Joanne LeonardJoanne Leonard is the Diane M. Kirkpatrick and Griselda Pollack Distinguished University Professor of Art and Women's Studies and a faculty associate in the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan. She completed her 31st year on the Faculty at University of Michigan and her 40th year of life as a college professor in May of 2009 when she retired from teaching. Her artistic and scholarly life continue with focus on feminist photography and visual memoir. During her tenure at University of Michigan, Prof. Leonard was Director of the Program in Visual Culture at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender for three years. Her presentation Marlene and Me in Changing Focus: Family Photography & American Jewish Identity can be seen at The Scholar and Feminist Online in the webjournal of Barnard’s Center for Research on Women. Her photography and collage pieces are often exhibited nationally and internationally. Publications in fine arts, feminist criticism and cultural analysis include: Janson's History of Art; Gardener's Art Through the Ages; Pregnant Pictures: The Work of Women in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction; Light Writing & Life Writing, Photography in Autobiography; Time Life's Library of Photography and Lucy Lippard's From the Center.


Joanne Leonard photo by Eleanor Rubin, 1990s


Recent Biographical Information:



Joanne Leonard spoke about her new book Being In Pictures

Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS), Bowling Green University


College Art Association

Joanne Leonard spoke on panel “Artist and Model” (concerning artists’ use of families and friends as models, panel Chair, Ruth Weisberg)

CAA 97th Annual Conference

Los Angeles, California, February 25–28, 2009



Newton Free Library, Newton Centre, MA

Joanne Leonard, spoke about Being in Pictures for Women’s History Month


Book Signing

San Francisco Book Signing

Margy Boyd Studio and Art Tours in collaboration with Bird and Beckett Books




Best Books Issue, December 2008. Review of Joanne Leonard’s Being In Pictures

Guy Cross

THE magazine

Santa Fe




Photo collage cover image for Transforming Science and Engineering Advancing Academic Women, University of Michigan Press, 2007 release, Abigail J. Stewart, et al.



Disturbing the Peace, Denise Bibro Gallery, NYC


Included in The Feminine and Its Dimensions Lecture on photography by Deborah Bright, photographer, author, as part of International Women's Day, Sao Paulo, Brazil



The Diane M. Kirpatrick and Griselda Pollock Distinguished University Professor,

University of Michigan (July 2004)


Janson’s History of Art, 6th edition revised, color reproduction of Romanticism Is

Ultimately Fatal, Abrams


About Face (Portraits), Denise Bibro Gallery, and Exhibition: The Art of Aging,

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York, NY and traveling New York, NY


Visitor's Residency
Visiting Artist and Scholar (February/March), American Academy in Rome



Capturing Light, Masterpieces of California Photography, 1850-2000,Photographs in the collection of the Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

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Joanne Leonard - Being in Pictures