Leslie Finer has directed the University of Iowa’s Arts Share program since 2003.  Arts Share works with the Division of Performing Arts, the School of Art and Art History, and the Writers’ Workshop to coordinate workshops, performances, and residencies throughout the state.  Arts Share has recently moved to the Office of Outreach and Engagement as it continues to expand and partner with other programs such as the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities and the Grant Wood Art Colony.

Leslie received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a PhD in musicology from the University of Iowa.  Before working at Arts Share she taught music history and piano at Coe College.