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Leah Woods

Office: Art & Art History, College of Liberal Arts, Durham, NH 03824

With interests ranging from geography, to the figure, to outdoor sculpture, my artwork varies in content, technique, and function. Over the years, I have designed and built several bodies of work exploring ideas such as: A Personal Wardrobe-Cabinets investigating clothing and the female form, Footloose- A series of cabinets for high-heeled shoes, Structure- An investigation of mannequins and dress forms, and most recently, Navigation- An exploration of autobiographical maps.

My work is methodical and measured in its process. I experiment with ideas for weeks at a time drawing and building models so as to fully understand my concept. My work has been shown through the Center for Design and Craftsmanship exhibitions in Cheltenham, England, the Cheongju Biennale exhibition in Korea, and at galleries in Boston and Philadelphia.

With strong interests in traveling and experiencing diverse cultures and traditions of art making, I have had several artist residencies that have fueled my ideas and imagination.

Courses Taught

  • ARTS 525: Introductory Woodworking
  • ARTS 567: Introductory Sculpture
  • ARTS 625: Wood/Furniture Design Workshop
  • ARTS 625/667: Wood/Furniture Design Workshop
  • ARTS 796: Independent Study: Studio Art


  • M.F.A., Woodworking and Furniture Design, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • B.A., Art History, Depaul University

Research Interests

  • Applied arts
  • Craft Arts
  • Creative Arts
  • Decorative Arts
  • Design Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Indigenous Arts
  • Traditional Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Wood/furniture design

Artistic Activities

  • Public/Private: The Arc of Longing (2016).

  • The Powder Room (2016).

  • Schools of Thought (2015).

  • A Department of Makers (2014).

  • Precision Cut (2014).

  • Navigation (2014).

  • Batram's Boxes Remix (2013).

  • Emotion in Wood (2013).

  • Furniture by Three Women (2013).

  • Your Personal Hangups (2012).