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  • Education

    • Self-taught in basketry.
    • Learned Ozark splint knife method from traditional basketmakers of Northwest Arkansas
  • Grants & Fellowships

    • James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist, Washington, DC 2013
    • United States Artists Fellowship, USA Wingate Fellow, Los Angeles, CA 2012
    • Arkansas Living Treasure Award - Department of Arkansas Heritage and Arkansas Crafts Council, 2005
    • Walter Gropius Master Artist, Huntington Art Museum, Huntington, WV 2002
    • Mid-America Arts Alliance/NEA Fellowship Award, 1995
    • Arkansas Arts Council Fellowship Grant, 1993
  • Selected Exhibitions

    • MIDTOWN - Salon 94, Historic Leiber House @390 Park Ave., New York, NY 2017
    • Still Crazy After All These Years - 30th Anniversary - BrownGrotta Gallery, Wilton, CT 2017
    • Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America - National Basketry Organization and The University of Missouri Museum of Art & Archaeology, Columbia, MO and Eight other venues, 2017-2020
    • A Measure of the Earth - The Cole-Ware Collection, Renwick Gallery, Washington DC, 2013
    • Crafting A Continuum - Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, 2013
    • Leon Niehues - 21st Century Basketmaker - Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock, AR, 2011-2012
    • Leon Niehues Then and Now - Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR 2011-2012
    • All Things Considered VI - Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, 2011
    • Interwoven: Contemporary Baskets - Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH 2007
    • All Things Considered IV - Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN, 2007
    • 2005 Annual Basketry Invitational - Cervini Haas Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, 2005
    • Magnificent Extravagance: Artists and Opulence - Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI, 2005
    • Engaging Nature: Contemporary Baskets from the Collection of Lloyd and Margit Cotsen - Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA, 2005
    • 4 Basketry Artists - Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ 2004
    • Baskets Now: USA - Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR, 2002
    • Two Perspectives in Form: The Basketry of Michael Davis and Leon Niehues - Atlanta International Museum, Atlanta, GA, 2001
    • That Was Then, This Is Now: A 35th Anniversary Retrospective - Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO, 2000
    • American Basketmaking: Tradition and Innovation - Handweavers Guild of America, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN, 1999
    • Contemporary International Basketmaking - London Crafts Council, London, England, 1999; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England, 1999
    • Arkansas Craftsman: Leon Niehues - Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AR, 1999
    • 1999 Basketry Exhibition - materia/The Hand and the Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, 1999
    • Quality of Dimension - Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR, 1998
    • Woven Forms: Contemporary American Basketry - Haydon Gallery, Nebraska Art Association, Lincoln, NE, 1998
    • New Baskets: Expanding the Concept - Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO, 1997
    • Contemporary Art Baskets 97 - Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH, 1997
    • The 10th Wave: New Baskets & Freestanding Fiber Sculpture - Brown/Grotta Gallery, Wilton, CT, 1997
    • New Work - Brown/Grotta Gallery, Wilton, CT, 1996
    • The White house Craft Collection Exhibition - del Mano Gallery, West Los Angeles, CA, 1996
    • The White House Craft Collection - National Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC; American Craft Museum, New York, NY, 1995
    • Contemporary Basketry - Tempe Arts Center, Tempe, AZ 1994
    • Men Making Baskets - Banaker Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1994
    • Basketry Japan 1994 - Japan Basketry Association, Tokyo, Japan, 1994
    • Arkansas: Year of American Craft - Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, AR, 1993
    • Divergent Views - Brown/Grotta Gallery, Wilton, CT, 1993
    • Basketry Japan 1992 - Japan Basketry Association, Tokyo, Japan, 1992
    • Fittings: Metaphysical Junctures of Stick Structures - The Farrell Collection, Washington DC, 1992
    • Varying Inspirations: Basketry in the 1990's - Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO, 1992
    • Basketweave 1990 - Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH, 1989
    • American Contemporary Works in Wood - Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH, 1989
    • Arrowmont Faculty Show - Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN, 1995, 1990, 1989
    • The Artform is a Basket - Albertson-Peterson Gallery Inc., Winter Park, FL, 1989
    • The Art of Contemporary Baskets -Artworks Gallery, Seattle, WA 1988
  • Publications

    • Crafting a Continuum, Rethinking Contemporary Craft, University of North Carolina Press 2013
    • A Measure of the Earth, University of North Carolina Press 2013
    • AY Magazine, "Weaving a Tale", Little Rock, AR 2013
    • Arkansas Democrat Gazette, "Reinventing the Basket", Little Rock, AR 2012
    • Sunshine Artist, "Leon Niehues/Evolving Tradition", Orlando, FL 2010
    • ION Art, "Leon Niehues - Artist Profile", Eureka Springs, AR 2008
    • The Morning News, "Baskets Elevated to Art" Springdale, AR May 1, 2005
    • Craft Arts International, "Tilting Form and Texture: Leon Niehues", Issue #49, Sydney, Australia 2000
    • The Art of Basketry, Sterling Publishing CO, New York, NY 2000
    • Living With Form, The Horn Collection, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR 1999
    • The Arkansas Democrat Gazette, "Woven Wonders", April 18, 1999
    • American Craft Magazine, "Leon Niehues: Weave Master", October/November 1998
    • Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, "Comfortable Perfection", Spring 1998
    • Arkansas, Bill Bradley Publishing 1996
    • The White House Collection of American Crafts, Harry N. Abrams Inc. 1995
    • The New York Times, "The Crafts of America Find Recognition at the Top", December 23, 1995
    • Detroit Free Press, pg. 10E, July 23, 1993
    • The New York Times, "Baskets to Tickle the Imagination", pg. 24, June 6, 1993
    • Fiberarts Magazine, Summer 1992, January 1988, November 1987
  • Collections

    • Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
    • Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
    • Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
    • Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
    • Lloyd and Margit Cotsen, Los Angeles, CA
    • Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV
    • The Horn Collection, Little Rock, AR
    • Charles A Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
    • The White House First Permanent White House Craft Collection, Washington, DC
    • Arkansas
    • Pinnacol Assurance, Denver, CO
    • Marshall Isley, Phoenix, AZ
    • Vectra Bank, Denver, CO