Many teachers instruct courses that allow them to share their passions with their students and inspire them.

While Leslie Bowen does just that, she also allows herself to be inspired by her students.
Bowen went to Moore College of Art as an undergrad, and then attended University of the Arts.

Before coming to Millersville, Bowen taught at Lebanon Valley College and Conestoga Valley High School.

At Millersville, Bowen teaches several art classes to both art majors and non-art students. However, she didn’t always know that she wanted to teach.

“I went in as a fashion illustrator, found out I didn’t like that; switched to painting, decided that I would starve as a painter. Then I went into education,” she says.

She said she also supervises several student teachers.

Bowen said that she draws a lot of inspiration from her students, especially from her non-art students.

She enjoys taking students who normally wouldn’t know anything about art and “turning them on to artists, like Christo.”

She also frequently travels to art museums, galleries, and exhibits.

Outside of Millersville, Bowen teaches at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. She also enjoys scuba diving and reading.