Leon was a Bay Area sculptor and art instructor. Born in England he immigrated to the USA in 1951 and studied art at Temple University, receiving a Master’s degree in Fine Art. In 1959, Mr. Leon joined the faculty of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He also worked as an art critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer until 1962. After coming to the Bay Area, Leon held his first local one-man show of sculpture in 1973, at the James Willis Gallery in San Francisco. He was also an instructor at the California Arts & Crafts College.
Leon’s work was exhibited widely at such institutions as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Museum, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Djerassi Foundation in Woodside and the Oliver Ranch in Sonoma. Leon explored the expansive world of natural landscapes and he created large site-specific sculpture.
The Dennis Leon exhibition at the Museum of Northern California Art has been made possible through the generosity of his family. His daughter Ann Leon is a well-known Northern California chef and owner of Leon’s Bistro in Chico.
SEE THE EXHIBITION:
February 14th – March 24,
Thursday – Sunday 11am – 5pm
Museum of Northern California Art
900 Esplanade in Chico
Admission: Adults: $5, Students and Children: Free
The Opening Reception
Friday, February 15th, 6 – 8 pm.
No host bar. Admission is free for this reception.