Leon Kortenkamp, MFAlkortenkamp

Professor in Art

Leon Kortenkamp is a San Francisco Bay Area artist and writer who lives with his wife, Ginny, in Belmont, California. They are the parents of five grown children. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. His work has been exhibited, published and collected throughout the United States. His recent writing includes short fiction illustrated with brushed-plate monotypes, and his recent exhibitions feature crossover works on paper, which include writing with imagery, paintings and mixed media assemblage. He grew up in rural Iowa, and memories of those formative years are often reflected in his work. It is from this perspective that he examines the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life. His work often features a resolute consideration of constrained emotion lurking in the mundane, reflecting his conviction that ordinary objects and everyday events are deeply charged with spiritual reality. He is a deacon in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.


  • MFA, University of Notre Dame

Courses Taught

  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Art History


  • Chopin with Chardonnay, Crux Literary Journal, 2014
  • The Smell of Turpentine, Straylight Literary Journal, 2015
  • Encounter in Colmar, Pilgrim Literary Journal, 2015


  • Collection of small paintings, drawings and monotypes, Blackfriars Gallery, Berkeley, California
  • Scriptural narrative photographs with hand-written captions, San Damiano Retreat Center Gallery, Danville, California. Exhibition runs through June 1, 2016.