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Leslie Jean-Bart is an artist who has been exhibited in the USA, and abroad.

Born in Haiti where he acquired his love for the ocean, the call to somehow combine the ocean or water and the camera was never far from his mind once he became involved with photography.

Being his mother’s caretaker, who suffered from dementia for over a decade, has been one of the two major factors that have been powering Leslie Jean-Bart’s creativity and his overall view of life these last few years.  The second is the magic of the ocean, and its ability to transport him to a place of calmness and beauty.

The opportunity to combine the ocean and the camera came about while being his mother’s caretaker.  In his process, Jean-Bart uses the movement of the tide and sand at the beach as a visual exploration of the interaction between the culture of a host country and the culture of the immigrant who lives permanently abroad.

He is honored to have been one of the artists asked by Art Alive Gallery in India to contribute to their Art For Hope initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic.

His work can be found in various private collections. He has been living in NYC for well over 30 years.

 

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Solo & Two Person Exhibitions

2018             Juried Portfolio Showcase, Memories of Childhood, Curator Karen Davis, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY

2017            Memories and Mysteries, Curator Debra Vanderburg Spencer, Kenkeleba Gallery, NYC

2017             Griffin Museum of Photography Virtual Gallery, Curator Paula Tognarelli, Winchester MA

2016             Xavier University of Louisiana, Curator Sarah Clunis, New Orleans, LA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021             Texas Photographic Society 29: The International Competition, Juror Elizabeth Avedon, Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, Tx

2021             Texas Photographic Society 29: The International Competition, Juror Elizabeth Avedon, The Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, Tx

2021             27th Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition, Juror Arnika Dawkins, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

2021             Waters Meet / Sangam, Curator Tara Sabharwal, Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2021             Splash, Curator Paula Tognarelli, Grifin's Lafayette City Center, Boston, MA

2021             30 Over 50 in Context, Juror Arnika Dawkins, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2021             Open Up your Archive to Your Story, Juror Elizabeth Avedon, South x Southeast Gallery, Molena, GA

2021              Art On The Avenue, New York, NY

2021             Members Show 2021, The Center for Photography at Woodstock

2021             The 2020 Favorite Photo Exhibition, Juror Aline Smithson, Lenscratch

2020             YOU WILL REMEMBER ME: Migration Stories, Curator Tara Sabharwal, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi, India

2020             The Heart Goes Nine, Juror J. Sybylla Smith, Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI

2020             In Between: KC Crossroads, Curator Tara Sabharwal in collaboration with Roger Gann, Studios Inc, Kansas City, MO

2020             Portals: Windows, Mirrors, and Doors, Juror Elizabeth Avedon, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

2020             inBetween, Curator Tara Sabharwal, hosted by Karen Kunc, Constellation Studios, Lincoln NE

2020             Family, Juror Aline Smithson, The SE Center For Photography, Greenville, SC

2020             Texas Photographic Society 29: The International Competition, Juror Elizabeth Avedon, The Silos at sawyer Yards, Houston, Tx

2020             Selects 2020, Juror Francis Thompson, Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, GA

2020             Abstraction, Juror Kirsten Hoving, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

2020             Black + White, Juror Elizabeth Avedon, South x Southeast Gallery, Molena, GA

2020             Light, Juror Christa Dix,  The SE Center For Photography, Greenville, SC

2020             The 2020 Lenscratch Vote Exhibition, Juror Aline Smithson, Lenscratch

2020             Water: Element of Change, Juror Hannah Frieser, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

2020             Winter Solstice 2020, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

2020             Vision 1020, Curator Beuford Smith, Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, NYC

2020             The 2020 Self-Quarantining Exhibition, Juror Aline Smithson, Lenscratch

2020             Portraits, Juror Elizabeth Avedon, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX

2020             The 2020 Members Show, Center for Photography At Woodstock, Woodstock, NY

2020             26th Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition, Juror Alexa Dilworth, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

2020             Corona: It's All About the Light, Online Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

2020             The Your Favorite Photograph of 2019 Exhibition, Lenscratch

2019             In Your Mother Tongue: A Word and Image Dialogue, Juror Paula Tognarelli, Griffin Museum of Photography at Lafayette

                      City Center, Boston, MA

2019             IN BETWEEN, Curator Tara Sabharwal, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA

2019             Immigrants, Curators Ellen Jacobs and Pierre-Yves Linot, Soho Photo Gallery, NYC

2019             Primary source, Juror Paula Tognarelli, Griffin Museum of Photography at Lafayette City Center, Boston, MA

