Ledia Pearl Carroll
2303 Willow St #2
2005 MFA Studio Art: Design, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
1998 BA Language Studies (Linguistics), Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
1994-1996 Media Arts and Sciences Coursework, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, Cambridge while also working in the Interactive Cinema Lab
BOOKS My work is featured in:
Land Arts of the American West by Chris Taylor and Bill Gilbert
University of Texas Press, April 2009
8 x 10 inches, 384 pp., 441 color illus.
Miss Rockaway Armada: Let Me Tell You About a Dream I Had Hardcover –Dec. 2011 by Melissa Caldwell et al
Publisher : Philadelphia Art Alliance, Dec. 2011
Hardcover : 102 pages
EXHIBITIONS, PUBLICATIONS, PRESS
WINDTUNNEL 2023 Windtunnel current project -Locations TBA
DRAWINGS FOR PORT OF SF SEAWALL TIDAL POOLS PROPOSAL
2019 Pierside Pools for Port of San Francisco with Terri McFarland and Laura Jerrard.
Our white paper advises the Port of San Francisco that the seawall design needs to create tidal pools for swimming and marsh life. San Francisco is redoing the seawall and the Embarcadero. This whitepaper of our proposal drawings is currently featured on the Port's website as a reference offering for potential developers for meeting their public benefit requirements . Port was seeking public-oriented concepts offered to the public domain for sites to be redeveloped in subsequent RFQs: https://sfport.com/sites/default/files/Planning/Piers%20RFI%20Responses/HarborPool-attachment.pdf
We are excited that a likely build for piers 30-32 appears to use our design: https://www.sfchronicle.com/sf/article/Can-a-swimming-pool-floating-on-the-bay-unlock-17593806.php
SAND DUNE AT SF MOMA
Jan 1 2009 SFMOMA 4th FLOOR, The Art of Participation. SAND DUNE. 10 tons of sand installed with input from SFMOMA structural engineering team and assistance from preparators
MISSION LAKE PROJECT
2006 Solo Show at Gallery and Off-site, Southern Exposure, San Francisco
Oct 13, 2006 Solo Show. Opening at Southern Exposure. Maps, drawings and ephemera related to my Mission Lake Project on view.
Oct 22 2006 “Lakeside” BBQ and Race Event 2-6 Mission Park and Playground more info at www.lediacarroll.com/missionlake
This project received mountain of press and interest and mentions too numerous to list here. I spoke about my art research on the vanished Lago Delores in the Mission on behalf of Southern Exposure at the De Young Museum in June 2007, to a packed audience. I still plan to do some writing on how this project played out in public. The Oakland museum was calling about where I got my maps (original research, I made them with a group of landscape architects), and is the subject of several phd theses-- projects such as “Marking and Missing: memory-performance and the radical present” Sarah Kanouse, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.And mentions such as in Public Works Artists Interventions 1970s-Now edited by Christian L. Frock and Tanya Zimbardo. Many pop up on Google search "mission lake ledia carroll". Another anthropology dissertation even featured me among artworks she argues led to gentrification of the Mission. The chalk drawing portion of the project was even copied whole by a NYC artist. I especially like this article, originally published in Artwork, 2007 which frames this fundamentally as a drawing and walking project.
10 YEARS OF BUILDING ART RAFTS
2006- 2016 Various art rafts and public programming as a member of art collective Miss Rockaway Armada on the Mississippi 2006, Swimming Cities on the Hudson under the banner of artist Swoon 2011, and on the Voyage of the Hurlothrumbo on the Williamette led by artist Paul Cesewski 2016
New York Times article about our first year of the Miss Rockaway Armada, on the Mississippi:
August 9, 2006 Art Down the Mississippi, At Least that’s The Plan, David Carr, New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/09/arts/09arma.html
Articles about the Miss Rockaway Armada in Philadelphia 2011:
Philadelphia Art Alliance. http://www.philartalliance.org/exhibition/let-me-tell-you-about-a-dream-i-had-the-miss-rockaway-armada/
WORKS USING SNOW AND ICE
2005 April 28 Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico–“Landminds”, Photo documentation images
2005 November Double Vision, Old Jail Arts Center, Albany, TX//November 12, 2005- Feb 12, 2006 Old Jail Arts Center, Albany Texas–“Double Vision”, (Photo documentation images of Bonneville Ice)
August 27, 2004 Recommended: In::formation at the Creative Research Lab by Jacqueline May. Austin Chronicle
January 23, 2004 Snow in Austin? by Julie Moody. Morning Edition on KUT 90.5
January 29, 2004 Austin American Statesman, XLNT Art Project Will Give you the Chills, News 8 Austin by News 8 Austin Staff.
