Anna Leigh Clem is an artist working in photography, text, book arts, video, sculpture, and other media to investigate the nature of ephemerality. Compelled by the ineffable secrets embedded in memories, dreams, and the natural world, her work makes tangible these otherwise invisible realms. Clem holds a Master of Fine-Arts in photography and integrated media from Lesley University (2021) and a Bachelor of Fine-Arts in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology (2012). Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally, at venues such as Bromfield Gallery, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Foley Gallery, Visual Studies Workshop, Camera Club of New York, Davis Orton Gallery, Griffin Museum of Photography, GuatePhoto Festival, and Elysium Gallery. She has published both trade edition books and artist’s books, several of which are held in the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University and the Franklin Furnace Artists’ Book Collection at Pratt Institute. Clem is currently based on the North Shore of Boston and teaches at Montserrat College of Art.



“Contextualize” Der Greif 15th Anniversary Display, group exhibit
Pinakothek der Moderne; Berlin, Germany  June 16-18 2023

“The Fantastic Show” group exhibit
Endicott College; Beverly, MA  February 24-April 18 2023

“Tucked into the Garden Bed” solo exhibit
Bromfield Gallery; Boston, MA  January 4-29 2023

“Homecoming” group exhibit
James Kerney Campus Gallery; Trenton, NJ  December 8-January 29 2022

“Almost Endless” group exhibit
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art; Altoona, PA  August 4-September 25 2021

“Untouchable” Lesley Photography and Integrated Media MFA thesis show
Roberts Gallery, Lunder Arts Center; Cambridge, MA  July 2-12 2021

“Exlibro: All About Books” group exhibit
Arts Mid-Hudson Gallery; Poughkeepsie, NY  July 12-28 2019

“The Perennial Garden” solo exhibit

Facets of Earth; Kingston, NY  March 2019

“Analog v. Digital” group exhibit

Foley Gallery; New York, NY August 16-26 2017

“Radius 50” group exhibit, juror: David A. Ross

Woodstock Artists Association & Museum; Woodstock, NY August 5-27 2017

Month of Photography Los Angeles Photo Book Exhibit” group exhibit

Venice Arts; Venice, CA January 7-29 2017

“Common Sense(s)” group exhibit at Photo-Bookworks Symposium

Visual Studies Workshop; Rochester, NY June 23-25 2016, exhibit up May-July 2016

“Zine and Self-Published Book Fair” group exhibit, curator: Anouk Kruithof

Camera Club of New York; New York, NY June 10-12 2016

“Welcome: Page by Page” photobook show, curator: Hannah Frieser, and “Common Sense(s)” zine show, curators: Juan Madrid and Carlos Loret de Mola

Center for Photography at Woodstock; Woodstock, NY February-April 2016

“PHOTOBOOK 2015” group exhibit – “grounded” chosen as 1 of 4 best of show, jurors: Karen Davis and Paula Tognarelli

Davis Orton Gallery; Hudson, NY November-December 2015

Griffin Museum of Photography; Winchester, MA January-March 2016

“PHOTOcentric 2015” group exhibit, juror: Julie Saul

Garrison Art Center; Garrison, NY December-January 2016

“ESPY 2015” group exhibit – on-screen segment, jurors: Helen Sear and Peter Finnemore

elysiumgallery; Swansea, Wales November-December 2015

2015 FotoVisura Grant Exhibition at GuatePhoto”group exhibit

Santo Domingo del Cerro; Antigua, Guatemala November 2015

“Paper White” group exhibit, curator: Lori Van Houten

PS 209; Stone Ridge, NY December-January 2015

“Zine! Zine!” group exhibit, curator: Heige Kim

Roos Arts; Rosendale, NY December 2014

“NET 11: The Poetic Narrative” group exhibit online, curators:
Ashley Kauschinger of Light Leaked and Ethan Fogus

Oranbeg Press; Brooklyn, NY November 2014

“Thesaurus” group projection show, curator: John O’Toole of Oranbeg Press

Dossier Outpost; New York, NY August 2014

“NET 04: I fear for my safety” group projection and print show, curators:
Nathaniel Grann and Jordan Swartz of Empty Stretch

