Randy Leibowitz Dean, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1954. Studied fine art at the Community College in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia College of Art in Philadelphia and Broward County Community College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In addition, she gives credit to many inspirational and talented teachers.
As a teenager Randy excelled in figure drawing and drew portraits in malls and festivals. She sold her work in local shows in the Philadelphia area. In the 1970's Randy's work included original hand painted fabric made into pillows and other decorative items. After settling in South Florida, Randy continued studying the figure and began developing her oil painting techniques. A one-woman show in Fort Lauderdale in 1993 began her Florida exposure.
Recruited to help a house painter give depth to his basic wall design gave way to years of perfecting finishing techniques, color mixing, mural and trompe l'oeil work. Randy worked through decorators and designers and was commissioned to create art on the walls in a Nursing Home / Rehab business in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At this time she established the 'Art on Walls Project' - Dedicated to involving people living in institutions in the creative process, emphasizing art and communication as a healing and nurturing endeavor. In one section of the nursing home a 100 foot detailed mural took almost one year to complete. At the same nursing home murals on the Alzheimer's floor were painted to give the illusion of shelving with items familiar to the residents.
As a board member of Broward Art Guild in Fort Lauderdale, Randy was able to continue her fine art, compete in art competitions and learn from a fine group of talented artists. She met with a group once a week for life drawing study.
In 2003 her figurative painting was juried into the Paradise City Arts Festival. Following that Randy traveled extensively in outdoor and indoor art shows from her new home in North Carolina to Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida.
Since 2007, Randy concentrates on gallery work, spending more time in the studio and teaching.
Randy partners with UMAR Arts Center in Charlotte, teaching art techniques to adults with developmental disabilities.
2016 - Accepted into the 16th Annual Indoor Sculpture Exhibition, New Hope Arts Center,
New Hope, Pennsylvania, USA
2015 - Accepted into Works in Wood Exhibition, New Hope Arts Center, New Hope,
2015 - First Honorable Mention - Abstract Dimensions, Fayetteville Arts Council in collaboration
with the Ellington-White Community Development Corporation, Fayetteville, NC
2015 - Reflective Hearts Exhibition, featured artist along with Miriam Durkin, Ciel Gallery,
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
2014 - Hanging Sculpture Award - Works in Wood Exhibition, at the New Hope Arts Center,
New Hope, Pennsylvania, USA
2014 - Best in Show award for 'Looking Up' at the Ciel Gallery's Tree Party Show
Juror: Andy Braitman, Charlotte, North Carolina.
2014 - First Place award for ' Reflected Vines' at the Ciel Gallery's Back to the Garden
Show, Juror, Carla Hanzal. Charlotte, North Carolina.
2014 - 'Deep Scape' accepted into New Hope Arts Center, Artbridge Show,
New Hope, Pennsylvania,
2013 - Accepted by jury into Ciel Gallery Collective, South End Charlotte, North Carolina.
2012 - Accepted into the Crossnore Fine Art Gallery in North Carolina.
2011 - First Prize, Painting, also Third Prize, Mixed Media, Mint Hill Arts Summer Show.
Mint Hill, North Carolina Judge, Kathy Rorie.
2007 - Recruited as the figurative, portrait artist for the Fat Cat Ltd, Art and Fine Craft Gallery
in Greensboro, North Carolina.
2004 - Won Best of Show in painting at the Matthews Alive Festival in North Carolina.
2004 - One of three artists to start the 'Artists of Matthews' group that eventually became the
Matthews Art Guild.
2004 - 'April, let's go to the beach' won Best of Show in The Summer Exhibit, Broward Art Guild
in Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Judge: Robert Gross, Curator for Old Davie School Museum
2003 - Exhibition, lecture, discussion and slide presentation; 'The Artist Talks, Inspiration and
Creation' at the North Regional/Broward County Community Library, Coconut Creek,
2003 - Chosen to paint murals in 16 resident rooms at Fort Lauderdale Health and Rehab
Center - Stimulating their memories and interests while respecting their privacy.
2002 - 'Happy Game' Second Place Award at the 52nd Anniversary Exhibition - Broward Art
Guild, Judge: Larry Clemmons.
2002 - 'Courage, Strength, Tenderness' Best in Show, Painting Critique/Competition/Exhibit,
Judge: David Maxwell.
2001 - Commissioned to create large-scale murals in Fort Lauderdale Health and Rehabilitation
Center, Starting the 'Art on Walls' project - Dedicated to involving people living in
institutions in the creative process.