Amanda Leigh Evans was raised in the Inland Empire and in rural Nevada County, CA. She lives and works in Portland, OR.
Evans is the founder and director of The Living School of Art, an artist collective and alternative art school centering around ancestral and domestic creative practices, which she and her neighbors co-facilitate in their affordable housing apartment complex in East Portland, OR. She also is the Community Program Manager at the King School Museum of Contemporary Art (KSMoCA), a contemporary art museum run by kids in a Pre K – 5th public school in NE Portland. Evans teaches social practice, foundations, and professional practices courses at Portland State University (PSU).
Evans is an ongoing member of several artist collectives: the Socially Engaged Craft Collective, the Los Angeles Urban Rangers, and Play the LA River. She has presented work and publications at MOCA, the Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Craft, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. She is the recipient of Artplace America, the Arlene Schnitzer Visual Art Prize, the Metro Creative Placemaking Grant, and the Precipice Fund. Evans holds an MFA in Art & Social Practice from Portland State University and a Post-Bac in Ceramics from Cal State Long Beach.