Rusty Leffel
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6408 Willow Lane - Mission Hills, Kansas 66208

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Artist’s Statement

My work is street photography.  I am fascinated by cities and the way we live our daily lives in them.  I look for how we interact with each other and with the built environment around us.    


 Selected Recent Juried Group Exhibitions & Awards


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

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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