LEAH DYJAK is an interdisciplinary, lens-based artist whose work combines performance, labor, film, and photography to explore how generations of human use affect the ecologies of place. Dyjak’s images and site specific installations often push the edges of perception by manipulating surfaces with either the lens or in physical space. Their work challenges our understanding perceived boundaries and charts matters in-flux. Their current work and research is being conducted in disappearing lands in Southern Louisiana with a specific focus on infrastructure failure and the attempted control of the Mississippi River. 

Dyjak received their MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Their work is in multiple private collections and has been acquired by Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. They are a recipient of a Goldfarb Fellowship at the internationally renowned Djerrassi Resident Artist program in Woodside California. Recent publications include The Architectural Review, London UK and The Leonardo Journal of Art and Science, MIT press. Dyjak is summer faculty at the Anderson Ranch and is represented by the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown Massachusetts. Their work has been exhibited widely in places such as the Houston Center of Photography, Blue Star Contemporary, and The Front Gallery in New Orleans. 

Solo* and Two Person Exhibitions

2018 Force Majeure, Flex Space, San Marcos, TX*

          Unexpected Change, Higgins Gallery, Hyannis MA

2017 New Beach, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown MA

2016 Coastliners, Pump Project, Austin, TX*

          Gathered Clay with Angel Oloshove, Companion Gallery, Austin, TX

2012 Last Summer at Boo’s House, Dwell Costal Gallery, Provincetown, MA*

2009 Thin Lines, Dirty Truth, Northampton, MA*

2008 Thin Lines, Hope and Olive, Greenfield, MA*

          Thin Lines, Vermont Center of Photography, Brattleboro, VT*

Group Exhibitions

2019 Echos, The Front, New Orleans, LA

2018 From Underfoot, Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio, TX

          Fade Away and Radiate, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown MA

2017 To Be Honest, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen CO

2016 Art by the Pound, MoHA, Austin, TX

          In the Wake, Houston Center of Photography, Houston, TX

2015 Agree to Disagree, MFA Thesis exhibition, Visual Art Center, Austin, TX

          Parallels, RISD Gallery, Providence, RI

2014 Surface Tension with artist from Royal College of Art London, Pool, Austin, TX

          AMoA, Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX

2013 Reach Festival, EastWorks Galleries, Easthampton, MA

2007 Alumni Exhibition, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA

          40 Years of Continuing Education, Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art Boston, MA

2006 Make Use, Senior Thesis Exhibition, Presidents Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA


MFA Studio Art, University of Texas at Austin, 2015, Austin, TX

BFA Photography, Massachusetts College of Art and Design , 2006, Boston, MA

Awards and Scholarships

2019 Djerrassi Fellowship, Woodside CA

2017 Resident Scholarship, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown MA

         Tending Space Fellowship, Herma Foundation

         Excellence in Teaching Nomination, Texas State University

2016 Anderson Ranch, Artist in Residence Fellowship

2015 Society for Photographic Education, Conference Scholarship, New Orleans, LA

          Travel Grant, College of Fine Arts, University of Texas, Austin TX

2014/15 Russell Lee Presidential Fellowship in Photography, University of Texas, Austin, TX

2014/15 Nowlin Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Photography, University of Texas, Austin, TX

2013/14 Wells, Fleming, and Demming Fellow, Austin, TX

2013 Travel Grant, University of Texas, Open Engagement, Social Practice Symposium, Portland, OR

2012/13 David Bunting Fellow, University of Texas, Austin, TX

2010/11 The Fine Art Digital Print Workshop, International Center for Photography, New York, NY

2009 el Viejo Residencey, Solola Guatemala (four months)

           Haystack, Residency Scholarship, Deer Isle, ME

2008 Cone Editions Workshops, Scholarship recipient, East Topsham, VT

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