Leah Hamel is a professional artist, art educator, and writer based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Art from University of Alabama in Birmingham in 2012 specializing in ceramics and sculpture with a minor in art history. Hamel was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Louisiana State University within the College of Art and Design and held a position as the Campus Exhibition Coordinator during her tenure there. She completed her Master of Fine Art in 2016 receiving the Dean’s Medal of Honor for leadership and academic achievement.
Post graduate school, Hamel worked with Manship Theatre as the Art Education Coordinator and Grants Coordinator. She is now the Director of Arts Markets for Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge as well as teaching visual art at University of Louisiana Lafayette and a Visiting lecturer for the Visual Arts Department at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama played a large part on the style of work that she creates today. Living in an urban setting, while spending free time and vacations in the woods her entire life has set the stage for the parallels she draws in her work between the man-made and natural world. The cyclical process is always apparent- in architecture, in nature, and also existing in who we are as humans individually and through our relationships with others.