Jason Leith
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  • Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
  • United States
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Organization or Business Name
Sacred Streets
Contact Email
jason@sacredstreets.org
Website
http://www.sacredstreets.org
Art Interests
Arts Administration, Arts Ministry, Arts Organization, Drawing, Iconography, Installation, Liturgical Design, Mixed Media, Museum/Gallery, Public Art, Theology, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
It was in the midst of my trip to India in high school that I came to find that my vocation lies between art and social engagement. I simply could not choose one or the other and realized that my strengths would be put to the best use if they were combined in a single practice. My art practice gets me most fired up when it is harnessed as a means of connection and functions as an act of service.

One reason I have stuck to drawing and painting is that there is no immediate capturing of an image. Instead, both the subject and the artist sit with each other for extended periods of a slow-paced creation environment. It is a type of work that is personal and powerful. I desire to use art on a person-to-person basis, to bridge personal differences and cross spiritual divides. If I am to live out an art practice that utilizes my strengths and passions, I know I will be making art that cultivates and serves.
Accomplishments / CV
Artist in Social Practice

WORK EXPERIENCE
2012 Director, Ex Creatis Saddleback Arts Initiative, Lake Forest, CA
2011 Instructor, Art Innovators So. Cal., Cerritos, CA
Intern, Summer Arts Programs, Watts House Project, Los Angeles, CA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
2013 Sacred Streets, Skid Row, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Biola University, NASAD Showcase, La Mirada, CA
2011 Artificial Essence, Common Grounds, Biola University
2010 Poetry Lounge, live drawing, La Mirada, CA
Symbiosis 2010, Orange County, CA
2009 Biola University Biannual Conference, live painting, La Mirada, CA
2008 Plunket Artists Federation, Mission Viejo, CA
The Refinery, Lake Forest, CA
San Gabriel Union Fellowship, San Gabriel, CA
2007 The Reef at Saddleback, Lake Forest CA

PRESS:
2013 Christianity Today
How One Artist Turns Skid Row into Sacred Streets
By Joseph Gorra
June 7, 2013

2013 KCET, Departures
Sacred Streets: Skid Row as an Art Source
By Ed Fuentes
May 10, 2013

2013 Biola News
Art Exhibit Restores Dignity to Homeless in Downtown L.A
By Jessica Airey
April 23, 2013

2013 The Chimes
Senior Gives Beauty Back to Skid Row
By Olivia Blinn
April 10, 2013

2011 Biola News
“Student Uses Art to Help Homeless”
By Jessica Airey
December 20th, 2011

2011 The Point Magazine
“Beyond the Gallery”
By Candace Arce-Lindsay
Fall 2011

SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS:
2008 Plunket Artists Federation, Selected Artist
5/5 on AP Portfolio
Selected Biola University Fine Arts Scholarship
First Prize, Youth Expo, Costa Mesa, CA
First Prize, OC Art Fair, Santa Ana, CA
2007 First Prize, Youth Expo, Costa Mesa, CA

CURATORIAL:
2013 World AIDS Day, Interactive Exhibition, Lake Forest, CA
2012 Beyond Ourselves, Local Peace Center, Lake Forest, CA
2011 Left, Breathless, Salvation Army Alegria, Los Angeles, CA

EDUCATION:
2013 Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, Biola University
Minor in Business-Administration at Biola University
2012 Torrey Honors Institute Graduate

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A Life Worth Looking At

Posted on October 17, 2011 at 7:49pm 2 Comments

This is Steve. He lives in La Mirada next to Mike's Burgers on Imperial Hwy. There is a vacant field adjacent to the restaurant's parking lot and at the far end of that field is a long, cinder block wall lined with overgrown shrubs and trees. At the right end of this overgrown wall sits a large storage container-- behind and around this spot is where Steve Flath has been living for the past couple years.…

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