Joe Leavenworth is an artist and educator living and working in Tulsa
He is available for artist commissions and prints
Working in photography, mixed media, and artist books, Joe examines the shaping of identity across themes of family, memory, place, and time. Joe received his MFA from UC Riverside and holds a BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is a 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), two-time recipient of the Gluck Teaching Fellowship (2017 & 2016), and nominee for PDN 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch (2015). Inspired by a letter written by his biological mother in 1985, Joe traced his biographical connection to Atlanta and the American South to establish a relationship to his birthplace through direct encounters. Photographs made on these trips from 2009 - 2013 became his first monograph, Native Son, published by VUU (2014 & 2015). This book is held in the special collections libraries at the Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art. Joe has exhibited nationally and internationally, and his photographs have been published in The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine, W, The Fader, Paper Journal, and Burnaway, among others. He has taught photography at UC Riverside, Cooper Union, and International Center of Photography. Joe's second artist monograph, Ayngel, is scheduled to be published late 2023.