Leonard Galmon

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

high school: Cohen College Prep

college: Yale University

MAJOR: Visual Arts

Leonard Galmon was born on May 29, 1996 to a teenage single mother in New Orleans, Louisiana. He's the oldest of six children and has always strived to take care of them and serve as a positive male role model.

Growing up, Leonard enjoyed drawing and took every opportunity to sketch the things he saw in the environment around him. Luckily, during his freshman year in high school, he took the opportunity to audition for the Talented Visual Arts program. He immersed himself into the program, and he discovered he not only loved art, but he was also pretty talented. His art teacher suggested he submit an application to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), a pre−professional art school with many noteworthy alumni, including Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Wendell Pierce, and Anthony Mackie.

Leonard was admitted to NOCCA in the fall of 2013, and many of his pieces have been featured in local art exhibitions. Last year Leonard had two pieces of artwork shown in the annual Teen Exhibition of the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), which showcases the work of teenage artists across the New Orleans area. This year he will have another piece shown in the exhibition called "Walk Away." This piece Leonard considers his crowning achievement as a young artist. According to his instructors, it shows great technical prowess and artistic skill, while also displaying a concept that addresses an issue he considers very important: the amount of violence that surrounds African American youth in New Orleans.

Leonard hopes to one day use his influence as an artist to address the issues facing our society today, with particular emphasis on African American communities. He feels the first step to solving these problems is to raise awareness. He also hopes to introduce our young people to the joys of creating artwork. He feels that art, especially drawing, was instrumental to his development as a person and and his appreciation of self-expression.

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