Leigh Merrill received her BFA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, in 2001, and her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California, in 2009. Merrill's work has been a part of exhibitions throughout the U.S. in venues such as the Phoenix Art Museum, the di Rosa Art Preserve, The Lawndale Art Center, the Tremaine Gallery, and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Merrill was a part of the 2011 Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma at the Galleria Gallerati in Rome, Italy. Merrill's work has been included in online publications such as the Design Observer Places Journal, BLDGBLOG and IGNANT blogs. Her work is part of the City of Phoenix’s permanent collection and various private collections.