Born in 1924, Evelyn Leavens is a life long resident of Red Bank. Her first solo show was in 1952 at the Old Mill Gallery, Tinton Falls, known then for the introduction of Alice Neel and Martha Graham.
In 1958 a book of drawings “Boswells’ Life of Boswell” by Leavens was published by Simon and Schuster which became #2 on the New York Times childrens’ best seller that year.
She has received two fellowships from N.J. State Council of the Arts and was included in the 1977 N.J. Arts Council biennial at the Trenton State Museum. Her work has shown, notably, at City Without Walls, Aljira, Tweeds, Summit Art Center and the Morris State Museum.
Primarily self taught, she attended the Vermont Studio Center in 1987 where she studied with Malcolm Morley, Archie Rand and Niel Welliver.
A retrospective entitled "The Painting World of Evelyn Leavens" is planned for July 9 through September 5, 2010 at the Monmoth Museum in Lincroft, NJ. An opening reception will be held Friday, July 9, 6 to 8pm.
A CRITICAL LOOK by Stan Cain
BIOGRAPHY by Layli Susan Whyte
EVELYN LEAVENS RETROSPECTIVE by David Mizejewski
EVELYN LEAVENS by Chuck Scarborough