Leonard Urso was born in 1953 and grew up in Rome, New York. His pursuit of art began when he was a young man and eventually led him to study at the State University of New Paltz. After graduating with a Master of Fine Arts Degree, Leonard began his professional career as a designer and silversmith for Oneida Ltd. Silversmiths. Currently Leonard holds an endowed chair as the Ann Mowris Mulligan Distinguished Professor in the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of TechnologyThe Leonard Urso art studio is located in Rochester, New York where Leonard is actively involved in creating large and small scale sculptures, paintings. Leonard's art is exhibited nationally and internationally. His art works are represented in several museums and both corporate and private collections. Several of these include Gyeongnam Art Museum of South Korea, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Memorial Art Gallery of Rochester, Shanghai University of China, Kanazawa University of Japan, The New York Times, Bucknell University, The Times Mirror Company, Humana Inc., Bausch & Lomb World Headquarters, Colgate University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Garth Fagen Dance, Sybron Corporation, and The Washington Post.