Summer Jade Leavitt (she/they) was born and lives in Miami, Florida. They received a BFA with concentrations in Performance, Critical Theory, and Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University School of Art. Working in photo, video, installation, performance, and text, Leavitt's practice explores queer histories, lineages, and futures. Seeking to locate origins of trauma and excavate them from the body, they are creating space for all
that has been lost, all that is yet to come.
Selected Solo exhibitions include Language is Leaving Me, Possible Bodies (Two Person Show), and We Have a Future, Perhaps. Selected group exhibitions include Dot Gov at Miller Institute of Contemporary Art, Ten Futures at 937 Gallery, and The Self, Realized: Queering the Art of Self Portraiture at BH Association. Leavitt has received a 2020 Warhol Foundation WaveMaker grant, a 2019 Pushcart Prize Nomination, the 2018 Academy of American Poets Prize from Carnegie Mellon, 2018 and 2017 Samuel Rosenberg Art Awards, and was a finalist for the 2018 Charlotte Mew Prize with Headmistress Press, with whom they published their first chapbook mad girl’s crush tweet.
They currently run The Queer Theory Library and are a Curatorial and Cultural Programs Associate at Deering Estate.