2019             2019 San Francisco Bay International Photography Competition, Jurors Elizabeth Avedon, Julie grahame, Ann M. Jastrab, David Garnick, San Francisco, CA

2019             2019 SoHo Photo National Competition, Juror Julie Grahame of aCurator, SoHo Photo Gallery, NYC

2019             Time Zero and Beyond, Juror John Reuter, Rhode Island Photographic Arts, Providence, RI

2019             Warter 2019, Juror Elizabeth Avedon, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont

2019             25th annual Member's Exhibition, Juror Julie Grahame, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA 

2019             5th Annual Group Show, Juror Paula Tognaelli, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY     

2019             The Curated Fridge, Jurors David Carol and Ashly Stohl of Peanut Press, Somerville, MA

2019             The Curated Fridge, Jurors David Carol and Ashly Stohl of Peanut Press, Los Angeles, CA

2019             Momentum, Juror Debra Klomp Ching of Klompching Gallery, NYC4 PA, New York City

2019             Diptych, Juror Kevin Tully, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX

2019             Winter Solstice 2019 Member's Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

2019             The 2019 Family Exhibition, Lenscratch

2019             2019 Photographs In Conversation, Lenscratch

2019             The 2019 Kiss Exhibition, Lenscratch 

2018             Group Exhibition, Curator Debra Vanderburg Spencer, Clinton Foundation, NYC

2018             Abstraction, Curator Paula Tognarelli, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

2018             Winter Solstice 2018 Member's Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

2018             Interior, Juror Elizabeth Avedon, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX

2018             2018 National Juried Photography Exhibition, Juror Paula Tognarelli, Wickford Art Association, North Kingstown, RI 

2018             San Franscico Bay International Photo Show, Jurors: Debra Klomp Ching of Klompching Gallery, Aline Smithson of

                      Lenscratch, David Garnick of Bokeh Bokeh Photo

2018             Fourth Annual Group Show, Juror Paula Tognarelli of The Griffin Museum, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY

2018             Environmental Portraits, Juror Elizabeth Avedon, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

2018             Metamorphosis, Juror Wendi Schneider, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Jct., VT   

2018             Center for Photography Woodstock Squared - Juried Exhibition Fundraiser| Juror Hannah Frieser| "Glimpse of...|Woodstock, NY                                          

2018             Camera USA 2018, Jurors: Christopher Jones of The Ringling Museum of Art, Mark Sloan of Halsey Institute of

                      Contemporary Art, Paula Tognarelli of Grifin Museum of Photography, Naples Art Association, Naples, Florida

2018             Coney Island, Curators: Rob Levy, Rick Kopstein, Lauren Welles, Charles P. Sifton Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2018             ONE 2017 Call for Entry, Juror Aline Smithson of Lenscratch, NYC4PA, New York, NY

2018             Small Works Baruch 2018, Juror Elizabeth Avedon, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, New York, NY

2018              Winter 2018 Show, Juror J. Sybylla Smith, The Curated Fridge, Somerville, MA

2018              One-2017 Exhibition, Juror Aline Smithson of Lenscratch, NYC4PA, New York, NY

2018              The 2017 Favorite Photograph Exhibition, Lenscratch, 

2017              Small Works Baruch 2017, Juror Elizabeth Avedon of L'Oeil De La Photography, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, New York, NY

2017              Analog v. Digital, Juror Michael Foley, Michael Foley Gallery, New York, NY

2017              Water 2017, Juror Jennifer Murray of Filter Photo, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2017             4th Annual Open Call Juried Exhibition, Juror Julie Grahame of aCurator, Providence Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI

2017             Portrait: Within Time & space, Juror Elizabeth Avedon, South x Southeast Gallery, Molena, GA

2017              Liquid Exhibition, Juror Debra Klomp Ching of Klompching Gallery, NYC4PA, New York, NY

2017              3rd Annual Open Call Group Exhibition, Juror Paula Tognarelli of Griffin Museum of Photography, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY

2017              "Black & White", Juror Elizabeth Avedon of L'Oeil De La Photography, A Smith Gallery,  Johnson City, TX

2017              3rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Juror Paula Tognarelli of Griffin Museum of Photography, Providence Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI

2017              Second Annual Fine Art Exhibition (On Line), Juror Crista Dix of Wall Space Gallery, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA

