Leslie Stefanson

Leslie Stefanson was born and raised in northern Minnesota.  She graduated with a degree in English Literature from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City.  She worked as an actress in both film and television before devoting her time to sculpting.  She studied anatomy and figure sculpture extensively in both Los Angeles and New York City. 

She currently lives and works in New York City with her partner, James Spader, and their son.  


Barnard College
New York City, NY, 1993
BA in English Literature

Robert Cunningham Studio
Los Angeles, CA, 2000-2004 
Sculpting in clay from the human form. Anatomy and life drawing. Stone sculpture workshop. Mold making and casting. 

Otis Art School
Los Angeles, CA, 2004-2005
Stone sculpture study 

Los Angeles Art College
Los Angeles, CA, 2006-2007
Ecorche study: Rey Bustos
Life drawing: Rey Bustos 

Art Students League
New York City, NY. 2009-2010; 2014-2016; 2022-2023
Life drawing: Frank Porcu;
Mixed media and assemblage: Leonid Lerman
Wax sculpture/direct casting: Oscar Garcia 
Ceramic sculpture study: Yasumitsu Morito

Group Shows

Midwestern Invitational exhibition of Fine Arts:
The Rourke Art Gallery and Museum.
Moorhead, MN. 2010.

National Sculpture Society’s 86th Annual Awards Exhibition:
Brookgreen Gardens.
Pawleys’s Island, SC. 2019.

National Sculpture Society Gallery:
New York City, NY. 2019-2020.

Light Space and Time Online Gallery:
9th Annual “All Women” Art Exhibition. 2020

Visiting Artist

Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Snowmass, CO 2021


Gold Medal and Charlotte Geffken Prize. 
National Sculpture Society. 
“La Bestia”. 2019.