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Leslie K. Brown is an independent curator, scholar, and educator.  She specializes in the history of photography, modern and contemporary art, and American and visual studies.

Leslie K. Brown holds a PhD in the History of Art & Architecture from Boston University and an MA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin.  A former Curator at the Photographic Resource Center in Boston and current independent curator, she has curated and overseen close to 50 exhibitions. Known for offerings that focused on emerging artists and new ideas, the PRC gallery program garnered consistently positive press under her guidance and an award from the New England chapter of the Association of International Art Critics.  Brown has also worked as a museum educator at the Cheekwood Museum of Art and Austin Museum of Art.  She continues to work as a freelance arts professional, authoring essays for exhibition catalogs and artist books, and has guest curated exhibitions for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Fairfield University Art Museum, and Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

An award-winning educator, Brown has taught as an adjunct faculty member at BU, College of the Holy Cross, Lesley College of Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Simmons University, Wellesley College, and University of Massachusetts Boston.  An active speaker, panelist, and moderator at national and international conferences, she has also served as an invited guest reviewer for college departments and portfolio review events, such as Photolucida and Fotofest, as well as juried exhibitions at regional galleries and museums.  Brown is a native of Rochester, NY and the product of a Kodak family.


  • Department Visual & Media Arts
  • Since 2022
  • Office Hours
    • Wednesdays, 2-3pm ONLINE on ZOOM (signup via Google doc) and by appt. with instructor


B.A., SUNY College at Geneseo
M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., Boston University

Areas of Expertise

  • American Studies