Lead Emerging Artist Prize (LEAP) Program | Lead Bank



Lead Emerging Artist Prize (LEAP)

A partnership program with the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) to shine a light on KCAI students.



"Working with young artists who have a different perspective of the world around us, especially our community, is refreshing. They give us hope for the future and we’re very excited to support their creative talents."

- Joshua Rowland, CEO of Lead Bank.





2021/2022 Winners



Adam Lock leap

Adam Lock

Multi-Narrative Design Series

(Graphic Design)

Zachary Comstock Clothing Tiles

Zachary Cornstock

Furniture Rendering 1&2


Avery Istwan_LockedOutofHeaven

Avery Istwan

Princesses Play Hooky, June


lily brown

Lily Brown

Less than ideal seating arrangement


2020/2021 Winners

Ryan Haney Towards an End - green sculpture

Ryan Haney

Towards an End


Stella Bonafazi Corn, OK - photo of truck

Stella Bonafazi

Corn, OK


London Williams Black Cowboys painting

London Williams

Black Cowboys


Le Hung Gender Implications on Garments 1

Le Hung

Gender Implications on Garments



2019/2020 Winners



Alex Duncan LEAP

Alex Duncan

Folly Jazz Poster

(Graphic design)

Jinblossom Plati LEAP

Jinblossom Plati

Pink Lotus




Rian Stallbaumer LEAP


Rian Stallbaumer

Rest Area



Kate Fromm LEAP


Kate Fromm





2018/2019 Winners




Vivian Becks LEAP

Vivian Becks

A Home Alone

(Digital animation)

Rachel Tucker LEAP

Rachel Tucker

Insecure: Belly

(Charcoal illustration)

Lisa Bjornstad LEAP


Lisa Bjornstad

Boolean Lovers

(Bronze sculpture)

Anella Fernandez LEAP


Anella Fernandez

The Dolls that Rose

(Graphic collage)