Leah Oates has a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and a M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Fulbright Fellow for graduate study at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. In 2018-2019 Oates showed in the Toronto area at Black Cat Artspace, the Gladstone Hotel, Propeller Gallery, Papermill Gallery, Arta Galler and Gallery 1313. Oates has had solo shows in at Susan Eley Fine Art, The MTA Lightbox Project at 42nd Street, The Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, Real Art Ways and Sara Nightingale Gallery.