Joe Leavenworth is a visual artist and educator living and working in Tulsa, OK.
He is available for photography commissions, projects, and collaborations.
Working in photography, drawing, collage, artist books, video, and installation, Joe examines the shaping of identity and history across themes of family, place, time, and memory. Joe received his MFA from UC Riverside and holds a BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is a two-time recipient of the Gluck Teaching Fellowship (2016 & 2017), finalist for The Print Center’s 95th Annual Award juried by David Campany and Larissa Goldston (2020), finalist for the Kodak Film Photo Award's New Project Award (2019), nominee for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation's Emerging Artist Grant (2018), and nominee for PDN 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch (2015). Inspired by a letter from his biological mother, Joe traced his biographical connection to the American South–a connection both real and imagined. The photographs made on trips between 2009 - 2013 became his first monograph, Native Son, published by VUU (2014 & 2015). This artist book is held in the special collections at the Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art. Joe has exhibited internationally, and most recently participated in the group exhibition When in Athens organized by Irina Rozovsky and Mark Steinmetz at The Humid in Athens, GA. His photographs have been published in The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine, The Fader, FT Weekend, TOPIC, Paper Journal, and Burnaway, among others. Joe has taught photography at UC Riverside, Cooper Union, and International Center of Photography. He is currently preparing his second artist monograph, Ayngel.