Meg Leary (b. 1978) is a Chicago-based performance, sound and visual artist. She began her career as an opera singer, which has since become the foundation for the visual and performative works she creates. Over the past decade, she has been developing a series of performances, videos, sculptures and compositions based on the public perception of the “diva.” These pieces examine issues of femininity, queerness, fatness and vocality.
Leary has an MA degree in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA degree in Performance Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her BA from Smith College and vocal training at the Boston Conservatory. Her work has been shown at a variety of venues including Gallery 400, EXPO Chicago, ACRE Gallery, SOHO House, Chicago Artists Coalition, Subterranean, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, NADA, Elastic Arts, The Hideout, The Whistler, Mana Contemporary, Kendall College of Art & Design, The Peanut Gallery, Links Hall, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, and more. Leary is also the Director of Programs for United States Artists, a large-scale grant making program for individual artist and sits on the Board of Links Hall, a dance and performance presenter in Chicago.