LeeAnn Mitchell

  1. Born 1961, Memphis, Tennessee
  2. B.A. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville 1983
  3. M.F.A. The University of Colorado, Boulder 1986
  4. Sculptor, arts administrator, curator, consultant, juror
LeeAnn Mitchell portrait by Peacock Photos
Photo by Alison Peacock


LeeAnn Mitchell’s work has been included in over one hundred and twenty exhibitions with solo exhibitions at the Memphis Center for Contemporary Art, Zoller Gallery at Pennsylvania State University and the William J. Thompson Gallery at the University of Georgia. She has shown her installations, sculptures and paintings throughout the United States. She served as the Public Art Assistant for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games Cultural Olympiad in 1996, was the Associate Curator for the University of Tennessee Sculpture Tour in Knoxville, Tennessee from 1987-1993 and has served as an independent curator for the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. From 1999-2006 she served as Central Office Administrator for the Artist-Blacksmith’s Association of North America, Inc.

She is President and CEO of LeeAnn Mitchell Arts, Inc., a professional company dedicated to managing individuals, projects and organizations in the arts and crafts, with a particular focus in metal. LeeAnn works and resides in Farmington, Georgia with her husband and fellow sculptor Jim Buonaccorsi.

October 2020

Photo of LeeAnn Mitchell welding

Artist Statement

Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will… Charles Baudelaire

For the past thirty-five years I have worked with a variety of materials, processes and exhibition formats. My sculpture has always been a three-dimensional conversation with myself. The work varies in format, usage of materials and the issues addressed. I develop ideas for my work from the societal information around me. The content in the work can range from the personal to the socio-political and is often infused with dark humor.

The one constant in my work has been an adherence to the importance of the object and the craftsmanship involved with the process of making a piece of sculpture that lasts. While the strenuous labor of metal casting occurs out of the view of the audience, the power of the objects produced is the visual symphony I seek.