Temme Barkin-Leeds received the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (summa cum laude) from Georgia State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from American University in Washington, DC.
Her socially-conscious work has been the subject of four solo exhibitions and has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States. She was a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH and a Resident Fellow at the Hambidge Center. In addition, Barkin-Leeds received the Elizabeth Baaart Biddle Award conferred by the full faculty in the MFA program at American University, Washington DC. She also received the International Education Foundation Scholarship from Georgia State University to study at the Santa Reparata International School in Florence, Italy. She has been juried into New York exhibitions by critics Jerry Saltz, John Yau, and Nancy Princenthal. She has received numerous exhibition awards including purchase awards and awards of merit. She was selected by the Georgia Women’s History Month Committee and the Georgia Commission on Women to be honored at a reception highlighting Georgia women in the arts. She was the State of Georgia’s representative on the Millennium “Gift to the Nation” Committee of the Friends of Art and Preservation in Embassies in Washington, DC. Most recently, she was adjunct professor at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. Her work was featured in several publications including the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Burnaway, Arts Atl, Atlanta Jewish Times, Amlit, Paintpresent catalogue published by Loudon House Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky and Bound catalogue published by Women’s Caucus for Art.