Meg Leary

Meg Leary is an artist and the founder and principal of Meg Leary & Associates, a Chicago-based arts consulting practice providing strategic thinking and creative action plans for artists, arts organizations, and philanthropists. Before beginning her consulting practice, Leary was the Director of Programs for United States Artists (USA), where she led the largest grantmaking initiative for individual artists in the country. At USA she created and managed a rigorous annual nomination, application and panel selection process involving over 1500 artists, curators, producers, historians and experts from diverse backgrounds. Prior to her role at USA, Leary was the Communications and Program Officer at the Irving Harris Foundation, a Chicago-based family foundation that grants over $15 million annually. She managed a portfolio of grants to support arts and cultural organizations, progressive media, documentary film projects, and social justice, anti-racism, and interfaith efforts in the US and Israel. Previous positions include Director of Development and Operations for the Reeling LGBT Film Festival and roles at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics and East Coast Artists. Ms. Leary has a master in fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a master of arts in performance studies from New York University's, Tisch School of the Arts, and a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Links Hall,  ACRE (Artist's Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), Beyondmedia Education and the Fire This Time Fund. Ms. Leary also has a thriving practice as a visual, sound and performance artist.  Meg will be a guest speaker for Crafting a Winning Proposal on October 30, 2018.

Art Advising & Commissions

2018 - 2019,
Artist Leader


2018 - 2019,
Guest Speaker