Leila Bandar attended Bard College (‘99) and Boston University (‘01) for graduate school. During her first years in Vermont (2001-2004) she worked at the Vermont Studio Center as Sculpture Technician. Beginning in 2003, she accepted the position of Gallery Director at Johnson State College and continued teaching part-time. In 2014, she shifted away from Gallery Director to invest time and energy into undergraduate students and their career paths. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Marianna Pineda Award from BU awarded to one student per year graduating in the Fine Arts. Through a commitment to sculpture, Leila has come to see how a practice in the arts can reveal magical and unexpected journeys.