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Leah Bright

National Museum of the American Indian
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow
Arlington, VA
Growing up in Fairbanks, Alaska, Leah developed
a passion for experimenting and crafting with
natural materials at an early age. She later transferred this interest into a dual degree in Art History and Spanish from the University of Oregon. Leah combined these fields of study by researching artistic responses to border policy along the US-Mexico border and realized her passion for promoting the social power of art. After graduating in 2010 she followed her interest in political art to an internship at the Social and Public Art Resource Center in Los Angeles, California. Next, she returned home to Alaska to gain more experience with natural materials through a student assistant position in the Ethnology and History Department at the University of Alaska, Museum of the North. Leah then journeyed east to gain practical experience through internships within the Smithsonian Institution, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Freer and Sackler Galleries, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In her free time, Leah enjoys salsa dancing, baking, practicing her Spanish, and thrift store shopping.