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Leah Appleton
Leah Appleton
Associate Director



Leonard Pearlstein Gallery

Leah (they*/them*) is a devout intersectional feminist who has cultivated community and understanding through the arts for over 12 years. Through exhibitions and programs, Leah passes the mic to artists and organizers to create programming by and for their communities. Some examples include (S)Heroes Among Us, a series of murals celebrating Indigenous Womxn in public space on Drexel’s Campus, Revival! presented with the BlackStar Film Festival,- an audio-visual celebration of Black ecstatic experiences (via twitch!), Stonewall @ 50, an exhibition including 60+ regional LGBTQIA* artists, and a collaborative series with SayTen studios focusing on Trans* awareness and empowerment.

Leah values political joy, radical honesty, fun as health care, deep and empathetic communication, life as drag, and Queerness on every level. They* hold a BFA from Maine College of Art in Painting, and an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Before coming to Drexel, Leah made their* way through the art world as Ophelia Heiny, producing for nightclubs, art galleries, theaters, and public spaces for sex-positive, Queercentric music and performance events across New England. They* currently serve as Associate Director of the Pearlstein Gallery, the budget caucus liaison for the Westphal Staff Advisory Council, and Events Director on Westphal’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.

BFA, Painting, Maine College of Art; MS, Arts Administration, Drexel University