Courtney M. Leonard (Shinnecock) is an artist and filmmaker, who has contributed to the Offshore Art movement. Her current work embodies the multiple definitions of “breach”, an exploration and documentation of historical ties to water, whale and material sustainability. In collaboration with national and international museums, U.S. embassies, cultural institutions, and Indigenous communities in the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand, her practice investigates narratives of cultural viability as a reflection of environmental record. She holds an MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design, as well a BA from the College of Ceramics at Alfred University, with additional studies at The Sheridan Center For Teaching and Learning at Brown University, and at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where she concentrated in Museum Studies and 3D Design.