Isa Leshko

01.05.2011 in12:04 in Miscellaneous -->


A series of elderly animals …

Isa Leshko grew up in Carteret, an industrial town situated off the New Jersey Turnpike. She was born in 1971 at Rahway Hospital not far from the White Castle immortalized by George Tice. She received her BA from Haverford College in Pennsylvania, where she studied psychology with an emphasis on neurobiology and cognitive science. She spent the 1990s working for startups as a project manager and software engineer before she discovered her passion for photography.

Isa has studied at the New England School of Photography and the Woodstock Center for Photography. In addition, she completed the Artist’s Professional Toolbox program sponsored by the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston. She has exhibited her work widely throughout the United States, including at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA; the Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA; the Photo Center Northwest, Seattle, WA; the Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR; Soho Photo Gallery, NY, NY; the Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA; the Photographic Resource Center in Boston, MA; and the Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan, CT. Her work is in numerous private collections and has been purchased by the Boston Public Library, Haverford College, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for their permanent collections. Her work is sold through the Corden|Potts Gallery in San Francisco, CA, the John Cleary Gallery in Houston, TX and the Richard Levy Gallery in Albuquerque, NM.

In 2010, Isa founded Exit 12 Press and published Thrills & Chills (ISBN: 978-0-615-35421-7), an exhibition catalog to accompany her solo exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography. The publication was named one of the best photography books of 2010 by Larissa Leclair, curator and director/founder of the Indie Photobook Library. The catalog has been added to the holdings of several public collections, including: the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England; the Boston Public Library in Boston, MA; the Photo Center NW Library in Seattle, WA; the Southeast Museum of Photography Reference Library in Daytona Beach, FL; the Houston Center for Photography library in Houston, TX; and the Indie Photobook Library in Arlington, VA.

Isa’s work has received four Prix de la Photographie, Paris Awards, an honorable mention for the Houston Center for Photography 2010 Fellowship Competition, and was nominated for a Black and White Spider Award in 2008 and 2010. In addition, she was selected for the 2010 Review Santa Fe Portfolio Review and she is a Critical Mass 2010 Finalist. Her work has been reviewed and published widely online and throughout the US and in Europe.

Isa spent 16 years living in various New England towns, including Providence, RI, Portsmouth, NH and Salem, MA. In October 2009, she moved to Houston, TX where she lives her life partner, Matt, and their three cats, Niccolo, Katarina, and Alfred.