MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art)
Leslie Hirst works across media to consider the language of materials in relation to place. Her works often address the links between the verbal and visual, and are informed by historical and cultural exchanges between objects and their meaning through the passage of time.
Hirst has had solo exhibitions at: Museo del Merletto MUVE Contemporaneo, a collateral event at La Biennale di Venezia, 56th International Art Exhibition (Italy); Kunstverein Baden (Austria); Center for Visual Research at Cedar Crest College (PA); Pavel Zoubok Gallery (NY).
Her group exhibitions include: Museu Do Douro, Peso Da Régua (Portugal); Temple University Art Gallery, Rome (Italy); Weatherspoon Art Museum (NC); Hunterdon Art Museum (NJ); VI Biennale di Soncino a Marco in Soncino (Italy); Pavel Zoubok Gallery (NY); Maryland Art Place/m.a.p. (MD); Delaware Center for Contemporary Art (DE); Kala Art Institute (CA); Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (NC); Islip Art Museum (NY); Creative Arts Workshop (CT); Center for Contemporary Art in Pont-Aven, France; Gregory Lind Gallery (CA).
Honors and awards include the Rhode Island Foundation's MacColl Johnson Fellowship, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the RISD Musuem, and a Fellowship in Printmaking and Drawing from the Rhode Island Council on the Arts. She has been a two-time nominee for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. Artist residency appointments include AIR Krems (Austria), Yaddo (NY), The Emily Harvey Foundation/Venice, Centre d'Art Marnay Art Center/France (CAMAC), Blue Mountain Center (NY), Ucross Foundation (WY), Djerassi Resident Artists Program (CA), and Hall Farm Center for Artists and Educators (VT).
MFA 2001: Mount Royal Graduate School at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
BFA 1999: School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Painting Concentration)