Leslie Shirah is a professional artist and educator living in Columbus, Georgia. She received her BFA in ceramics and sculpture from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia and her MFA in sculpture from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. The negative impact of human consumption on flora and fauna influences her work. Leslie has exhibited her work nationally and is a contributing artist to the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University’s permanent collection. She has led workshops in papermaking, felting, ceramics, and mold-making nationally and presented at the Sculpture Consortium of North Carolina hosted at East Carolina University in 2009 and is a contributing artist to the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Leslie is currently teaching art at Brookstone School.