Ahlander, Leslie Judd
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May 13, 1915 - Sep. 2, 2013
Leslie Judd Ahlander, 98, of Sarasota, Florida, passed away on September 2, 2013. Born in New York City, she was educated in Europe and completed her studies in art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She began her distinguished career in art in the position of assistant to the Director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Subsequently she moved to Washington D.C. to work on art programs and exhibitions at the US Office of Education. She then worked on visual arts programs at the Pan American Union before leaving to become the art critic at the Washington Post, a position she held for thirteen years. Subsequently, she became the Curator of Education at the Corcoran Gallery. She left Washington D.C. to become the Director of Education and then the first Curator of Contemporary Art at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida. From there, she moved to Miami, Florida, to become the first Coordinator of the Art in Public Places program for Dade County. In addition to her art criticism, she also wrote articles on art that appeared in several publications including the Christian Science Monitor, Art International, and Art News, as well as in many exhibition catalogs. Among the awards she received was a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993 from the Florida Art Museum Directors Association.
She is survived by her son, Robert Portner, of Chicago, IL, and her daughter, Henley Portner, of Bethesda, MD.
Published in Herald Tribune from Sept. 29 to Sept. 30, 2013