January 23, 2004 Project Brings Snow to Sunny Austin by Jennifer E. Spencer. Daily Texan
INLAND SEA, FOUNTAIN WATER SCULPTURES
2005 22 To Watch: New Art in Austin, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art/
April 7-June 10, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, Texas—“22 to Watch”, (Indoor Water and Floor Piece version 3
2005 22 To Watch: New Art in Austin, Galveston Art Center (Indoor Water and Floor Piece
2005 22 To Watch: New Art in Austin, Austin Museum of Art (Indoor Water and Floor Piece
2004 Land Arts of the American West 2003, Creative Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (Snow Dump)
2003 Land Arts of the American West 2003, John Sommers Gallery, the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
2005 Terrestrial Arcs, Plan B Gallery, Austin, TX (Six Lenses)
Article: Spring 2005 Terrestrial Arcs by Laura Lindenberger. Artlies
Article: March 2005 Land Art of the American West by Eric Zimmerman. Glasstire
2005 Liminal Walk. Offsite piece at University of Texas at Austin's East Mall Fountain with supporting on-site materials shown in MFA show with architect Leah Davis entitled Plots and Schemes, at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
2004 Group show of wild proposals- LOUNGE! Arthouse at Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, Texas (Drawings)
2004 IN:FORMATION, Creative Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (Topo Floor)
2003 Mappings, Colomo, Marfa, TX
Drawings were also a major part of Mission lake project discussed above
After the 'Watch,' What? Alumni of AMOA's 'New Art in Austin' talk about the exhibition's impact on their careersBY RACHEL COOK, FRI., FEB. 15, 2008
June 2005 Austin Critics Table Nomination, Female Artist of the Year, Austin American Statesman
June 2005 Austin Critics Table Nomination, for show “Terrestrial Arcs”, Austin American Statesman
October 2, 2005 Eye on Austin Artists, Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin. Austin American Statesman
August 26, 2005 22 to Think About, Rachel Koper. Austin Chronicle
2011 200K Pew Foundation sponsored Miss Rockaway Armada Show at Philadelphia Art Alliance. Here is a video of some of the outdoor building from project. https://youtu.be/CDFmFU0cksc I worked with on behalf of our collective for two years leading up to the project on getting of this grant which was given to Philadelphia Art Alliance to fund this show
2006, Alternative Exposure Southern Exposure, San Francisco sponsored and funded my Mission Lake Project
2004 Summer New Work Grant, University Co-Op Presents the 2005 David Mark Cohen New Works Festival Committee, University of Texas Department of Theater and Dance
2003-2004 Dean’s Associates Fellowship, College of Fine Arts. University of Texas At Austin
2003-2004 Micheal Aubrey Jones Endowed Scholarship in Art, University of Texas At Austin
2003-2004 Departmental Fellowship, Department of Art and Art History
2004-2005 Marian Royal Kazen Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Art, University of Texas At Austin
2005 Grants to fund Liminal Walk at The Univesity of Texas at Austin included University Co-Op Presents the Cohen New Works Festival, the Powell Endowment for Risk-Taking in the School of Architecture, and the College of Fine Arts, through the Marie and Joseph D.Jamail, Sr. Regents Professorship in Fine Arts
2005 Grant to fund Inland Sea at the Austin Museum of Art from the Austin Museum of Art
*: Most projects have involved my procuring elaborate donations and support from diverse entities such as fountain pump suppliers, glass manufacturers, trucking companies, ice manufacturers and so on. These are not grants or awards per se but have significantly contributed to the funding of my art work.
** As an undergrad I worked for 3 school years at the MIT Media Lab as a paid research assistant on many grant funded projects such as a documentary production about Jerome B Wiesner https://ic.media.mit.edu/projects/JBW/credits_j.htm
I am credited for my fairly minor contributions on many thesis projects and papers from that time. However it was this work that taught me about grants and how to seek collaboration with sponsors.
