Simone Leigh

Visual Arts, 2012

Simone Leigh creates ceramic works, videos and installations informed by her interest in African art, ethnographic research, feminism and performance art. She was an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem from 2010–11. She has exhibited work at SculptureCenter and The Kitchen in New York City; the Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna; L’Appartement22 in Rabbat, Morocco; the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh; and the AVA Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. Leigh has been awarded numerous grants and residencies, including a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program, Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program, the Art Matters Foundation grant and the New York Foundation for The Arts Fellowship for sculpture. Her work has been written about in Modern PaintersThe New York Times and Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art.

Awards and Accomplishments

2016: Simone Leigh has won a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship

2014: Leigh's West Coast solo debut, Code Switch, opens at Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco, CA

2014: Leigh, along with fellow awardees Otabenga Jones & Associates and Xenobia Bailey, participates in Funk, God, Jazz and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn, co-presented by Creative Time and the Weeksville Heritage Center at various venues in Brooklyn


Leigh has solo exhibition at The Kitchen in New York


Leigh has solo exhibition, jam packed and jelly tight, at Jack Tilton Gallery


Leigh is the recipient of the  2012 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's President's Award in Visual Arts, now called The Michael Richards Award for Visual Arts


Leigh is included in The Bearden Project at The Studio Museum in Harlem


Leigh receives a 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant