Leda Cempellin (born Italy) earned her Research Doctorate in Art History at the University of Parma, Italy, in 2004. The following year she moved to the United States. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Art History at South Dakota State University’s School of Design.
Her research work addresses issues of modern and contemporary art history with cross-disciplinary interests including the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Honors Education, Museum Studies.
She has authored the book l’Iperrealismo ‘Fotografico’ Americano in Pittura. Risonanze storiche nella East e nella West Coast (2004), the monograph Conversazioni with Don Eddy-Conversations with Don Eddy (2000) and the monograph Leigh Behnke: Real Spaces, Imagined Lives, with an interview by Jeri Hise (2005).
The book l’Iperrealismo ‘Fotografico’ Americano in Pittura has become the ready-made of the Access Denied project (2009-2010) involving studio art, art education and graphic design students from different provenance, it has evolved into an exhibition (Nuova Museologia, vol. 27, November 2012, pp.5-7: ), and later back into cross-disciplinary scholarship (International Journal of Education & the Arts, 2013: ).
Her most recent research project is centered on world-renowned artist Daniel Spoerri. Part of her interview with the artist on the Giardino sculpture garden in Seggiano has appeared in the catalogue of the exhibition at the Forum Kunst Rottweil in September-October 2013 . Her most recent research project, centered on Daniel Spoerri’s Edition MAT of multiples in late modern sculpture, has been published in the special issue of Nierika in June 2015 . Currently, she is working on a monograph on Spoerri, which she plans to publish in the US.
As US correspondent for the Italian art magazine Juliet since 2013, she has interviewed several personalities in the art world, including Eleanor Heartney, Hye Yeon Nam, Charles R. Garoian, Sharon Louden, Mia Pearlman, Devorah Sperber, Christine Hiebert, Diana Cooper, Michael Glancy, Catherine Morris; upcoming are interviews with Carol Brown Goldberg, Peter Halley, Jonathan Borofsky.
She is currently serving as member of the Education Committee at the College Art Association; as Advisory Board Member of The Journal of American Culture; as International Advisory Board member of Reinvention: An International Journal of Undergraduate Research, a partnership between the University of Warwick & Oxford Brooks (UK) with Monash University (Australia); and as member of The Honors Society of Phi Kappa Phi, where she has been initiated as faculty in 2014.