Leandra Urrutia specializes in three-dimensional art and predominately works in clay. Her art addresses discordant elements of attraction, repulsion, perseverance and power. Ms. Urrutia’s building expertise ranges from trompe l’oeil to abstraction with a multitude of technical proficiencies, including large- scale solid building and carve-out. Ms. Urrutia is a co-founding member of Studio Nong: An International Sculpture Collective and Residency Program that originated in Nanning, Guangxi Province, China. She was the recipient of an Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic inspiration in Memphis, Tennessee and honored as an Emerging Artist by the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition to exhibiting her work locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, Ms. Urrutia’s sculpture can also be found in the Lark Ceramic Books collection, specifically 500 Figures in Clay and 500 Ceramic Sculptures. She is an Associate Professor of Studio Art and teaches beginning and intermediate courses in clay sculpture and idea development. She lives and teaches in Memphis, Tennessee and has been serving the Memphis College of Art community since 2002.