Leslie Noell Bio


Leslie Noell is an artist, designer, and educator based in western North Carolina. Leslie is the director of programs at Penland School of Crafts where she plans educational programming in a range of craft and fine art media and oversees artist residencies, exhibitions, and community collaboration projects. She has lectured widely and often serves as a guest critic and curator.


Leslie earned a degree in graphic design from NC State University College of Design and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She spent two years as a core fellow at Penland exploring craft media and processes and studied typography and printmaking at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Leslie has been a resident artist at Caversham Press (Kwazulu Natal, South Africa), Jentel Artist Residency Program (Banner, WY), and the Winter Print Residency at Penland. Her work has been shown throughout the country in a number of exhibitions including the Hickory Museum of Art, Holter Museum of Art, Asheville Art Museum, and Mobile Museum of Art.