Heidi Leitzke creates paintings with thread.
Anthony Bannon, executive director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center wrote the following about her work. She "makes islands of fabric, stichery of many colors, threads that become trees, and bushes upon dyed linen, with applied paint, tiny things, jewel ideas, self-contained, that favorite island of the mind."
Leitzke's thread paintings have been featured in exhibitions at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, University City Arts League and Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia and in Interwoven: Art, Craft, Design at Arlington Art Center. Her work has been recognized with a Juror’s Mention from critic Jerry Saltz and an award from Hrag Vartanian, of Hyperallergic. Her paintings have been included in exhibitions at Denise Bibro Fine Art and the Bowery Gallery, both in New York City and Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia. Leitzke's work will be included in Stitch, Beyond Function this summer at the Zarrow Center for Art & Education, part of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In 2014, Leitzke curated Folklore, Original Fraktur drawings in conversation with contemporary works of art, for the Main Gallery at PCA&D and moderated a panel discussion with artists Baker Overstreet, Clare Grill and Benjamin Edmiston. Leitzke’s work is in many private collections throughout the country and in Australia.
Leitzke graduated with an MFA in painting from Western Carolina University in 2006. She also studied at the Chautauqua Institute School of Art and American University’s Art in Italy program. She earned a BA in Fine Arts from Anderson University in 2002.
Leitzke has taught at the Chautauqua Institute School of Art and Drexel University. Leitzke worked as Gallery Director and Adjunct Fine Arts Instructor at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design for 9 years. She is currently the Public Art Manager for the City of Lancaster, PA where she lives and works.