Leah Virsik

Art + Design

2017–2020, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District

graphic design

From 2016–2019, I worked as the Gallery Director for the Adobe Art Gallery, Castro Valley run by Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, (H.A.R.D.) A core group of artists exhibited with this community gallery and as a way to create a greater connection between the two, I featured their artwork on the publicity postcards.

As part of my tenure, I curated, publicized and produced five annual art exhibitions. I interfaced with artists, managed a budget, staff and coordinated volunteers. I organized gallery tours and worked with TK teachers and students to develop art projects based on exhibits. I raised $12K in an inaugural fundraiser for new mobile walls and lighting and brought in $5K in art sales.

From 2019–2020, after the Adobe Art Gallery was no longer run by H.A.R.D., I managed and produced one final exhibit: the 42nd Area Artists’ Annual Juried Exhibition at PhotoCentral Gallery, produced a slideshow of the artwork and trained staff.

42nd Area Artists’ Annual Juried Exhibition postcard, PhotoCentral Gallery, 2020, 4×9 inches

OPEN: Hayward Area Recreation and Park District Student Exhibition postcard, Adobe Art Gallery, 2019, 5×7 inches

Spring Open Exhibition: Celebrating H.A.R.D. at 75 exhibition postcard, Adobe Art Gallery, 2019, 5×7 inches

41st Area Artists’ Annual Juried Exhibition postcard, Adobe Art Gallery, 2018, 5×7 inches

Elevate: Adobe Art Gallery’s Inaugural Fundraiser & Silent Auction Exhibition postcard, Adobe Art Gallery, 2018, 4×6 inches

Nature and Abstraction exhibition postcard, Alameda County Administration Building, 2018, 4×9 inches

The Magic of Collaboration exhibition postcard, Adobe Art Gallery, 2018, 5×7 inches

The Magic of Collaboration exhibition wall label (8×7 inches) and display, Adobe Art Gallery, 2018 (featuring the work of Laura Van Duren and Kathleen King)

The Magic of Collaboration exhibition display, Adobe Art Gallery, 2018 (featuring the work of Laura Van Duren and Kathleen King, shift-lab, and Maddy Daddy (Jason Engelund and Maddy))

The Magic of Collaboration exhibition display, Adobe Art Gallery, 2018 (artwork by Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh and Ahran Lee and Vida Vazquez, Maddy Daddy (Jason Engelund and Maddy) and shift-lab

The Magic of Collaboration exhibition display, Adobe Art Gallery, 2018 (artwork by J. M. Golding and Al Brydon and Becca Barolli and Rebecca Frantz)

The Magic of Collaboration press release, Adobe Art Gallery, 2018, 8 1/2 x 11 inches

The View From Here, Spring at the Adobe Art Gallery exhibition postcard, Adobe Art Gallery, 2018, 5×7 inches

Anything Goes, Almost, A.R.T., Inc. Members’ Exhibition postcard, Adobe Art Gallery, 2018, 5×7 inches

Runes Revealed–Contemporary Artists Respond to an Ancient Alphabet: A Mixed-Media Exhibition by Nordic 5 Arts postcard, Adobe Art Gallery, 2017, 5×7 inches

40th Area Artists’ Annual Juried Exhibition: Meaning Through Making postcard, Adobe Art Gallery, 2017, 4×6 inches

Wake, Sleep, Repeat: Repetition in the Everyday exhibition postcard, Adobe Art Gallery, 2017, 4×6 inches

The Artist Within 2 exhibition postcard, Adobe Art Gallery, 2017, 6×4 inches

Looking Forward exhibition postcard, Adobe Art Gallery, 2017, 4×6 inches