Simone Leigh creates ceramic works, videos and installations informed by her interest in African art, ethnographic research, feminism and performance. She is a 2012 Creative Capital Grantee. In 2011, Simone was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant and was an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem from 2010–11. She has exhibited work at The Kitchen and the SculptureCenter in New York City; the Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna; L’Appartement22 in Rabbat, Morocco; the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh; and the AVA Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa.
Leigh has been awarded grants and residencies including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program, the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program, the Art Matters Foundation grant and the New York Foundation for The Arts Fellowship for Sculpture. Her work has been written about in Modern Painters, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art and Ebony Magazine.