2003-2005: Teaching Assistant, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin; 2D and 3D Design, Drawing, Land Arts of the American West field program
2005- Present, Mentoring young artists around me, teaching extra-curricular and homeschooled students, teaching in professional contexts
2006 Taught workshop series March 2006, Workshop entitled “Mapping Mania”about aerial imagery at San Francisco’s Zeum: Arts and Tech Museum. Disposable video cameras on helium balloons tied to kids. Constructed a set of aerial photographs of our area, discussion of mapping, study of maps
2001- Artist, Self Employed, Projects, Installation Designer, Austin, TX San Francisco and Austin TX
Handle all aspects of numerous art installation, landscape projects, and public programming events. Responsibilities include: research, fundraising, grants management, marketing, designing and installing myself or overseeing design and installations, site-planning, fabrication in accordance with blueprints, managing complex permit processes in respect of building codes and fire marshal specifications, maintain client and contractor relationships, work within budget specifications, meet goals and timelines. Collaboration with wide ranging entities and trades. Project examples below.
Landscape Design and Consulting
Contracts with various Architects and Landscape Architects · Self-employed Contracts with various Architects and Landscape Architects · Self-employed Jan 2011 - 2020·San Francisco Bay Area Designed Landscapes with and for Santa Monica Architects Koning - Eizenberg, Interior Designers Ken Fulk. Projects designed by Ron Lutsko Landscape Architects and Randy Thume Landscape Architects. Working with these professionals have helped me hold both extremely practical plus visionary approaches to design
Philadelphia Art Alliance (now Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show)
Artist and Grant Writer, 2009-2011 · 2 yr Representing the interests of the diverse participants of an art collective I had been part of for many years, and working with the PAA's curator on the grant, I wrote a successful $200,000 grant for a project for over two years of funding for the commission for the art collective Miss Rockaway Armada . The project which I also participated in entailed building a massive outdoor floating installation, an indoor gallery show, and several public parades
San Francisco Art Commission Gallery
Project Manager, contract 2010 - 2011 · 1 yr
Handle coordination for gallery work including prepatory work. Managed many aspects of Passport 2010, a large-scale fundraising event in Hayes Valley, including pulling downtown street closure permits, managing street closures and event permits. Worked closely with board members to enhance their participation.
Maker Faire --New Makers Outreach
contract with O'Reilly/ Make Media 2009 - 2010 · 1 yr San Francisco Bay Area
Identified and connected the Maker Faire with new makers and artists. Negotiated fees, contributions, and locations for the 2010 Maker Faire San Mateo event. Managed volunteer coordination, permits and logistics for individual artists and maker groups within event
by invitation and contract with San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 2008 - 2009 · 1 yr
Invited to create an environmental sculpture at SFMOMA. This project was up Dec 18 2008- Feb 18 2009 in the Public White Cube. Due to the weight of the sand and its other unusual properties, I worked on it with the structural engineers who designed the building. Please view: www.lediacarroll.com for full details about the exhibit and to view my many other art installation projects
MEDIA RESEARCH, USABILITY DESIGN
UCSF Contract with Bagatto Inc. 2008 - 2009 · 1 yr
Wrote Medication Study Interview Analysis. Working on a UCSF contract via Bagatto Inc., a market research firm, I sat in on focus groups, synthesized interview data, and wrote up key findings from the focus group patient population.
Researcher and Project Manager, Monkey Media. Austin, TX 2000-2001
Led projects based teams producing user-needs analysis. Designed and conducted focus groups. Orchestrated user testing for Web sites and digital appliance interfaces for marketing and design purposes. Designed and documented information architecture. Clients included Toys R Us, Sega, JC Penneys, and Texas Instruments. While here I participated in original research for which my name is on a patent for some aspects of "wish list" navigations, published a paper about it and travelled to Europe to talk about it https://dl.acm.org/doi/fullHtml/10.1145/361897.361924
Design Researcher, Girl Games, Inc. Austin, TX 1998-2000
Designed and personally directed two-year trend-spotting research on culture and technology preferences among teen girls. Supervised team that conducted focus groups in multiple cities, photo documented, analyzed research data, and authored quarterly reports. Deliverables included quarterly reports and presentations on design issues for clients including Mattel and Proctor and Gamble.
Research Assistant, Sun Microsystems. Menlo Park, CA 1997
Designed and implemented usability tests for HCI/Usability Labs including competitor products. Managed in consultation with senior lab staff. Compiled and analyzed qualitative and quantitative research data regarding user populations. Authored reports on benchmarking and design for Sun interfaces.
Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA 1994-1996
Interactive Cinema Group as well as some collaboration with Television of Tomorrow Group and Epistemology and Learning Group. Produced segments for interactive documentary including conducting onscreen interviews. Provided technical production assistance. Researched and designed Web component for digital documentary. Provided user support services as liaison with project sponsor, Lotus Corporation. Analyzed research data on conversation and learning in technical contexts.