Inter-disciplinary artist, writer and educator Valerie LeBlanc has presented throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia. Her creations travel between video poetry, fiction, performance, visual and written theory.
She was an Associate in the Media Arts, as well as an Artist in Residence in Visual Arts, Writing and in the Music Departments at the Banff Centre; Artist in Residence in Vallauris, France; Visiting Scholar, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Australia, and more recently a Fellow at the Everglades National Park, Florida.
Valerie has been creating video poetry since the mid 1980’s. In 2011, she screened her video poem: The Renovation, during her presentation at the Ruins Conference, Senate House London, UK. In 2012, she published her play: The Raft, through Basic Bruegel Editions. Also in 2012, LeBlanc brought the MPB Street / Screen Encounter to Eyelevel Gallery’s World Portable Gallery Convention, Halifax, NS. Creating the MediaPackBoard (MPB) portable screening / performance apparatus in 2005, LeBlanc has uses the device as impetus for events involving art centers and public audiences / participators. She has curated the work of other artists into the MPB events. Also in 2005, she was included in the CCCA’s Canadian Art Database, Concordia University. In 2009, she was included in the Fringe Online project, a co-presentation of V-tape and the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.
In 2014, in collaboration with several artist / writers and editor / curator Diana Sherlock, LeBlanc released the ePub: MPB-X. This critical discourse on portability in art and art dissemination is available for free download. Collaborations are not new to LeBlanc. In 1998, she was commissioned by the December 6 Committee to create the sculpture Courage and Hope, in commemoration of the Montréal Massacre. She worked with women and girls in NB communities to gather representative aspirations to carve onto the glass of the sculpture. The work is on permanent display in Moncton City Hall.
From 2001 – 07, she was a Faculty Member in the Media Arts + Digital Technologies Department, The Alberta College of Art + Design. After beginning a Research PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in the Visual Arts), University of Sydney, AU, 2013, Valerie returned to Moncton, NB.
In July 2014 Valerie LeBlanc and Daniel Dugas were invited by the Everglades National Park as AIRIE Fellows. As a result of their residency they were invited by AIRIE to participate in the prestigious Miami Book Fair International in November. Under the project title FLOW: BIG WATERS, they presented a series of video poems based on their research. Valerie also took part in a panel discussion on the intersections of art and science. In March 2015, LeBlanc took part in AnthropoScene: Art and Nature in a Manufactured Era at the University of Miami, March 2015. The soundmap has been launch on March 1, 2016.