Leigh was born in 1978 and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her BFA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM in 2001 and her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California in 2009.
Merrill’s work has been a part of exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally in venues such as the Phoenix Art Museum, the diRosa Art Preserve, The Lawndale Art Center, the Tremaine Gallery, and the Museum of Texas Tech University. Merrill was a part of the 2011 Fotographia Festival Internazionale di Roma at the Galleria Gallerati in Rome, Italy. Merrill’s work has been included in online and print publications such as the Design Observer Places Journal, Dwell.com, BLDGBLOG blog, PaperCity Magazine, and the Houston Chronicle.
Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Still, at Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX; Manifest Destiny at the Tremaine Gallery, Lakeville, CT; Staged at G Gallery, Houston, TX; and Fictional | Familiar at Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA.
Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University, the City of Phoenix permanent collection, the California Institute of Integral Studies and various private collections.