Leslie Bostrom


Leslie Bostrom received her BA from the University of Maine, Orono, and her BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Between undergraduate and graduate school, she worked as a master printer in San Francisco, specializing in intaglio.

Bostrom has taught drawing, painting, and printmaking at Brown University for 33 years. She has exhibited her work in solo shows in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, St. Paul, Philadelphia, Seoul, South Korea, and Sydney AUS, and has been represented in group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times and the New Yorker. Her most recent solo show was at the Main Gallery at University of Rhode Island, where she exhibited large paintings that were “combination” images on stretched canvas and sheets of plywood. Bostrom is interested in the interaction of words and images in painting and for most of her career she has been making works that engage political topics such as environmental degradation, human migration, feminism, and LGBQT issues.  Her most recent paintings feature birds that she has seen while pursuing one of her other passions- birding.

Bostrom has lectured about her work at over 30 universities and museums, most recently at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China.  


Select solo/two person exhibitions


WILDLIFE, New Paintings, Anglim/Trimble Gallery, San Francisco, CA    



This Story Started a Lot Earlier, Main Gallery, University of Rhode Island


The Uncanny, watercolors, Vidi Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Drawings On Plywood, Project Room, URI


New Paintings, Atrium Gallery, Granoff Center, Brown University


Small Paintings, Pennsylvania State University, Abington


New Paintings, Chazen Gallery, Wheeler School, Providence, RI


Monster Flowers, Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York

Select group exhibitions


Re-Examining Conservation, Juried Show, Granoff Center, Brown University

Re-Seeding the City RI Statehouse


Reimagining Gender: Voices, Power, Action URI Main Gallery


Network Rhode Island Anniversary Show, Candita Clayton, Pawtucket

2015 Faculty Exhibition, Bell Gallery, Brown University


19 on Paper @ 25 Years, Newport Art Museum


Gallery Group Show, Brenda Taylor Gallery, NYC

San Diego Art Fair, represented by Brenda Taylor, San Diego CA

Networks 2010 Newport Art Museum, also featured in a video made by Richard Goulis, to premier October 17th at Chace Center, RISD. Will also be shown on Channel 36.

Select visiting artist


Artist Lecture Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

Conference Lecture, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China 2014

Visiting Artist, Pennsylvania State University, Abington


Visiting Critic, RISD, Graduate Printmaking


Visiting Artist/Lecturer, University of New England, Biddeford, Maine

Public collections

Fage USA

Bell Gallery, Brown University

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Stedman Art Gallery, Camden Campus, Rutgers University Providence Public Library

Newport Art Museum Naksan Gallery, Seoul, Korea Debs & Co. Gallery, NY Arjo Wiggins Company University of Rhode Island

Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, France



Anya Ventura, “Monster Flowers/Leslie Bostrom”, Art New England


Networks 2010 catalog and video


Meredith Fife Day “The Bird Disaster Series: Works by Leslie Bostrom”

Art New England, April/May ’05 p.35


Christine Temin, “Annual’ a la carte”, Boston Globe, Friday, June 18

Catalog, The 2004 DeCordova Annual Exhibition•Catalog, It’s for the Birds, Bernice Steinbaum, curator


Hammond, Harmony, Lesbian Art in America  A Contemporary History pp.133, illustration, also pp. 196,197 Rizzoli, 2000