Rusty Leffel
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6408 Willow Lane - Mission Hills, Kansas 66208

Cell/Text: 816 806 7753  Email: (search box: rusty leffel)




Artist’s Statement

My work is street photography.  I am fascinated by cities and the way we live our daily lives in them.  I explore our really extraordinary common humanity through the people and places around us all. Much of our life experience is shaped on the streets of our lives and I look for the joy, surprise, beauty, interest and concerns that show up there.  


 Selected Recent Juried Group Exhibitions & Awards

31st Annual Northern National Art Competition.  Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI.  Juror:  Mark Steven Greenfeld, B.A., M.F.A., Artist / Educator - Los Angeles.  October 1 - November 9, 2018.

Faces.  Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.  Juror: Jacqueline Towers-Perkins, Specialist  Post- War & Contemporary Art; Bonhams Auctioneers, New York.  May-June 2018.

90th Annual International Juried Exhibition.    Art Association of Harrisburg, PA.  Juror:  Sara Softness, Assistant Curator, Special Projects, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.  May-June 2018.

46th International Art Exhibition.     Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts, Brownsville, TX.  Jurors: Dr. Ruth A. Keitz, PhD, MFA, UT-Austin; Alejandro Macias, Lecturer, MFA UT-Pan Am; ; Karl J. Lieck, BFA, Artist-composer in residence, U North Texas.  April-May 2018.

Camera USA: National Photography Exhibition
The von Liebig Art Center; Naples, FL. Juror: Harry Benson, photojournalist. May-August 2011.

79th Annual International Juried Exhibition.  Art Association of
Harrisburg; Harrisburg, PA.  First Place, Photography  with cash award.   Juror:  Alex Baker, Curator of Contemporary Art, PAAcademy of Fine Arts.  May-June 2007. 

16th National Juried Show.  Art Center of Northern New Jersey; New Milford, NJ. Best of Show with $1,000 cash award.   Juror:  Ted Mann, Asst. Curator–Collections, SolomonR.GuggenheimMuseum; New York, NY.  April-May 2007.


Salmagundi Club, New York City/Members.  Annual Members Show 2010, Honorable Mention; Annual Black and White Exhibition, Honorable Mention, September 2008;  Annual Combined Exhibition, Honorable Mention.  Jan, 2007; Non-Juried Summer Exhibition, Honorable Mention. August 2006.


71st Annual Cooperstown Art Association National 2006.  Cooperstown Art Assoc., Cooperstown, NY. Award of Merit. Jurors:  Elizabeth F. Barker, Dir., Ficker Art Gallery, Colgate Univ.; Sydney L. Waller, Ex. Dir. of Sculpture Space, Utica, NY.  July 2007.


15th National/Regional Juried Photography Show.  The Louisville Art Association, LouisvilleCenter for the Arts, Louisville, CO. Best of Category.   Juror:  Malia Thompson, Executive Director, Old Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO.  July 2006.


19th National Juried Art Exhibition.  South Cobb Arts Alliance, MableHouseArtsCenter, Mableton, GA.  Award of Excellence.  Juror:  Marcia Goldenstein, Professor of Drawing and Painting, University of Tennessee School of Art.  July-August 2006.


Cape Cod Art Association 2006 Annual New England Exhibition.  Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MAFirst Place, Photography.  Jurors: Cindy Nickerson, Director/Curator, Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit; Elizabeth Ives Hunter, Executive Director, Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, MA.  June-July 2006. 


National Juried Art Exhibition.  WalterGreerGallery, ArtsCenter of Coastal Carolina.  Hilton Head Art League, Hilton Head Island, SC.  Honorable Mention.  Juror:  Judi Betts, NWS, AWS, painter, instructor, juror and author.  May 2006


Brush with Art – the 14th Havre de Grace International Juried Art Exhibition. Harford Artists Assoc., Inc. & Havre de Grace Arts Commission; Riverview Gallery, Havre de Grace, MarylandHonorable Mention.  Juror:  Stephen Bennett Phillips, Curator, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.  July 2005


National Juried Art Exhibition.  Regional Artist Consortium, San Antonio, Texas. Honorable Mention-Award of Artistic Excellence.   Juror:  Charles Field, Prof Emeritus in Painting, University of Texas at San Antonio.  July 2005.


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY. "Moved to Act", invitational.  Marky Kauffmann and Ellen Feldman coo-curators.  October 27 - November 25, 2018;  Masur Museum of Art,  Monroe, LA, "About Face: A Study in Portraiture", from the permanent collection, "Band Members" by Rusty Leffel, featured photograph, Feb-April 2011;  The Late Show Gallery; Kansas City, Missouri,  "Overview", January 2012; Welcome to LA, August 2009; "Our of Kilter" January 2008; Thornhill Gallery, Avila University; Kansas City, MO, Portfolio/France", April 2008;   Haydon Art Center; Lincoln, Nebraska, "245 Blocks of Broadway, New York City/USA"; August, 2007 with exhibits also at Charno Gallery; Kansas City Artists Coalition; Kansas City, Missouri; May 2007 and  Rosewood Gallery; City of Kettering, Ohio, January 2006.



Masur Museum of Art-Monroe, Louisiana; Museum of Anthropology-California State University, Chico, California; Sprint Corporation Art Collection; City Art Collection-Prairie Village, Kans; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas.  Kansas Univeristy School of Business Art Collection; Lawrence, Kansas.  Spencer Art Museum; Lawrence, Kansas.

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