About Dean Leary
Dean Richard Leary was born in the small town of Swannanoa located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. When he was very young his family moved to Gloucester, Virginia, and in 1954 they moved once again to the small town of Manteo on Roanoke Island near the North Carolina Outer Banks. After graduating from Manteo High School, he attended East Carolina University where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture with a painting minor. He taught sculpture and three dimensional design classes at Mitchell Community College and later at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in the late 1970's. In 1980 Dean opened a private sculpture studio in Statesville, North Carolina, where he continues to work today. The majority of his sculpture is executed in stone and wood although he has had extensive experience in fiberglass construction and in bronze and aluminum casting.