Bio

Ck Ledesma is a transdisciplinary artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico, living in the diaspora in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their socially engaged practice is centered at the intersections of history, place, experiences, community, and how these influence the creation of our identity(ies). Most recently they've been exploring the legacies of slavery and colonization within Afro-Caribbean food systems, as well as the effects they have had on the formation of Afro-Caribbean cultures.

Ledesma is a Mary L. Nohl Fellow, the co-founder of Cosecha Creative Space, served as the Cesar Chavez Drive Artist-in-Residence and the Milwaukee Public Library, Mitchell Street branch Artist-in-Residence. Recent exhibitions include 2 Productions at Reginald Baylor Studios and From the Heart at the Racine Art Museum. Their public art pieces can be found at the Milwaukee County Court House, Woodland Pattern Book Center, and the Milwaukee Public Library.

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Education

2013 BFA in Painting and Art History, Peck School of the Arts - UWM, Milwaukee, WI 

2011 Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI
2010 Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Paris, France (summer course)
2004 Escuela Central de Artes Visuales, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Grants/Awards

2020 Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists, Established Artist, Milwaukee, WI

2020 Artist-in-Residence, Casa Candela, Cayey, Puerto Rico
2018 Artist-in-Residence, Milwaukee Public Library, Mitchell Street Branch, Milwaukee, WI
2017 Artist-in-Residence, Cesar Chavez Drive, Milwaukee, WI
2016 Visiting/Working Artist, Escuela Central de Artes Visuales, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

2015 Finalist, Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists, Milwaukee, WI
2015 Finalist, Artist-in-Residency, Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, WI
2014 Grant recipient, The Artery, Milwaukee, WI

Commissions

2020 Public Art Commission, mural, acrylic on concrete, Milwaukee County Court House Milwaukee, WI

2019 Public Art Commission, mural, acrylic on wood, Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee, WI

2019 Public Art Piece, mural, acrylic on metal, Artist Working in Education, Milwaukee WI 

2019 Public Art Piece, mural, acrylic on concrete, Revitalize Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 

2018 Public Art Commission, collaborative community mural, acrylic on canvas, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee, WI
2018 Public Art Commission, mural, digital vinyl print, Milwaukee Public Library, 
Milwaukee, WI

2018 Pubic Art Commission, sculpture, plexiglass and iron, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, WI

2018 Public Art Commission, mural, digital vinyl print, The Bus Art Project, Milwaukee, WI 

2017 Public Art Commission, mural, acrylic on brick, Cesar Chavez Drive, Milwaukee, WI 

2017 Public Art Commission, collaborative community mural, acrylic on wood, Journey House, Milwaukee, WI

Photo credit: Ángel Gabriel Guzmán Rivera

Exhibitions/Screenings

2020 Para Las Orishas, Punta Salinas, Solo Show, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
2020 Rum Will Wash It All Away, Casa Candela, Solo Show, Cayey, Puerto Rico 

2020 From The Heart, Racine Art Museum, Group Show, Racine, WI
2019 2 Productions, Reginald Baylor Studios, Group Show, Milwaukee, WI
2019 LULAC Exhibition, Wisconsin Center, Group Show, Milwaukee WI
2018 V, Var Gallery & Studio, Group Show, Milwaukee, WI
2018 Luces, CAV Gallery, Group Screening, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2017 31 Emerge, Walkers Point Center for the Arts, Group Show, Milwaukee, WI 

2017 CultureJam MKE #6 “True Lies”, Redline, Group Show, Milwaukee, WI
2017 Sick and Sad Why Don’t We Make Together, CCS, Group Show, Milwaukee, WI 

2017 Tropicaleo, CCS, Solo Show, Milwaukee, WI
2017 30x30x30, Var Gallery & Studio, Milwaukee, WI
2016 EnMascarado, CAV Gallery, Solo Show, San Juan, PR
2015 Pfister Artist-in-Residence Finalist Show, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the 
Arts, Group Show, Brookfield, WI
2015 Pellicula Musculus, Var Gallery & Studio, Two-Person Show, Milwaukee, WI 

2015 30x30x30, Var Gallery & Studio, Group Show, Milwaukee, WI
2015 iShow, Van Vessem Gallery, Group Show, Tiverton, RI
2015 MARN: Visual Art, Art Bar Gallery, Group Show, Milwaukee, WI
2014 The Artery, Group Show Performance, Milwaukee, WI

2014 Var Gallery & Studio, Group Show, Milwaukee, WI
2013 40th Annual Juried Art Show, UWM Union Art Gallery, Group Show, Milwaukee, WI

Bibliography

Juan Miguel Martinez, Cosecha Creative Space a Place Where Art and Idea Flourish, Shepherd Express, May 27, 2020
Zach Brooke, Where Is the Diversity in MIlwaukee’s Creative Industry? Milwaukee Magazine, December 2, 2019

Allison Dikanovic, Sculpture of Community Self-portraits Unveiled, Urban Milwaukee, December 25, 2018
MPL Staff, First artist-in-residence, brings his art, culture and a taste of his Puerto Rican roots to the library NOW@MPL, October 4th, 2018

Robin DiGiacinto, Mitchell Street Library Mural Wins Applause, Urban Milwaukee, July 19, 2018
Lindsay Anderson, A New Mural Is Being Unveiled at the Mitchell Street Library, Milwaukee Magazine, June 13, 2018

Justin Bacon, Cosecha Creative Space, HIGHBEAM MAGAZINE, October 16, 2017 Emmy Yates, Meet Clarke Square’s Resident Artist, Urban Milwaukee, September 1, 2017