Furthermore; Washington, DC April 2014

“NET 03: The Chimera” group exhibit online, curator: Juan Madrid

Oranbeg Press; Brooklyn, NY February 2014

“Winter Salon” group exhibit, curator: Lori Van Houten

PS 209; Stone Ridge, NY December-January 2014

“Light Me Up” group exhibit, curator: Heige Kim

Roos Arts; Rosendale, NY December 2013

“The Art of Photography Show 2013” group exhibit, juror: Julia Dolan

San Diego Art Institute; San Diego, CA October-November 2013

“Slideluck Woodstock II” group projection show, jurors:
Ariel Shanberg, Carrie Haddad, Stephanie Heimann and Sabine Meyer

The Center for Photography at Woodstock; Woodstock, NY August 2013

“City Streets / Country Roads” group exhibit, juror:
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

PhotoPlace Gallery; Middlebury, VT July-August 2013

“Secret Garden” solo exhibit, curator: Lori Van Houten

PS 209; Stone Ridge, NY May-June 2013

“Self Portrait” group exhibit online annex, juror: Caleb Cole

PhotoPlace Gallery; Middlebury, VT May-June 2013

“I know you through pictures, vol. II” Fine Art Photography senior class exhibit

Gallery R; Rochester, NY June-July 2012

“The Nostalgia Project” Multimedia performance and music video

Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Imagine RIT; Rochester, NY April-May 2012

“I know you through pictures.” Fine Art Photography senior class exhibit

Rochester Institute of Technology; Rochester, NY March 2012


Lesley University
College of Art and Design
Master of Fine-Arts Degree, 2021
Photography and Integrated Media

Visura GUILD two-year mentorship program

Rochester Institute of Technology
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Fine-Arts Degree in Professional Photographic Illustration, 2012
Focus: Fine-Art Photography


Boscobel Summer Artist Residency, 2020
Boscobel House and Gardens

Photographers' Fellowship Fund, The Center for Photography at Woodstock

Honorable Mention for project To be oneself completely, 2015

Juror: Vince Aletti

FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project

Honorable Mention for project It will become something, 2015

Jurors: Elizabeth Griffin, Grey Hutton, Judy Walgren, Lindsay Blatt, MaryAnne Golon, Sebastian Liste, and Simon Barnett

Robert Elder Scholarship, RIT

Four-year scholarship awarded to one freshman photography student, 2008 - 2012


  • “In the Orangery” self-published photography book, 2023
  • “Laden” self-published photography book, 2023
  • “Homecoming” exhibition catalogue, MFA Photography Reviews; photographs and text (pp. 190-91), 2022
  • Photography and Integrated Media exhibition catalogue, Lesley University; photographs and text (pp. 6-7), 2021
  • “Floating Petals”, artist’s book, 2020
  • “Outside of a photograph's borders”, World Photography Organisation; online interview, May 10, 2017
  • shapeshifter”, self-published photography book, 2016
  • grounded”, self-published photography zine, 2015
  • Kosmosis Volume I: Retrograde”, Brooklyn-based magazine; cover photograph, 2014
  • “City Streets / Country Roads” exhibition catalog, PhotoPlace Gallery; photograph (p. 32), 2013
  • “Self Portrait” exhibition catalog, PhotoPlace Gallery; photograph (p. 56), 2013
  • DUO”, student-run magazine; photographs and poetry (p. 35), 2011
  • RIT Signatures Magazine 2011-2012, Literary and Art Magazine; poem (p. 59), 2011
  • RIT Reporter Magazine, RIT student-run magazine; cover photograph, 2010
  • “Best of College Photography 2010”, Photographer's Forum; photograph (p. 142), 2010
  • “JPG Featured Member", JPG Magazine; online interview, February 2008
  • Diana F+ book, Lomographic Society International; photograph (p. 140), 2008
  • New Paltz Times; interview, October 4, 2007
  • New Paltz Times; review of Whitecliff Vineyard exhibit, May 3, 2007


W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

Indie Photobook Library

Franklin Furnace Artists' Book Collection, Pratt Institute

Anna Leigh Clem

Anna Leigh Clem is a photo-based artist working with book arts, text, video, sculpture, and other media to explore and portray her longings for innocence and connection with the natural world.
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