Joe Leavenworth (b.1985) is an artist and educator currently based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He uses photography to investigate personal stories, working across documentary, narrative, and experimental forms of photography. Joe's focus on human connection, identity, and place, seeks to acknowledge, question, and reflect independent and shared threads of American histories. He received his MFA from UC Riverside (2018) and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2007). He is twice recipient of the Gluck Teaching Fellowship (2016 & 2017), finalist for The Print Center's 95th Annual International Award (2020), finalist for the Film Photo Award's New Project Award (2019), and nominee for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation's Emerging Artist Grant (2018). Joe's first monograph, "Native Son," published by VUU (2014 & 2015), is held in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art. He has exhibited widely and is currently represented in the group show "When in Athens," organized by The Humid, Athens, GA. His pictures have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Fader, T Magazine, and Burnaway, among others. Joe has taught photography at UC Riverside, The Cooper Union, and the International Center of Photography. His second monograph, "Ayngel," will be published fall 2021.