L. Kasimu Harris
Lives and works in New Orleans

Master of Arts • University of Mississippi − May 2008
Journalism (concentration in Southern Studies) 

Bachelor of Business Administration • Middle Tennessee State University − August 2004 Entrepreneurship
(concentrations in Business Administration & Mass Communication)


Truth, By Any Means Necessary
Dunbar Gallery at Grambling State University (2019)
Grambling, La.

"L. Kasimu" curated by Kamau Ware
Warehouse Gallery (2016)
Brooklyn, New York

The 10 Year Journey: Reflections of Family, Identity & New Orleans Curated by Jennifer M. Williams
George & Leah  McKenna Museum of African American Art (2015)
New Orleans

Dreams Do Come True
Bellocq in The Hotel Modern (2013)
New Orleans



A Picture Gallery of the Soul
September 2020
Katherine E. Nash Gallery
University of Minnesota


L. Kasimu Harris and Vitus Shell
Southside Gallery
Oxford, Miss.


(Per)Sister: Incarcerated Women of Louisiana
Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University

Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories
June 2018
New Orleans Museum of Art

Race and Revolution: Still Separate - Still Unequal curated by Kathryn Fuller & Larry Ossei-Mensah Smack Mellon
Brooklyn, New York

Songs of My People: 25 Years Later curated by Dr. Imani Cheers
Gallery 102
The University of George Washington, Washington D.C.

Dandy Lion (Re) Articulating Black Masculinity Identity curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis
Lowe Art Museum
The University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida  

Louisiana Contemporary at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (also in 2014 & 2015)
New Orleans

Dandy Lion (Re) Articulating Black Masculinity Identity curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) 
San Francisco

Brighton Photo Biennial
The Dandy Lion Project curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis
University of Brighton Galleries--Edwards Street
United Kingdom

What's Going On (an Homage to Black Lives Matter)
Boyd Satellite Gallery
New Orleans

Dandy Lion (Re)Articulating Black Masculinity,
Museum of Contemporary Photography  at Columbia College Chicago curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis

The Rising curated by Richard McCabe
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans

Reparations, Contemporary Artist From New Orleans, Prospect.3+ (an international biennial art show) New Orleans Museum of Arts Above Canal: CANO’s Creative Spaces in Central City
Rights and Revival, Prospect.3+ (an international biennial art show) 
Myrtle Banks Building, New Orleans Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series National Juried Exhibition at the

Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans For Whom It Stands, Too A companion exhibit by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum at The Star Spangled Banner Flag House
Baltimore, Maryland

Freedom 2014: Through the Lens curated by Myesha Francis
Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery on the City Park Campus of Delgado Community College

New Orleans New Orleans in Photographs curated by Frank Relle at the Multi-Media Museum—Moscow House of Photography and sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.


The Invisible Man Exhibit: A Prospect.2  Satellite site
George & Leah  McKenna Museum of African American Art in New Orleans

2009 & 2010

Dr. Martin Luther King Tribute
New Orleans African-American Museum of Art & Culture

Summer Group Show
Southside Gallery
Oxford, Mississippi


•    Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Board of Trustees, (2018 to - present)
•    New Orleans Photo Alliance, Board of Directors, (2017 to - present)
•    Photographed  Leah Chase for the cover of the Spring 2018 issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas
•    Photographed the cover of the Spring 2017 and 2019 issues of Gravy, a publication from the Southern Foodways Alliance
•    Photographed the cover and a photo essay for the Summer 2016 issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas
•    Documented the Mississippi Gulf Coast with the Mississippi Arts Commission for the state’s bicentennial, 2017
•    Featured in the The New York Times and NPR for work in The Rising, at the Ogden's
•    Licensed a photograph to HBO’s Treme for the opening credits of the fourth and final season, 2013
•    Work is in the Wedge Collection in Toronto and private collections in Alabama, Louisiana and New York


“Using Arts and Culture to Combat the Fear Narrative,” The Opportunity Agenda’s Creative Change Retreat in Sundance, Utah, July 2017

ROOM 220 presents Dr. Jerry Ward and L. Kasimu Harris, Antenna Gallery, February 2017

“Blackness, Photography and Social Responsibility, School of Media, University of Brighton, United Kingdom October 2016

“Folklore + Digital Media, Digital Humanities, and Publishing” American Folklore Society and the International Society for Folk Narrative Research, Miami, Florida, October 2016

“Art, Revolution and Black Lives Matter” Black Arts Movement, Dillard University, September 2016

“Tom Dent Literary Showcase,” Dillard University, November 2016 “Controlling Your Image,” a lecture and exhibition with Vitus Shell, visual artist, at Philander Smith College (Little Rock, Arkansas) in February 2014  


Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style, by Shantrelle P. Lewis and published by the Aperture Foundation and contributed several photographs to the book as well as featured and profiled in the book (2017)

New Orleans & The World: The 1718 - 2018 Anthology, by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities  and contributed several photographs (2017)

PROSPECT.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swap catalogue, contributed a photograph of Darryl Montana (2017)

Best Food Writing 2016, a book of stories edited by Holly Hughes from Da Capo Lifelong Books; wrote   Ya-ka-mein: Old Sober for Edible New Orleans


•  2018 Honored Artist at New Orleans Museum of Art’s Love in the Garden
•    2017 Outstanding Artist Award, New Orleans Chapter of the National Collective of Artists
•    2017 Louisianan of the Year, art and culture, from Louisiana Life magazine
•    Honorable Mention in the Louisiana Contemporary at Ogden Museum of Southern Art – 2014
•    Best Pictorial Series in One Issue, 2nd place, from the Mississippi Press Association; Daily Division C Category Series published in The Daily Star – 2007

Inaugural Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers – Morrilton, Ark., Summer 2011
Studied with Jay Jennings for a week in creatively intensive workshops and manuscript critiques
The Poynter Institute, Summer Fellowship for Young Journalists – St. Petersburg, Fla., 2008