Jim Leedy

Artist and Visionary

Jim Leedy has been a dynamic force in the international art world and a catalyst for community development in Kansas City for more than four decades. As a Kansas City Arts Institute professor, he spent more than forty years encouraging students to push boundaries. Leedy’s art is a vast, tattered tapestry, mixing painting with sculpture, prints, drawings, ceramics, installations, and public art. From realism to abstract expressionism, from pottery to clay sculpture, from clay to airborne nylon sculpture and on to outdoor murals, the accomplishments of the 81 year-old artist have both anticipated and responded to contemporary trends. Leedy is considered the “Godfather of the Crossroads” and was a catalyst for the development of the art district. Leedy’s work lives on today as a Kansas City legacy of uncompromising vision and remarkable tenacity.

What is it about KC that inspires creativity in you?
Kansas City supports our creative thinkers and artists by offering places for them to live, work and display their art in a thriving community.

What is your favorite spot in KC?
My studio and the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

Where’s your favorite place outside of Kansas City?

What’s your most treasured possession?
My collection of artwork from local and international artists.

Who’s your favorite fictional hero?
Indiana Jones.

Who do you most admire in real-life?
Pablo Picasso.

When and where are you the happiest?
Every time I’m in my studio in the Crossroads.




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