Leslie Bellavance was named President of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) in July 2015. She concurrently holds the office of Vice President of Ferris State University. She previously served as dean and director of graduate programs of the School of Art and Design in the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and before that as a professor of art and the director of the School of Art and Art History at James Madison University in Virginia. She was also a member of the faculty of the Department of Visual Art in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also served as head of the Photography Program, director of Graduate Studies in Art and interim associate dean. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia, and has been recognized with numerous awards and grants, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She was awarded a residency for her book, analemmic, which was published by Nexus Press in Atlanta, Georgia. President Bellavance has also been active on the boards, in program development, grant writing, and as a curator for alternative art centers such as West Hubbard Gallery in Chicago, Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee, the Walker’s Point Art Center in Milwaukee, and the Arts Council of the Valley in Virginia. She has written and lectured extensively on contemporary art. Her articles, essays, and reviews have been published in such journals as Sculpture Magazine, Art Papers, and The New Art Examiner.
President Bellavance serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and on the Board of Directors of Creative Many Michigan. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the College Art Association and served on the Executive Committee of Board for the National Council of Arts Administrators.
President Bellavance received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia.