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Employing insect-inspired forms which become metaphors for the present human condition, my current works are narrative and contemplative in nature.  These stories illustrate personal inquiry into social behavior, ethics and, most recently, politics. Fragmented, altered with mechanical elements or recontextualized, these life forms reference our fascination with immortality and desire with the underlying yearning to connect, communicate and gain insight.

Leah Hardy completed a BFA at the University of Kansas in 1987, including a year abroad at
Howard Gardens Art School in Cardiff, Wales, UK (1986-87) and earned her MFA from the
University of Indiana, Bloomington in 1990.
Exhibited nationally and internationally, Hardy’s intimately scaled mixed media sculptural works
explore and reference our fascination with immortality and desire with the underlying yearning
to connect, communicate and gain insight. Hardy’s work has garnered numerous awards and
inclusions in books, periodicals, juried and invitational exhibitions. Currently a Professor of Art at
the University of Wyoming, Hardy heads the Metalsmithing curriculum. She has conducted
research in North India on traditional metalsmithing techniques and has co-taught a university
art course in India for five summers. In 2017 Hardy was an invited Visiting Artist at the University of
South Australia, Adelaide, during which time she directed a collaborative project, In Camels’
Footsteps. The project began with a weeklong camel trek with artists in South Australia
culminating in exhibitions in Adelaide and Sydney in 2018 highlighting artwork in response to the
experience. More recently Hardy has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Texas, Oregon,
Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Wyoming as well as has had work purchased in 2021 by the Enamel Arts Foundation for their international collection in Los Angeles, CA and by the Emprise Bank in Wichita, KS.  Hardy lives with her spouse, Mark Ritchie, professor and printmaker, in Laramie, Wyoming where they share a love of fresh air, travel and creative endeavors.

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