Photo of Leigh-ann Pahapill
Photo of Leigh-ann Pahapill
Leigh-ann Pahapill
Faculty of Art

Area(s) of Expertise

Sculpture, Video, photography


Leigh-Ann Pahapill (BFA York University, MFA University of Chicago) is a sculpture and installation artist based in Toronto. Her works look at how language and thought influence our experiences of objects and space.  Exploring these affect-rich and highly metaphorical mediations, Pahapill creates interventions, recordings, assemblies, and disassemblies that are simultaneously alienating and seductive.

Pahapill has won numerous awards for her studio and academic work including a 2010 Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Award for emerging artists, the 2007 Graduate Teaching Award from the University of Chicago, and several undergraduate awards from York University including the Convocation Award for Academic Distinction.  The Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts have also generously supported Leigh-Ann’s work.  Upcoming and recent solo exhibitions include the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Florida (2012), 47 Toronto (2009) and DOVA Temporary, Chicago (2009).  Recent group exhibitions include Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels (2011), Labyrint 09 - Writing and Observations, Botkyrka Konsthall, Sweden (2010), and Titles V, Art Metropole, Toronto (2009). A current Thomas P. Johnson Visiting Artist at Rollins College, Florida, and  a recent MacDowell Colony Fellow (2011), Pahapill also participated in two themeatic residencies at the Banff Centre in 2010 and 2008.