Born in in 1975 in Baltimore, MD, Lehr graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1998 and received his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2005. He currently lives and works in Queens, NY.
Lehr has held six solo exhibitions, including: If there was, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY (2015); Low Relief, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY (2013); Stet, Kunsthalle at M + B Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2011); Gibberish: John Lehr, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta, GA (2011); and Stet, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY (2010).
His work has been shown in exhibitions including The Pure Products of America Go Crazy , The Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (2015);A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY (2014); World’s Away: New Suburban Landscapes, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, and Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (2008); The Printed Picture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2008); and Closer to Home: The 48th Corcoran Biennial, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2005). Lehr has also been featured in exhibitions at venues such as Yale University Art + Architecture Gallery, New Haven, CT; Suzanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI; and Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL. His work will be included in an upcoming three-person exhibition at the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ.
Lehr has received reviews in publications such as Artforum, The New York Times, Art in America, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Yale Daily News, Artinfo, The Brooklyn Rail, New York Magazine, ARTNews, and The New York Photo Review.
His work is included in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.