Leslie Boyd (they/she) is an artist and educator whose practice sites itself on the body. Her research interests include cultural appropriation, social practice, gender, and contemporary US political identities/affiliations. She studied Metalsmithing + Jewelry at the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA) and Pratt Institute (BFA).
Leslie has exhibited throughout the US and in venues abroad such as Ghost Gallery in New York, the super+Centercourt Gallery in Munich, Germany, and at Object Rotterdam in Holland. Leslie lives in Denver, CO, the ancestral homelands of the Cheyenne, Ute, and Arapaho peoples. They are an Associate Professor of Art and the Jewelry Area Coordinator at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
In 2018 Leslie established the database Making Progress: Resources for Social Justice in Craft, with the aim to compile a comprehensive collection of resources for artists, educators, and students interested in craft as activism or social practice.
Leslie is a founding member of the JV Collective, a national group of contemporary jewelry artists based in South Philadelphia, on the ancestral homelands of the Lenape peoples.