Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art has the same goal today, as when we first opened in 1985, to present contemporary works of art and artists of exceptional quality and merit. The gallery is now one of the oldest sustained contemporary art galleries in Kansas City and the Midwest representing emerging, mid-career and internationally established artists making exciting work in all fine art mediums.
The gallery maintains a large inventory of artwork and offers individualized art consulting services. Our clients include both the first-time art buyer and the experienced collector, as well as, corporate and museum collections throughout the United States. The gallery works with clients and artists on individual acquisitions as well as commissioned works of art.
The gallery has placed over 150 works of art in museum collections and gallery artists are represented in over 100 museums worldwide. Designed by Greenlee Schmidt Architects, the gallery has been instrumental in the revitalization and success of the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City, Missouri.
Gallery exhibition highlights include over 100 Solo shows with established and mid-career artists including Hung Liu, Patty Carroll, Roger Shimomura, Sarah Sense, Peter Pincus, Judy Onofrio, Vera Mercer, John Balistreri, Peter Voulkos, Jun Kaneko, Rudy Autio, Therman Statom, Chris Gustin, Tom Huck, Jeff Aeling, Larry Schwarm, Barbara Rogers, Michael Schultz, Dale Chihuly and others. The gallery represents the estate of Peter Voulkos.
Located in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, MO, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or by appointment. For additional information, please call the gallery (816) 221-2626.
Sherry Leedy established Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri in 1985 and works as both Director and Curator. Leedy’s role as an important leader in the Kansas City arts community is well known and she has been influential in the rejuvenation of the visual art scene of the city. Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art enjoys the prestigious position of being the first and longest running contemporary art gallery in the Crossroads Arts District. Leedy and her gallery have been an essential component in the transformation of the Crossroads neighborhood into the heart of contemporary cultural life that it is today. From the start, Sherry Leedy championed artists from the region as well as those nationally and internationally known including some of the most important American ceramic and glass masters of our time. The hundreds of solo and group exhibitions that Leedy created and exhibited established the gallery’s importance and set a high standard for excellence that is ongoing. Sherry Leedy holds a M.F.A. degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence and a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri. In addition to her work at the gallery, Leedy continues her commitment to her art practice at her studio in Kansas City.
Elise Gagliardi, originally from Denver has a BFA from University of Colorado at Boulder with an emphasis in Painting and Photography. Elise has been an active participant in the Kansas City art community for 14 years, as an exhibiting artist and curator. Elise is a founding member of the Kansas City Artist round table, which has spear headed the Kansas City Site Exhibitions. She was a recipient of the 2022 Inspiration Grant from Arts KC.
MELISSA KOCH – EXHIBITION PREPARATOR
Melissa Koch is the long-standing installation and art handling expert for Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art. Melissa’s depth of experience with a wide range of materials, construction methods, and creative problem-solving ability elevate every art installation at the gallery to a professional standard of excellence.
True Good, is a multigenerational Australian Labradoodle. True is well mannered, playful, social, and smart. At the gallery, True chooses his favorite art pick, plays with his toys, snacks, naps and personally greets everyone who stops by. The phrase “good dog” was made for this pup.