Lucy Wanchun Leith is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in fashion design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 


Her work explores the borders between ritual and obsession, escapism and false protection. Inspired by running, parachutes, mountains, and the idea of home, her designs are made for the modern nomad living between reality and a fantasy world. 



Chicago, IL

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2014-present

Brooklyn, NY

Pratt Institute

Pre-College Summer Program, 2013



2018 SAIC Fashion Exhibition, VenueSix10 at Spertus Institute, Chicago, IL

2017 Interpose, New City Galerie, Burlington, VT

2016 Reflexion, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL

2015  ArtBash, SAIC, Chicago, IL

2014 Sysematic Paradox, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT (co-curator)

2014 National YoungArts Exhibition, Miami, FL

2014 Vermont Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Exhibition, Brattleboro Museum &Art Center, Brattleboro, VT



October 2016-Present

Generator VT Sewing and Patternmaking Instructor, Burlington, VT

  • Teaches students how to make 3-dimensional fabric models from 2-dimensional paper patterns
  • Teaches middle and high school students through the King Street Youth Center

May 2015-Present

Kate Donnelly Artist and Teaching Assistant, Burlington, VT                                                                 

  • Supervised dozens of young artists ages 6 to 12
  • Coordinated Prep work for performance Crossing Pine
  • Documented performances through photos and videos. Created and edited a multimedia project using Adobe Premier.

September 2016-Present

BCA Center Gallery and Visitors Services, Burlington, VT

  • Gallery Volunteer
  • Interacts with the public, assists with installations, and provides general support to gallery staff.

March 2015

Swarovski Launch SS/16 Project, NY NY, Chicago, IL                                                                      

  • Assistant to designer
  • Beaded, sewed, and assembled pattern pieces for four different pairs of designer shoes.



SAIC Buonanno Contemporary Practices Scholarship Nominee, 2015

National YoungArts Foundation Finalist and Silver Award Winner (Design Arts), 2014

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Silver Medal (Art Portfolio), Regional Gold Key, 2014

United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts Semifinalist, 2014


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From Flora to Fashion: SAIC at the Garfield Park Conservatory