University of Iowa, MFA and MA,
School of Art and Art History
University of Boston, BFA,
School of Fine Arts
Artist, Vashon, WA
ESL Teacher, Tacoma Public
Schools, Tacoma, WA
Artist and Educator,
Summer Outreach Coordinator,
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,
Kansas City, MO
Vashon School District, WA
Sculpture Project, Tacoma, WA
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa Art Museum,
Iowa City, IA
Guanyin and the Bull Cow
51" x 40"
Leiter grew up in Eastern Kansas, in a suburb of Kansas City.
She received a BFA from Boston University, and an MA and MFA in painting and sculpture from the University of Iowa.
She moved to the Puget Sound area in Washington in 1984. In 1990, she moved to Vashon Island, where she currently works in her studio.
Ceto and the Octopus
24" x 48"
I work primarily in oil paint on wood panels or canvas. Drawing, composition and quality craft are the underpinnings of my work. I strive to represent the world by making the drawing in my paintings truthful and the compositions balanced. Using quality materials and traditional methods gives me great satisfaction because I know that the work is well made.
23" x 28"
My work focuses on ideas about desire, duty and the land. The content is expressed through metaphor using motifs that have meaning. The meanings originate from my experiences and from the cultures and histories of the places I have lived. Recurring motifs include figures, water, weather and Great Plains topography.
awards, commissions & grants
Seven Arrows for Danny
46" x 69"
Community Trailhead Signage Project
with Vashon School District students,
Program Excellence Award,
Boys & Girls Club of America, Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Arts Commission Grant,
East Side Boys & Girls Club, Tacoma, WA
Sculpture Commission, Islewilde Celebration, Vashon, WA
Bailey Bouche House Niche Project Commission, Seattle, WA
University of Iowa,
Iowa City, IA
Contemporary Gallery Grant,
Seattle Arts Commission,
selected one-person exhibitions
Rosewood Café, Tacoma, WA
Wayfarer, Two Walls Gallery, Vashon, WA
Quest, Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon, WA
New Paintings, Hobbs Building,
Kansas City, MO
The Meaning of Trees,
Blue Heron Gallery,
Windows, Tacoma Arts Commission-Commencement Bay Gallery, Tacoma, WA
Standing Sculptures, George Wright Gallery, Vashon, WA
Assemblages, King County Parks
Visual Arts Gallery, Burien, WA
Readymade, Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon, WA
Objects from the Material World,
Drewlowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Bushwacking, Drewlowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA
High Spot Café, Seattle, WA
Contemporary Gallery, Seattle Arts Commission
Public Building Display, Seattle, WA
34" x 21"
High Tech Art, Women’s Cultural Center, YWCA, Seattle, WA
Husted Gallery, Seattle, WA
Collages, The City Movie Center, Kansas City, MO
Paintings/Prints, Sebree Galleries, Kansas City, MO
H & R Block, Kansas City, MO
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Generra, Seattle, WA
University of Iowa, Iowa City
Facere, Seattle, WA