Randy Leibowitz Dean

fine art ~ carved wood

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.

In 2012 while reworking a painting, Randy went a bit to far and dug deep into the wood, her favorite substrate. It was a pivotal moment for her, leading to classes in carving, purchasing power tools and learning from a variety of fine woodworkers. Her carved wood art has been accepted into juried shows and has won many awards. 

Since 2008 Randy has partnered with UMAR Arts Center in Charlotte, teaching art techniques to adults with developmental disabilities. www.umarinfo.com

2019 - Class of 2019 - Art Pop Street Gallery, Charlotte, NC


2018 - Accepted into the Works in Wood exhibition, "Out of the Blue" 

​            New Hope Arts Center, New Hope, Pennsylvania.

2018 - Ekphrastic Competition - Craven Arts Council, New Bern, NC

2018 - Accepted into Charlotte Arts Collective, Charlotte, NC

2018 - New Gallery Affiliation - Azure Gallery, Rock Hill, SC

2018 – New Gallery Affiliation - Lark and Key art gallery, Charlotte, NC

2017 - Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte, NC “Buoyant” sculpture accepted into
           Free for All Fall exhibition

2017 – Randy’s Pop Up Gallery of Art, Charlotte, NC along with Jann Green, Fiber Artist

2017 – Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte, NC “Deep Summer Shadows” sculpture accepted                     Free for All Spring exhibition

2017 – National Juried, Back to the Garden Exhibit, “Rosewood with Wren”
            Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, NC

2017 - Arts in the Mill accepted into arts festival held in refurbished Cotton Mill

2017 - National Juried, Gimme Shelter, “Finding Home”
           Ciel Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina.

2016 - National Juried Fine Arts Craft Exhibition, “Vision in the Drapery”
           Hilton Head, South Carolina

2016 - 2016 Works in Wood Exhibition, “Dream Changer”,
           New Hope Arts Center, New Hope, Pennsylvania.

2016 - Accepted into the 16th Annual Indoor Sculpture Exhibition,"Vision in the Drapery" and                "Vase Scape" sculptures,  New Hope Arts Center,

           New Hope, Pennsylvania, USA

2015 - Accepted into Works in Wood Exhibition, New Hope Arts Center,  New Hope,  

              Pennsylvania, USA

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.

​Randy Leibowitz Dean

​Fine Art ~ Carved Wood

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My artistic process involves multiple layers of various types of plywood; usually birch and pine. I layer the plywood in a way that can be carved with power tools and carving knives into free standing sculpture, carved wall hangings, paintings with carved texture and jewelry. Another facet of my process is the painting. Carving and painting the many layers of wood allows me to combine two techniques I enjoy. 

My background in painting on walls for murals and faux finishing, also the concentration of years of figurative work has given me the experience to put two disciplines together.

For me the art I create is an ever evolving, very physical, and a deeply meditative process.