artist bio | Leigh Nelson

Leigh has an interdisciplinary practice including painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, design and animation. Her work can be interpreted as a kinetic visual language unbound by the literal. Physical compositions shift between layers of past, present, and future - a visual voyage interweaving the old and the new, the familiar and the unknown, the prevailing and ethereal.

 

Leigh discovered her passion for visual arts early on in life. After her first published illustration in Sports Illustrated for Kids did not earn any royalties,
a path towards graphic design became inevitable when a high school teacher commended her Microsoft Paint skills. After graduating with a B.S. in design technology and a minor in visual arts from Bemidji State University, Leigh spent several years working in agency and corporate settings before taking
a permanent leave of absence. 

 

Leigh spent the next chapter of her life dedicated to working with people, particularly youth, exploring and living in various parts of the world. Returning to Minnesota and having obtained her master’s in education, Leigh works in youth development and spends time redefining her creative pursuits through various mediums. Inspiration for most of her work is found in the ordinary, bizarre, significance of life itself.  

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Education 

1999 - 2003

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2003 - 2007

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Awards 

2023

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2023

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Exhibitions 

2023

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2023

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