Leigh Craven obtained a B.F.A in Printmaking from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University. She then went on to receive her M.F.A. in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. She also trained in German bookbinding techniques with Peter Verheyen. Immediately following this Leigh immersed herself in her artwork, participating in multiple artist residencies, including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Centrum, Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences, and the International Residencies Program in Csopak, Hungary.
Leigh has exhibited extensively; she has been included into numerous national exhibitions and has also had work exhibited in France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Slovak Republic, and the United Kingdom. More recently, Leigh was selected to be a featured artist in Storm Tossed at the Bristol Art Museum supported by the Rhode Island Council for the Arts with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts (2012); was a Kalos Foundation Visual Art Prize Finalist and Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Finalist in 2015. Her work was featured again in Contemporary Women Artists (2016) at the Bristol Art Museum, with the works being well-received by critics.