Helen O'Leary was born in County Wexford, Ireland. A graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Helen is currently a Professor of Art at Penn State University.
Helen has exhibited widely around the world: the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny, Ireland, the Coleman Burke Gallery in New York, the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, Stad an Zee Museum, Belgium, Glascow Museum of Art, Scotland, the Beverly Art Centre in Chicago and the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi, India are among the many prestigious venues to have mounted solo exhibitions of her work. She is represented by Lesely Heller Gallery, NY
Her art has been honored with two Pollock-Krasner awards and a Joan Mitchell Award for painting and sculpture. In 2010, Helen was the recipient of a major Guggenheim Fellowship.