Anna Leigh Clem is a photo-based artist working with book arts, text, sculpture, and other media to explore and portray her unconscious ruminations. Compelled by the secret worlds inherent in memories, dreams, and childhood, her work aims to recreate these otherwise invisible realms. Clem received the Robert Elder Scholarship in 2008 and was selected as an Honorable Mention in the 2015 FotoVisura Grant. Her work has been shown at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Foley Gallery in New York, Visual Studies Workshop, Camera Club of New York, Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, New York, Griffin Museum of Photography, Month of Photography Los Angeles, GuatePhoto Festival, and Elysium Gallery in Swansea, Wales. Clem has been interviewed by World Photography Organisation and JPG Magazine. 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.

As a child, Anna’s imagination was inspired by the small magical garden behind her home within the urban enclave of Hoboken, New Jersey. Some years later, Clem attended high school in New Paltz, New York where she discovered photography and the greater natural world. In 2012, she graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine-Art Degree in photography. Anna is currently pursuing her MFA at Lesley University and is based in Somerville, Massachusetts.



Lesley University
College of Art and Design
Master of Fine Art 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 Art Degree in Professional Photographic Illustration, 2012

Focus: Fine Art Photography


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


  • “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”, PhotoPlace Gallery exhibition catalog; photograph (p. 32), 2013
  • “Self Portrait”, PhotoPlace Gallery exhibition catalog; 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


“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)” 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

RIT; Rochester, NY March 2012


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 fine-art photographer working with still and moving imagery to portray her unconscious ruminations. She is based in the Hudson Valley of New York.
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