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, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, and in the exhibition 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 was recently included in Stitch, Beyond Function 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.
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 is Assistant Professor and Director of the Eckert Art Gallery at Millersville University. She has taught at the Chautauqua Institute School of Art, Drexel University and Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, where she was the Gallery Director. From 2016-2017, she was the Public Art Manager for the City of Lancaster, PA where she lives and works.