Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art opened in 1985 with the goal of presenting contemporary works of art of exceptional quality and merit. Celebrating our 34th year, 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 and technically proficient work in all fine art mediums.
As a full service, client oriented gallery, Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art is an important resource for private collectors, public institutions, corporations and first time art buyers across the globe. One example of the way that the gallery works together with clients and experienced gallery artists is on commissioned works of art, managing and facilitating all aspects of special projects and acquisitions.
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 its neighborhood, the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, Missouri.
Gallery exhibition highlights include over 100 Solo shows with established and mid-career artists including Peter Voulkos, Jun Kaneko, Rudy Autio, Therman Statom, Judy Onofrio, Chris Gustin, Tom Huck, Cynthia Schira, Jeff Aeling, Keith Jacobshagen, Larry Schwarm, Barbara Rogers, Michael Schultz, Dale Chihuly and others. The gallery represents the estate of Peter Voulkos.
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.
Allison King, originally from Des Moines, Iowa, graduated from Kansas City Art Institute in 2015 with a BFA in ceramics and a Social Practice Certificate. Allison has been a resident artist at the International Ceramic Studio in Hungary, and at the Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. She currently lives and works in Kansas City as the gallery assistant at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, and teaches ceramic classes at Mattie Rhodes Art Center.
Currently on sabbatical from the gallery, Assistant Director, Jennifer Bowerman has art in her DNA. She grew up
in a family of artists and teachers where the importance of art was a way of life. Her life experience,
understanding and insight have been invaluable to gallery clients, artists and staff and we wish her well in her
pursuit of new opportunities.
True Good, is a multigenerational Australian Labradoodle. True was the star of his puppy class, playful, social, and smart. Committed to education, he is working toward his Canine Good Citizen award. At the gallery, True chooses his favorite art pick (posted on the gallery’s facebook page), plays with his toys, naps and personally greets everyone who stops by, often rolling onto his back to present his tummy for a rub. The phrase “good dog” was made for this pup.