Ashleigh Coleman was born in the mountains of Virginia.  She received her BA in Art History and English from the University of South Carolina.  Since 2010, Ashleigh has lived in rural Mississippi.

Her art has been exhibited at shows across the United States, including her solo shows Runes at the Fischer Galleries in Jackson, Mississippi and Piece of Heart at the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture.  Her work has also shown at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Soho Photo Gallery in NYC, the University of West Virginia, the University of Southern Mississippi, and Barrister's Gallery in New Orleans. Currently some of her work is part of Looking for Appalachia's traveling exhibition.

Online her work has appeared, among other places, in Eyes on the South by Oxford American, Lenscratch, Looking at AppalachiaStrant, and 51 Instagram Photographers to Follow in the U.S. by Time LightBox.  

Recent publications include Southern Living, Oxford American MagazineGarden& Gun Magazine, Click Magazine, Okra Magazine, Let’s ExploreMagazine, and Southern Glossary Magazine.

Ashleigh is a founding member of Due South Co.

Artist Statement

As a child I remember, vividly, spending long hours riding in the car.  To amuse myself, I pretended I was a detective who had to remember how to get home again-- memorizing the visual landscape, searching for small clues along the way.

Eventually I outgrew this game; however, fragments of it lingered.

I look for answers through the lens of my inherited Hasselblad.  I look for clues.  I look for my way home.  


Ashleigh is represented by Fischer Galleries.

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