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Bryan Leister works across a broad range of media reflecting his education in design and his career as an illustrator and artist.
His work has been commissioned for the covers of many national and international magazines, including Time, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Der Spiegel and the Atlantic Monthly. He has won over 100 awards from competitions such as Communication Arts, the Art Directors Club of Washington DC, the Illustrators Club of Washington DC, AIGA, Graphis, PRINT and a gold and silver medal from the Society of Illustrators in NYC.
Leister's paintings are in the collections of The Museum of American Art, The District of Columbia Historical society, Kohler, Celestial Seasonings, James River Paper Company, Blue Cross Blue Shields and many private collections.
His installation, animation and video work has been shown at the The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Provisions Gallery, Warehouse Gallery, The Pyramid Atlantic, The Woolly Mammoth Theater and the Arlington Arts Center. Temporal Interference, a collaboration with the Jane Franklin Dance Company, was performed at The Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, Perfomatica in Pueblas, Mexico and at the King Center in Denver, CO.
In 2008, two of his short films, “P.R” and “drop” were screened in festivals throughout the country, including the Altanta Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, New York Underground Film Festival, Brooklyn Arts Film Festival, the Chicago Underground Film Festival. “P.R.” was also awarded a jurors prize in the 27th Black Maria Film Festival.
Leister currently works from his studio in Denver, Colorado and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver where he teaches Digital Design and Transmedia. He received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA in Art and Visual Technology from George Mason University.