Leslie Shellow is a Baltimore based artist who grew up in the Washington DC area. Her work consists of ink drawing on panel and paper, oil painting on panel, bookmaking, printmaking and cut paper 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.
In 2017, Leslie was selected as a Baker Artist Award Finalist and in 2015, a Sondheim Prize Semi-finalist. In addition, she was awarded the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for Works on Paper 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.
She has exhibited in such venues as The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Silber Art Gallery at Goucher College, the National Institute of Health, Carroll Square Gallery in Washington DC, Arlington Arts Center and Greater Reston Art Center in Virginia. In February 2018, Leslie spent 4 weeks at the Jentel Artist Residency in Sheridan, Wyoming which led to her most recent solo show in the Gibbs Street Gallery at Vis Arts in Rockville, MD through November, 2018.
She currently teaches Drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art and is a Gallery Assistant and Framer at Fleckenstein Gallery and Archival Framing.