Artist Bio

Leah Tumerman has traveled the world in search of a home.  A dramatic landscape, a community of makers, doers, believers.  She is also consistently on the trail of a good story, be it hers, yours, the story of The City, the stories of memory & nostalgia, and the stories of dreams. Leah believes in the potency of images, our first language, and is inspired by layers, repetition, things both charming and grotesque (especially the blurry lines between) and also the impressively varied potential of pencil markings. Leah’s walls are full of stories. She cannot imagine a home of any other fashion. The Story Bizarre is her way of helping you fill yours.

Leah Tumerman studied visual art and creative writing with both Belmont University in Nashville, Tennesse, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently resides and creates art in Oakland, CA.



The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFAW 2008
Belmont University, Nashville TN, BFA in Painting & Edu 2005

Working Artist 2009– present
Full-Time 5/2015-present

Collection Development Consultant · Mayo
Health System, Wisconsin 6/2010 – 11/2010
Educator · Watkins College of Art & Design,
Nashville TN 5/2004-5/2005

Public Art Outreach Edu Intern/Assistant·
Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville


Two Hundred Show, Kitty Hawk Gallery, Sebastopol,CA January 2016
Abrams Claghorn Gallery, Albany, CA 2015-present
Innerstellar, Berkeley, CA Autumn 2015
SF Open Studios Exhibit Top Ten Artists ToSee, October 2014
For the Sea Lies All Around Us, Nashville TN,Summer 2012
RP Annual ArtWalk, Chicago IL, October 2011
I Dreamt, I Dream, Ainsworth Gallery, JolietIL, 2011
Gutter Bunny Project, White Box Space,Chicago 2010
Various Works, ThreeBirdsGallery, Chicago IL,2010
moor mourn memoria, G2, Chicago 2007
Galleria Gianonne, Forte Di Marmi, Italy 2006
Nashville, Tennessee (TBA/2016) Bongo Java & OFF THE WALL
San Francisco, Lavation Fitness (2015) Kezar Stadium-scape -975 sq feet
San Francisco, Birdsong (2015) Assistant to Josh Coffy -6000 sq feet
San Francisco, Java Beach Cafe (Spring 2015)A History of the Sunset -400 sq feet
San Francisco, Live Painting/ Interactive Murals, WhiskSF, YBCA Annie Street,Twitch and Thumbtack (2015-16)
Chicago The Long Room, Interior/Exterior, (2014-2015) Floral Art Deco Fusion -100 &350 sq feet
Chicago Interiors (2012-13) Bear Tea Party, Ninja with Eagle, Gus’s Enchanted Forest,
Chicago, Playworks Chicago (2012) A Cityscape/Playscape
Chicago, City of Chicago (2011) Urban Oasis – 600 sq feet
Wisconsin, Mayo Clinic Systems (2010) A Midwestern I Spy

Castagneto Carducci, Italy (2006) Le Dame d’Olive


DePaul University Guest Lecturer, Text/Image in Hybrid, Fall 2011
DePaul University Writing Conference Faculty, 2011
Publication in Illustration, Smokelong Quarterly, 2008
Licensed by the State of Tennessee, Department of Education, 5/2005-8/2010
Belmont University Writing Award, 2005
Frank Leu Russel III Scholarship for Outstanding Artist 2003