Leslie Shellow was born in Washington DC in 1969 and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She has exhibited in such venues as Loyola University of Maryland, Arlington Arts Center, Greater Reston Arts Center, McLean Project for the Arts, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the National Institute of Health and the Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, MD.
In 2015, she was selected as a Sondheim Prize semi-finalist and exhibited her most recent installation at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Meyerhoff Gallery. Leslie was awarded the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2010, 2013 and 2016. She holds an MFA in Painting from Towson University, a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Education from the Evergreen State College. Her work consists of oil painting on panel, ink drawing on panel and paper, printmaking, bookmaking and installation. Pulling her imagery from observations of nature, both in the visible world and through microscopes, Leslie addresses natural processes such as growth, decay and regeneration. Mold, lichen, corral, cells, viruses and bacteria are among the many natural elements that influence her work.
She currently teaches Drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art and is a Gallery Assistant at Fleckenstein Gallery in Baltimore, MD.