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2021 Alabama State Council on the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowship Recipient

2021 44th Biennial Montgomery Art Guild/ MMFA Exhibition, Foy Gilmore Goodwin Award

2020  ArtsRevive, “Roots and Wings”, Best in Show

2019  43rd Biennial Montgomery Art Guild/MMFA Exhibition, Landmark Award

2018  Selma Art Guild, “Lost and Found”, Best in Show

2006  Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, “Southern Roots Exhibit”, 1st Place

2005  Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, “Southern Roots Exhibit”, 2nd Place

Press Coverage and Media


Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Tuscaloosa AL

Shaken By The Roots, January 11 - February 28, 2022

Narrated video chronicling works in the exhibit by Leanna Leithauser-Lesley

BMA Education

Interview: Artists in Quaratine

Interview by Carey Fountain, Manager of Public Programs

Madison-Oconee Lake Living, Jan-Feb 2019 Edition

Article: Threads of Change - Revolutionizing an Art Form through Justice,

Tolerance, and Jazz

Story by Tia Lynn Ivey


National Public Radio, April 2017

"Needlepoint Artist Brings Jazz Portraits to Theatrical Outfit"
Article by Gabbie Watts and audio interview with NPR's Lois Reitzes: artist-brings-jazz-portraits-theatrical-outfit/


​Atlanta Journal Constitution

April 2017 Atlanta Journal Constitution Article: "Needlepoint Portraits Celebrate Jazz Icons"
Story by Sheila M. Poole


True North Podcast
June 2017 NorthStar Podcast: "Leanna Leithauser-Lesley: Art Reflecting History"

An in-depth interview with the artist, how she got her start and where needlepoint and a love of music has led her.

Good Grit Magazine

March 2017 Good Grit Magazine article, "Not your Grandmother's Pillow, Celebrity Needlepoints"
Story by Allison Underwood


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