Annie Leist is an artist based in New York City. She pursued undergraduate study at Wake Forest University, double-majoring in studio art and mathematics. As a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar she studied semiotics and cultural theory at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in visual art from Rutgers University.
Her paintings, inspired by her limited visual perception of light and life in urban spaces, can be seen in numerous public and private collections. Leist also works in the cultural accessibility field, with experience in non-profit and government sectors as well as museums. She has consulted and facilitated workshops at museums and arts organisations around the US and internationally.
She currently works at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), developing programming for disabled audiences and advocating for greater recognition of disability as an identity, a lens through which to consider art, and a source of creativity.