Leslie Boyd (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs) is is an artist, jeweler, 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 Pratt Institute (BFA) and the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA). 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 where they are an Assistant 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 also a founding member of the JV Collective, a national group of jewelry artists based in South Philadelphia.