Juried Show, R.S. Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX

2016  – Out of Africa, Society of Animal Artists/African Wildlife Foundation 

2015 –  Waterfowl Festival, Easton MD

2015  – Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC

2014 –  Waterfowl Festival, Easton MD

2014 –  Blanche Ames National Art Exhibition, Ames Mansion Museum, Borderland State Park, North Easton, MA

2014  – 17th Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition, American Society of Botanical Artists and The Horticultural Society of New York, New York, NY

2014  – Society of Animal Artists 54th Annual Exhibition, The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO

2014 –  Masterpieces and Recent Acquisitions from the Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton Collection, The Horticultural Society of New York, New York, NY

2014  – Focus on Nature XIII, New York State Museum, Albany NY – Juror’s Award

2014 –  Weird, Wild & Wonderful, Second New York Botanical Garden Triennial Exhibition, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY

2014 –  Birds in their Habitat, Connecticut Audubon Society, Fairfield, CT

2014 –  Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC

2013 – Society of Animal Artists 53rd Annual Exhibition, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont

2013 – From the Mountains to the Sea: Plants, Trees, and Shrubs of New England, New England Society of Botanical Artists, The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA

2013 – Botanical Images Scotia – BISCOT, Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

2013 – Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC

2012 – Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC

2011 – An Exhibition of Botanical Art – Green Currency, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY

2011 – Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC

2011 – Birds In Art 2010 Traveling Exhibition, Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

2010 – Birds In Art 2010, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau WI

2010 – Small Works, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont

2009 – ‘A Natural Perspective’ -ASBA Botanical Art Exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

2009 – Losing Paradise, Endangered Plants Here and Around the World, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, IL, New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

2007 – 12th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, PA

2007 – 10th Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition, American Society of Botanical Artists and The Horticultural Society of New York, New York, NY

2006 – 9th Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition, American Society of Botanical Artists and The Horticultural Society of New York, New York, NY

2006 – Botanical Treasures, An International Juried Exhibit & Sale of Contemporary Botanical Paintings, Millbrook, NY

2005 – Art the of Animal Kingdom X, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT

2003 Natural Selections, Exhibitions of The Lyme Art Association Elected Artists and members of the American Society of Botanical Artists, Old Lyme, CT

2003 – 6th Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition, American Society of Botanical Artists and The Horticultural Society of New York, New York, NY

2002 – American Society of Botanical Artists/United States Botanic Garden Exhibition, Washington, DC

2002 – 5th Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition, American Society of Botanical Artists and The Horticultural Society of New York, New York, NY

2002 – Art Imitates Life: Botanical Art in 2002, ASBA International Juried Exhibition at Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, NJ

2001 – State University of New York at Farmingdale Third Annual Botanical Show American Society of Botanical Artists Regional Juried Exhibition, Farmingdale, NY

2001 – Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Annual Members Exhibit

2000 – 3rd Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition, American Society of Botanical Artists and The Horticultural Society of New York, New York, NY

2000 – State University of New York at Farmingdale Second Annual Botanical Show American Society of Botanical Artists Regional Juried Exhibition, Farmingdale, NY

 

ONE PERSON EXHIBITION(S)

2016 – Impressions of Oswegatchie Hills: Drawings, Paintings & Photographs by Kelly Leahy Radding, Artisan Gallery, Hebron, CT

2006 – Natural History Paintings, Artisan Gallery, Hebron, CT

2003 – Birds & Botanicals, Wall Street Gallery, Madison, CT

 

HONOR(S)/AWARD(S)

2017  – Best & Runner Up in Vellum, The Newport Flower Show, The New England Society of Botanical Artists

2017  – Juror’s Award, Focus on Nature XIV

2014  – Juror’s Award, Focus on Nature XIII

2007 – New York Central Art Supply Award, 10th Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition

2001 – Best of Show, Mixed Media, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Annual Members Exhibit

2000 – New York Central Art Supply Award, 3rd Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition

 

MUSEUMS/COLLECTIONS

Permanent Collection of FFAST Museum, Fiesole Italy
Collection of Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton
Brooklyn Botanical Garden Florilegium Society
Collection of Ron Geslin
Numerous private collections

 

REPRESENTATION

Artisan Framing & Gallery, Niantic, CT

Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works on Paper LLC

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Radding, Kelly. Ingredients for Inspiration. A comparison of casein, egg tempera, and gouache. 2017. New York, NY. American Society of Botanical Artists journal.

Radding, Kelly. Lasting Impressions: Beyond Accuracy, Creating Art. Kelly Leahy Radding on Marzio Tamer. 2016. New York, NY. American Society of Botanical Artists journal

American Society of Botanical Artists and The New York Botanical Garden. 2011. Green Currency; Plants in the Economy. New York, N.Y. : ASBA and NYBG [Exhibition catalogue.]

American Society of Botanical Artists, 2002. Art Imitates Life: Botanical Art in 2002. New York, N.Y. : ASBA [Exhibition catalogue.]

American Society of Botanical Artists and The Horticultural Society of New York. 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007. 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th and 10th Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition(s). New York, N.Y.: ASBA and HSNY. [Exhibition catalogues.]

Art of the Animal Kingdom X. 2005. Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vt. [Exhibition catalogue.]

12th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration. 2007. Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. [Exhibition catalogue.}

Radding, K. Flora & Fauna, Paintings by Kelly Leahy Radding. 2008. Columbia, CT. [Self-published]

A Natural Perspective: An International Juried Exhibition of the American Society of Botanical Artists. 2009. Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Az. ASBA [Exhibition catalogue.]

Losing Paradise? Endangered Plants Here and Around the World. A Project of the American Society of Botanical Artists. 2009. New York, N.Y. ASBA [Exhibition catalogue.]

Botanicals, Environmental Expressions in Art. The Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton Collection. 2009. Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. [Exhibition catalogue.]

Westner, Joyce. Conversations with our Artists: A Conversation with Kelly Leahy Radding. 2009. New York, NY. American Society of Botanical Artists journal.

Radding, K. Paintings From Nature’s Scrapbook. 2009. Columbia, CT [Self-published]

Radding, K. Botanical Paintings Using Egg Tempera from a Tube. 2010. New York, NY. American Society of Botanical Artists journal.

 

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