Maggie Leininger currently serves as Director and Curator of the Peeler Art Center at DePauw University in Greencastle Indiana. In addition to developing collaborative curatorial programming at Peeler, Maggie Leininger co-founded and runs 10 Fold Projects, an artist-run space that explores the rhizomatic permaculture and exchange of creative communities through micro-residencies, workshops, and pop-up experiences. Before serving at DePauw University, Leininger was the Director of the International Honor Quilt, a community-engaged companion work to Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party. Leininger created numerous public programs and workshops with artists such as Suzanne Lacy to develop socially engaged art experiences that addressed numerous concerns within the community of Louisville, KY where the International Honor Quilt currently resides.
Academic teaching experience includes serving as visiting professor of fibers at Arizona State University and DePaul University. Additional teaching experience includes serving as an artist in residence at Snow City Arts in Chicago that brings art programming to hospitalized children and as an artist-teacher at Marwen Foundation. Specializing in community engagement utilizing textile-based techniques, Leininger has been awarded numerous grants, fellowships, and artist residencies. Notable artist residencies and fellowships include support from Kala Institute in Berkeley, CA, The Present Group in San Francisco, CA, Scottsdale Public Art Commission, the Kentucky Historical Society, Mansfield Institute of Social Justice, Illinois Arts Council, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Leininger has exhibited her work nationally including the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, NM, South Bend Museum of Art, and the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, IL.