Joe Leavenworth is a visual artist and educator currently living and teaching in Tulsa, OK.
He is available for photography commissions, collaborations, and projects. Prints are available upon request.
Working in photography, mixed media, and artist books, Joe examines the shaping of identity across themes of family, community, environment, 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–and 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 his photographs have been published in The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine, W, The Fader, FT Weekend, TOPIC, Paper Journal, and Burnaway, among others. He has taught photography at UC Riverside, Cooper Union, and International Center of Photography. Joe is currently at work on his second artist monograph, Ayngel.