Born 1984
Based in Louisville, KY, USA

Creative Project Manager, Curator, Teacher, & Artist


Exhibition-based Project Management & Curating:

Guest curator at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, 2020, Brooklyn NY; Advisory Committee member for BallotBox: A Contemporary Art Exhibition Examining a Critical Aspect of Democracy and Citizenship, exhibited at 21C Museum Hotel, Louisville KY in 2020; curator and exhibition manager, BFA Senior Thesis Art Exhibitions at Kentucky College of Art and Design at Spalding University, 2015 - 2016, etc. 



  • Museum Educator, Carnegie Center for Art and History, 2019 - 2021

  • Artist-in-residence, Francis Parker School (Formerly St. Francis High School), Louisville, KY, 2014 - 2019

  • Adjunct professor: Kentucky College of Art and Design, Bellarmine University, Indiana University Southeast, 2013 - 2019

  • Teaching Artist, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY, 2013 - 2014

  • Instructor, Louisville Visual Art, Louisville, KY, 2011- 2019

Public Speaking, Arts Facilitating, & Community Organizing:

  • Featured Speaker at Indiana Arts Homecoming Conference, Indianapolis IN, 2021

  • Panel moderator for Demystifying Public Art Resources, On Ramp Professional Development Workshop for Artists, Carnegie Center for Art & History, 2021

  • Panel moderator for Triennial Artist Series: Aaron Rosenblum and Andrew Cozzens at KMAC Museum, 2020 in Louisville KY

  • Featured Speaker at Visiting Artist Lecture Series at Spalding University, in Louisville KY 2019

  • Interview subject for multiple feature articles in local newspapers such as News and Tribune and local television news stations, and a variety of live radio programs including Louisville Visual Arts’ Artebella with Keith Waits on 97.1 ARTXFM. 

  • Private panel moderator and grant reviewer for arts grant applications in both educational and non-profit organization settings (KYFoundation for Women, etc.)

  • Group facilitator of collaborative art experiences and therapeutic art discussions with groups of up to 50+ at St. Francis High School Annual Women’s Retreat, and Hope Southern Indiana’s Esteem Makeover for At-Risk Girls.

  • Co-organizer of The Artist Relief Trust, a community initiative formed in March of 2020 to provide unrestricted, emergency grants to artists in Kentucky and Southern Indiana who were financially impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. In collaboration with Elevator Arts, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and Great Meadows Foundation, the coalition gave $221,500 to artists in need in Kentuckiana during the first year of the pandemic. 

Degrees Earned:


  • MFA (Painting, 2010) Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. 

  • BFA (Painting, 2006) Hite Art Institute, Louisville, KY. Magna Cum Lauda; Winthrop Allen Prize.


Residencies & Grants Awarded as a Visual Artist and Independent Curator*:

  • Residency Unlimited 3-Month Artist Residency in Brooklyn, NY Supported by The Great Meadows Foundation 2018

  • Mary Alice Hadley Prize, Awarded by Louisville Visual Art and Community Foundation of Louisville 2015

  • Kentucky Foundation for Women Art Meets Activism Grant, 2015

  • Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant, 2012

*Information about grants I’ve acquired and managed for organizations available upon request


  • Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, MFA Painting 2010

  • Hite Art Institute at University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, BFA Painting 2006


  • 2018 Great Meadows Foundation Grant to attend Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn, New York 

  • 2015 Mary Alice Hadley Prize

  • Kentucky Foundation for Women Art Meets Activism Grant, 2015

  • Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant, 2012

Selected Group Shows, Participating as Artist:

  • C19: Art Works for Kentucky, Calliope Printmaking Studio & Gallery, Louisville KY, 2022

  • Scrims and Blurs, Museo de los Sures, Brooklyn NY 2018

  • Secondary Growth: Andrew Dailinger, Julie Leidner, and Kathleen Lolley in Collaboration with their Students from St. Francis School, Lenihan-Sotheby’s International Realty, Louisville KY 2018

  • III (Instant Installation Invitational), Louisville Visual Art, Louisville KY 2016

  • Larry and Ladonna Was Here: The Artist-Collector Relationship, Kentucky, Museum of Art and Craft with the Hite Art Institute, Louisville, KY 2015

  • Analogue/Analogy: Project 3, Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY 2014

  • 13 Artists, Gallery 849, Kentucky School of Art, Louisville, KY 2014

  • Stone Age Daydream, 57Cell, curated by Gregory Kalliche, sponsored by Blonde Art Books, Brooklyn, NY, 2013

  • Storytellers and Mystics, ACNY Spattered Columns, Brooklyn, NY 2013

  • Making It: Now, Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 2012

  • Aliens, Bulldogs, and Snowglobes, JCC, Louisville, KY 2012

  • On The Floor: Louisville Commission on Public Art, selected ideas competition participant, Louisville Metro Hall, 2012 

  • Chain Letter 2011, Samson Projects, Boston, MA, 2011

  • Rust Melt: New Abstractions from Pittsburgh, Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh, 2011 (co-curator)

  • Fools Gold, UnSmoke, Braddock, PA, 2010


Full CV or portfolio available upon request ----> email julieleidner (at)