Leona Strassberg Steiner
Photographer, printmaker and former dancer Leona Strassberg Steiner has lived her life half in Israel and half in the United States. Her work centers on issues of land, industrialism, memories, transitions, aging and beauty. “I enjoy doing projects that can help change the way people look at themselves and others. For me, art is about revisiting our perspectives about race, religion, class, and environmentalism; the end game is seeing how we are all connected on this planet, how we are all one.” Steiner has exhibited her photographs and prints extensively with solo exhibitions of her work at The Victory Hall Drawing Rooms of Jersey City and the New Jersey City University Visual Arts Gallery. She has participated in many group exhibitions in Spain, California, Illinois, New Jersey, New Orleans, and New York. Steiner was active in the art scene in Jersey City, where she was a frequent collaborator in projects such as We Are 6, at Alley Arts, her self-run studio/atelier/gallery. In 2015 Leona curated PoliticoPopUp, a one-night exhibition that showed works of 40 artists from around the country, who create political art, with limited exhibition opportunities. PoliticoPopUp has continued for two more years. Steiner has collaborated with 912, a community art space, with three exhibits,: New Surroundings, Duet#1, and Duet#2 which took place during PhotoNola.
Currently she is Gallery Director and member at The Second Story Gallery at the Healing Center, in New Orleans.