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artist , educator

Jo Babcock, American artist, educator. Recipient Governors award New York State Council on Arts, 1989; grantee City of Oakland, 1985, New York State Council on Arts, 1988, National Endowment for Arts, 1990. Member Primitive Hunting Society.


Babcock, Jo was born on February 24, 1954 in St. Louis. Son of Boyd Leon and Shirley Lynn (Hamm) Babcock.


Student, University of California at Los Angeles, 1975;Bachelor of Fine Arts, San Francisco The Art Institute of Chicago, 1976;Master of Fine Arts, San Francisco The Art Institute of Chicago, 1979.


Color and black and white printer Rolling Stone magazine, San Francisco, 1976, Outside magazine, San Francisco, 1977. Cameraman 1st California Press, 1977-1980. Electrician Brothers Electric, 1984-1989.

Exhibit designer Levi Strauss & Company, 1989—2004. Associate professor San Francisco Art Institute, 1989-1993, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York, 1991. Associate professor photography faculty Academy Art University, San Francisco, 2006—2010.

Photo history teacher. Photo alternative process teacher. Photo mixed media teacher.


  • book

  • Other Work

    • Author: The Invented Camera, 2005, Stenope, Delphine Publication, France, 2007, Pmhole tp Print, Sweden, 2009. One-man shows include Chicago Art Institute, 1982, Zwinger Gallery, Berlin, 1987, Marcuse Pfeiffer Gallery, New York City, 1988, CEPA, Buffalo, 1988, Artspace, San Francisco, 1989, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York, 1990, Jo Babcock's Camera Van, Kmox-Tv, St. Louis, 1990, Kyle Roberts Gallery, San Francisco, 1992, Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 1995, Oakland (California) Museum, 1997, Addison Gallery American Art, Andover, Massachusetts, 1997, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, California, 2005, Butte College, Chico, California, 2007, Steven Wolf Fine Art, San Francisco, 2010, others. Exhibited in group shows at Friends of Photography Gallery, Carmel, 1976, Cal Arts, Valencia, California, 1979, The Alternative Museum, New York, 1981, Wooster St. Gallery, New York, 1981, Living Museum, Rejkjavik, Iceland, 1983, 10 on 8, New York, 1983, Windows on White, New York, 1984, Public Image, New York, 1984, Otis Parsons Gallery, Los Angeles, 1985, Hotel Project, Oakland, California, 1986, Roanoke (Virginia) Museum Fine Art, 1988, Center for contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, 1988, Artists at the Rock, Alcatraz, California, 1988, Sao Paulo (Brazil) Bienal, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1989, Kala Institute, 1985,Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, 1991, Oliver Art Center, CCAC, 1991, Lieberman & Saul, New York, 1991, Tampa Museum Art, 1992, San Jose Museum Art, 1992, Palm Springs Desert Museum, 1993, 100 Years of Landscape Art in the Bay Area, M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, 1995, Bay Area Landscapes, 1995, Texas Technology University, Lubbock, 2006, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, 2007, Society Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, 2007, 707 Gallary, Pittsburgh, 2008, others.

      Represented in permanent collections at San Francisco Museum Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Camerawork San Fransisco, 2009, Camara Club New York, 2009, Newport Harbor Art Museum, Lightwork, Syracuse, New York, La Biblioteque, Avignon, France, San Francisco Public Library., San Francisco Arts Commission, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochestor, New York, National Collection, Smithsonian Institution, Literature Getty Institute, Los Angeles, Artist In Residence, Rayko Photo Center, 2010, others.


Member Primitive Hunting Society.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: building pinhole cameras.


Married Diane DeVoto, August 20, 1973 (divorced June 1975). Domestic partner Kitty Costello, October since 1991.

Boyd Leon Babcock

Shirley Lynn (Hamm) Babcock

Kitty Costello