2017              Virtual The Curated Fridge, Juror Yorgos Efthymiadis

2017              Fourth Annual Members Exhibition (On Line), Juror Paula Tognarelli of Griffin Museum of Photography, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA 

2017              WInter Solstice, Members Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

2017              The 2017 Unnatural Exhibition, Juror Aline Smithson, Lenscratch

2017              The 2017 Summer Fun Exhibition, Lenscratch

2017              The 2017 Snow Exhibition, Lenscratch

2017              2017 Annual Members Show, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY

2017              The 2016 Favorite Photograph Exhibition, Lenscratch

2016              The Airport Exhibition, Atlanta Photography Group (APG),  Juror Amy Miller, Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport

2015              Illuminate, Juror Elizabeth Avedon of L'Oeil De La Photographie, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2015              Mary Stanley Selects, Atlanta Photography Group (APG), Atlanta, GA

2015              Kamoinge's Timeless, Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, NY

2004-13        Mother diagnosed with dementia & was sole caretaker

2001              Committed to The Image, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

2001              Nicola Wood Retrospective, (A Collage of Mine) Petersen, Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California

2001              Group Show, Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York, NY

2000              Group Show, Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York, NY

 

Awards

2020              Portals: Windows, Mirrors, and Doors at PhotoPlace Gallery| Juror's Award| Juror Elizabeth Avedon| "View"

2020              26th Annual Juried Members' Exhibition at The Griffin Museum of Photography|Arthur Griffin Legacy Award| Juror Alexa Dilworth| "The Prayer"

2020              Texas Photographic Society 29: The International Competition|First Place Award|Juror Elizabeth Avedon|"The Prayer"

2019              2019 San Francisco Bay International Photography Competition|"Silver Award| Jurors Elizabeth Avedon, Julie Grahame, Ann M. Jastrab, David Garnick|        

                       "Running"

2019              2019 SoHo Photo National Competition| Honorable Mention| Juror Julie Grahame of aCurator| "Pas de Deux"

2019              Water 2019| Honorable Mention| Juror Elizabeth Avedon| "Running"

2019              Momentum| Second Place| Juror Debra Klomp Ching| "Leaping"

2018               San Francisco Bay International Photo Show|Silver Medal Award|Jurors: Debra Klomp Ching, Aline Smithson, and

                       David Garnick|"The Seeker"

2018               ONE 2017 Call for Entry|Honorable Mention| Juror Aline Smithson of Lenscratch|"Striding"

2017               4th Open Call Exhibition|Best of Show|Juror Julie Grahame| "Anticipation"

2017               Liquid Call Exhibition|First Place|Juror Debra Klomp Ching| "The Seeker"

2017               Liquid Call Exhibition|Juror's Choice|Juror Debra Klomp Ching| "Laughter"

2017               3rd Open Call Exhibition|Honorable Mention|Juror Paula Tognarelli|"Engagement"

2017               "black & white"|Juror's Honorable Mention|Juror Elizabeth Avedon|"The Cargo has Arrived"

2000               Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor Book Award for “Strong to the Hoop

2000                “Strong to the Hoop” was listed in Between the By-Road and the Main Road
                        list of recommended global children’s literature that use collage.
                        "Strong to the Hoop" was chosen as an American Library Association Notable Book.
                        "Strong to the Hoop" was named one of the Choice Books by the Cooperative 
                        Children's Book Center.
                        "Strong to the Hoop" was picked as A Notable Social Studies Trade Book For Young
                        People by the Children's Book Council.
                        "Strong to the Hoop" was chosen as a Best Children's Book of the Year by the Children's
                        Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, New York.
                        "Strong to the Hoop" was Selected as a Notable Book for a Global Society by the 
                        International Reading Association

 

Selected Bibliography

2020               Aline, Smithson, "Leslie Jean-Bart: Echoes of Imagination" Lenscratch, June 20, 2010

2016               Rosen, Sara, "Profile / Leslie Jean-Bart: Reality & Imagination" Crave, March 2, 2016

2014               Gonzalez, David, “Mirrors in the Sand” Metropolitan Section Sunday New York Times, July 6, 2014

2014               Grahame, Julie, “Reality and Imagination: Photo Collage in Coney Island, Huffpost Art & Culture,  July 22, 2014 

 

                        Born, Aquin, Haiti. Currently resides in New York City.

Education

                        B.A., Columbia University, New York, NY

                        M.S.J., Columbia University, New York, NY