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Leslie Erganian received her Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Illinois in 1982. While a graduate student, she won the Outstanding Teaching Award in 1981 and 1982. As an alum, she has become a well- known artist and photographer with several exhibitions, publications, and television appearances. Right after graduation, Leslie displayed her work at the Phyllis Needlman Gallery in Chicago. The exhibition included a series of hand painted self-portrait photographs exploring female fairy tale mythology. Leslie established her own label, Lost Continents, in 1996, creating functional art, interiors, and props for clients in the entertainment industry as well as for stores in the Silicon Valley area.