Ronald Leax

Ronald Leax, detail, Alien Laboratory, 2016.

Ronald Leax

Ronald Leax, the Halsey C. Ives Professor Emeritus of Art, taught at Washington University from 1986-2016 and is widely recognized as an influential artist, mentor, and professor. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Art from Brown University in 1969 and his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1980. He began his teaching career at Washington University as a term lecturer and served in many capacities during his tenure: as the sculpture area coordinator, director of the graduate program, associate dean, and dean of the College of Art. Leax taught at all levels, from first-year foundation courses to the sculpture majors to the graduate program. His students have gone on to attend top-ranking graduate programs and have been recognized with innumerable national and international residences and honors, including the Sam Fox School’s John T. Milliken Foreign Travel Awards, Fulbright Awards, Joan Mitchell Foundation Awards, a Daedalus Foundation Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Oscar. They have impactful careers in sculpture, painting, performance, poetry, and teaching.

Leax has had over 40 one- or two-person exhibitions and over 100 group exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada, Scotland, Germany, and France. He has been honored with the College Art Association’s Distinguished Teaching of Art Award, and the Washington University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Faculty Award. He was also named a 2013-2014 Washington University Art/Sci Fellow.

He has been awarded creative research grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Blanche Colman Foundation, Michigan Council for the Arts, Missouri Arts Commission, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Leax has been a resident artist, visiting artist, and speaker at 66 academic and arts organizations. His work has been exhibited in nine museums and is represented in numerous public and private collections including Purdue University, Yale University Art Galleries, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

Leax is married to art historian Susan Walker, PhD. They live and work in Georgetown, Maine, and St. Louis, Missouri.