An award-winning artist known for her uplifting, elegant art and design, Leslie Cober-Gentry’s endeavors include a thriving and accomplished illustration career, designing performance spaces, instructing and mentoring undergraduates in illustration and design as an Assistant Professor at The Fashion Institute of Technology NYC, instructing and mentoring graduate MFA Illustration students as an Assistant Professor at WCSU, curating The Members show at The Museum of American Illustration Society of Illustrators NYC annually, guest speaking to art and design students at various universities throughout the country, serving as a member of the NYC Landmark50 Alliance, Chairperson of the Visiting Lecture Series at both FIT and WCSU (bringing in world famous, top notch artists), and newly appointed to The Sanford B Low Illustration Collection Committee at the New Britain Museum.

Leslie explains, “It’s all about answering the client’s goals and objectives through illustration and design. One needs to be extremely organized and meticulous. There isn’t any detail that can afford to be missed. It’s my responsibility and an essential part of my business to make sure that each component of every project is attended to with every possible effort, passion and dedication.”

Born in New York City, Leslie grew up in a creative environment surrounded by the most well known illustrators and art directors in the business. Her father, Alan E. Cober a Hall of Fame Illustrator, gave the family the opportunity to often travel the country on his own illustration assignments visiting National Parks, sports arenas, travel destinations and backstage locations.  Collections of folk art, contemporary ceramics, paintings and drawings filled her rooms, frequently hanging out drawing along side her father in his art studio. By a young age, Leslie discovered her passion, illustration, pursuing her dream of becoming an illustrator and designer. At 15 she completed her first assignment for the New York Times Op Ed page. After graduating from Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Art she continued to create professionally for many of the most prestigious magazines, newspapers, corporations, and advertising agencies in the world. In 2011 she was awarded an MFA degree in Illustration from the University of Hartford.

Leslie has won numerous awards, including The Society of Publication Designers, Print’s Regional Design Annual, Vision Awards Annual Report Competitions, and Graphic Design USA. 

Leslie serves on the Executive Board of the Society of Illustrators, NYC and the Board of Directors as Event Chair.


Leslie serves on the Board of Directors at the Fairfield Theatre Company in Fairfield, CT, passionately spreading art, design, culture, & live music throughout the community.