Leah Oates has a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Fulbright Fellow for study at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.
Oates recently had a solo show at Susan Eley Fine Art, NYC and has had numerous solo shows at venues, including the Central Park Arsenal Gallery, The Center for Book Arts, Real Art Ways, Tomasulo Gallery, Artemisia Gallery, Anchor Graphics, Woman Made Gallery, Sara Nightingale Gallery, and the Brooklyn Public Library.
Works on paper by Oates are in numerous public collections, including the Harvard University Libraries, Brooklyn Museum Artists' Book Collection, Walker Art Center Libraries, Smithsonian Libraries and the Franklin Furnace Archive at MoMA, NYC.