resumé

education

  • University of Iowa, MFA and MA,
    School of Art and Art History

  • University of Boston, BFA,
    School of Fine Arts


work experience

1980-2015 

  • Artist, Vashon, WA

 

2002-2015       

  • ESL Teacher, Tacoma Public
    Schools, Tacoma, WA

 

1980-2002      

  • Artist and Educator,
    Summer Outreach Coordinator,

  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,
    Kansas City, MO

  • Artist-in-Residence,
    Vashon School District, WA

  • Coordinator/Facilitator,
    Salishan Neighborhood
    Sculpture Project, Tacoma, WA

  • Drawing Instructor,
    Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

  • Teaching Fellow,
    University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

  • Museum Technician,
    University of Iowa Art Museum,
    Iowa City, IA

©2016 Leiter

Guanyin and the Bull Cow

51" x 40"

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about

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.

©2015 Leiter

Ceto and the Octopus

24" x 48"

 

©2010 Leiter

Yellow Haus

23" x 28"

statement

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.

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

©2005 Leiter

Seven Arrows for Danny

46" x 69"

1996

  • Community Trailhead Signage Project
    with Vashon School District students,
    Vashon, WA

 

1996
  • Program Excellence Award,
    Boys & Girls Club of America, Tacoma, WA

  • Tacoma Arts Commission Grant,
    East Side Boys & Girls Club, Tacoma, WA

 

1993
  • Sculpture Commission, Islewilde Celebration, Vashon, WA

1991
  • Bailey Bouche House Niche Project Commission, Seattle, WA

 
1989
  • Lynch-Peltzer Fellowship,
    University of Iowa,
    Iowa City, IA

 
1986

Contemporary Gallery Grant,
Seattle Arts Commission,
Seattle, WA

 
 
 

selected one-person exhibitions

2015
  • Rosewood Café, Tacoma, WA

 

2006
  • Wayfarer, Two Walls Gallery, Vashon, WA

 

2002
  • Quest, Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon, WA

1999
  • New Paintings, Hobbs Building,
    Kansas City, MO

 

1996
  • The Meaning of Trees,
    Blue Heron Gallery,
    Vashon, WA

1995
  • Windows, Tacoma Arts Commission-Commencement Bay Gallery, Tacoma, WA

  • Standing Sculptures, George Wright Gallery, Vashon, WA

©2015 Leiter

Magnolia Rising

34" x 21"

1992
  • Assemblages, King County Parks
    Visual Arts Gallery, Burien, WA

     

1991
  • Readymade, Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon, WA

1990

  • Objects from the Material World,
    Drewlowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA

1989
  • Bushwacking, Drewlowe Gallery, Iowa City, IA
     

1987
  • Collage/Crayon Drawings,
    High Spot Café, Seattle, WA

1986
  • Contemporary Gallery,
    Seattle Arts Commission
    Public Building Display, Seattle, WA

     

1985
  • High Tech Art, Women’s Cultural Center, YWCA, Seattle, WA

  • Collage/Crayon Drawings,
    Husted Gallery, Seattle, WA

     

1984
  • Collages, The City Movie Center,
    Kansas City, MO

  • Paintings/Prints, Sebree Galleries, Kansas City, MO

collections

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

selected work

click to view

 

contact

nanleiter

po box 1741, vashon, wa 98070
(253) 988-6698
nanleiter@gmail.com

©2015 Leiter

Diné Constellation

27" x 19"

Clouds Float By