Leslie Brothers is the Director of the McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown State University’s Center for Contemporary Art. Leslie has served as Director for 15 years and is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art teaching courses in Contemporary Art and Theory that address the potential for artists to affect change in society. She received her Master’s Degree in Art History and Contemporary Criticism from Virginia Commonwealth University graduating with honors. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee where she majored in Art History and French. In addition she received an honors degree in Women’s Studies. Leslie is a museum professional who has worked in large municipal museums such as, The Brooklyn Museum of Fine Arts, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and The Milwaukee Art Museum, as well as University Museums and Galleries. Her area of expertise is Contemporary Art and Culture and her research is based in rethinking the University Art Museum as an innovative center for developing new models for civic engagement. Over the past 30 years she has published exhibition catalogues, articles and reviews; she has organized over 60 exhibitions and created community-based programs that address human and social issues, affirm the relevance of the arts and demonstrate the capacity of arts participation to improve the quality of life in this community.