Jessina Leonard


Jessina Lynn Leonard is an interdisciplinary artist working across photography, writing, bookmaking and sculpture. Her work and research explores the intersection of religion, gender, power and the limits of human knowledge. She graduated with a MA in religious studies from Duke University in 2015 and an MFA in photography with distinction from Rhode Island School of Design in 2020, where she was the recipient of the Henry Wolf Award for Photographic Excellence. In 2021-2022, she received a Fulbright Study/Research Award to Berlin, Germany. She has exhibited her work at SomoS Art House (Berlin), ClampArt (NYC), A.R.E.A. Gallery (Boston), and the RISD Museum (Providence), among other places. In 2019, she was a resident artist at the Studio for Art, Faith and History (Orvieto, Italy), as well as the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (FL). She has taught visual literacy courses in Durham Public Schools (NC) and at Project Open Door (RI) and has served as visiting faculty at Rhode Island School of Design, Lesley University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.