Leah Cooper is a Baltimore artist who is captivated by the everyday. Her focus often narrows to the smallest of cracks on the sidewalk and the faintest of shadows on the wall. Using contextually dependent installation she explores an expanded notion of drawing that questions where the liminal state exists between what is noticed and what is overlooked. She is an avid observer, a determined thinker, a purposeful maker, and an artist who designates a piece successful when it has generated more questions, rather than illustrated a single answer.
Leah received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and her BA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2016 she was a recipient of the Franz and Virginia Bader grant. She was a 2015 Trawick Prize Finalist and a 2010 Janet & Walter Sondheim Finalist. In addition to her year as finalist, she was a Sondheim Semifinalist in 2012, 2014, and 2015.  She received Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Grants in 2017 & 2011 and a William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund B Grant in 2013. She has shown in The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Stamp, Arlington Art Center, VisArts Center, Montpellier Arts Center, Gallery at the University of Maryland and RTKL Architecture Firm.