State of the Arts 2019
Erin is from Prairie Village, Kansas and attended the University of Kansas where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture in May of 2010. She began working at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in June of 2011. Since then, she has scheduled and curated over 175 contemporary art exhibitions within the art center’s five gallery spaces; and prepared, promoted and hosted over 90 First Friday openings.
Erin Woodworth grew up in a family of creatives. Her grandfather, Jim Leedy, founded the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in 1985 and taught at the Kansas City Art Institute for over forty years as an Art History and Sculptor professor. He has been named “The Godfather of the Crossroads” and is recognized as one of the first abstract ceramists. Erin’s mother, Stephanie Leedy, graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute and Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Stephanie owned and operated a successful neon business for many years and now owns multiple art-related properties around the Crossroads area. Erin and Stephanie now co-manage the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center together.
Erin continues the legacy of her grandfather by honoring the same values that he set forth from the beginning by maintaining a welcoming, inviting and thought-provoking destination for artists and art lovers alike. As the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center matures, she hopes to see her family’s roots spread wider and deeper into what is now a thriving community of visual, performing and culinary arts in Kansas City. Erin hopes to raise her two young daughters with the same love and appreciation for the arts that her family has instilled in her.
R.G. Endres Best of Show
Cheryl Acosta Armada / Mare
Kristen Reichert The Light
Shinhee Chin People of the South Wind II
Honorable Mention Awards
Wendy Taylor Passing Storm
Katherine Bello The Back and Forth
Mary Kay Fosnacht Balancing act II
Robert Klausing Irony of the Harvest
Kristen Powers Nowlin St. Louis, 2017: The Beauty of America
People's Choice Award
Netra Bahadur Khattri Monk's Arousal
SOTA 2019 Award Winners