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She is a founder of Philadelphia Sculptors, the

Philadelphia - based organization of professional

sculptors, and has served as its president

since its inception in 1996. She founded the

Burlington County College Sculpture Garden in

Pemberton, NJ, and directed it for 20 years.

“Ongoing traumas and tragedies are taking

place throughout the world, causing people to

be uprooted, marginalized, expelled, starved

and otherwise treated in the most inhumane


Leslie Kaufman

Leslie Kaufman lives in Philadelphia and has

been active in the arts for over 40 years. She

has exhibited her sculpture in numerous local,

regional, and international shows including a

one-person show at Shippensburg University

(Shippensburg, PA) and a two-person show at

Highwire Gallery (Philadelphia). Other venues

where she has exhibited her work include

Budapest Gallery (Budapest, Hungary) and

Washington Square (Washington, DC), among


Her work has ranged from carved stone and

wood to ceramic sculpture to mixed-media

constructions. She has participated in numerous

collaborative, alternative, and public art

projects, including the “Artfronts Partnership,”

the Main Line Art Center’s “Kites: Art Takes

Flight” and Philadelphia Sculptors’ “Cart Art,”

“Chairs in the Air,” and “A Case for Art.”

I created the Safe Haven series as a response

to this upheaval. I am interested in the

possibilities for escape and new life, even as I

acknowledge the complexities of transitioning

from one place to another. In this series of

sculptures, I chose to repurpose some objects

so that their new identities reflect the

process of bringing to light something that

wasn’t visible before.

Understanding those who are different from

us involves changing our focus from what is

different to what is similar. If we are allowed

the freedom to develop our lives in an

environment not bombarded by hostilities,

life and creativity can return to replace

emptiness and despair.”

Leslie Kaufman | April 2018

Safe Haven: Root

Wood, cardboard, plaster, fabric, mixed

33 x 48 x 33 cm | 2018


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