Leona Strassberg Steiner
Visual Artist and former dancer Leona Strassberg Steiner has lived on both the East and West coast of the USA, Palestine, and in 2014 relocated to New Orleans. Steiner's work centers on issues related to our planet’s future, the new political dilemma, natural landscapes, and transitions in time. “Art is about revisiting our perspectives about racism, the class/religious divide, and environmentalism. The end game is seeing how we are all connected on this planet, how we are all one". Steiner has exhibited her photographs extensively with solo exhibitions of her work at The Victory Hall Drawing Rooms of Jersey City, the New Jersey City University Visual Arts Gallery, and at Second Story Gallery in New Orleans. She has participated in various group exhibitions in Spain, California, Illinois, New Jersey, New Orleans, Wisconsin, Evanston, and New York. Steiner was active in the art scene in Jersey City, where she collaborated in projects such as We Are 6 at Alley Arts, her self-run studio/atelier/gallery. She has curated six exhibits in the past ten years; Paths that Cross, a photography and video exchange with fellow JC photographers, at 303 Gallery in Jersey City, PolitiocoPopUp 1, 2, and 3, a politically charged multi media art show with over 40 artists from around the country here in New Orleans. New Surroundings an image based show for PhotoNola at Julia912 in 2019. And currently curated a mega show with 62 New Orleans artists, called As We Heal at the New Orleans Healing Center in New Orleans. Leona continues working in her studio in the Bywater, where she resides with her husband and two dogs.