Artist Panel Talk: John Paradiso, Shen Wei, Matt Storm

Artist panel talk

Join Gallery 102 and artists Shen Wei, John Paradiso, and Matt Storm for a panel discussion around topics of censorship, photography, intimacy, and care. The panel talk is free and open to the public. The gallery is ADA accessible.

John Paradiso (b. 1962; Albany, NY, USA) earned a BFA from the State University of New York (Purchase) and his MFA from the State University of New York (Buffalo). He is a mixed media artist and describes his work as metaphorical and based upon such issues as identity, sexuality, health, and love. He has work in private and public collections including the Kinsey institute and a portfolio of seven photographs in the National Picture Collection at the Library of Congress, (AIDS portfolio). John has served as a health educator and caregiver in the HIV/AIDS community for over twenty years where he developed educational programs and provided peer-based counseling. More recently he was an Artist-in-Residence at the Washington Hospital Center working with adult cancer patients, their families and caregivers. He currently works for the Landex Corporation as their Resident Artist and Curator at Portico Gallery and Studios in Brentwood MD.

Matt Storm (b. 1991; New Jersey, USA) is a photo-based artist in Washington, D.C., and shows work in solo & group shows across the U.S. His work engages with the theme of identity and the question “who are we, and how do we know?” He approaches this through portraiture, and his imagery includes transgender and queer issues, family, and community. Storm graduated Dartmouth College cum laude with a BA in Studio Art, and with the Perspectives on Design Award. Storm has worked in Dartmouth College’s art department, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and the Marpha Foundation in Nepal. Storm serves on the leadership team of the LGBTQ Caucus of the Society for Photographic Education, and he is one of the inaugural artists at STABLE Arts in D.C. Highly involved in Washington D.C.’s transgender community, Storm recently curated a large, extended show of work from artists in the community, as part of May Is All About Trans, a monthlong celebration of the trans and non-binary communities in DC.

Shen Wei (b. 1977; Shanghai, China) is a visual artist based in New York City and Shanghai. He is known for his intimate self-portraits and portraits of others, as well as his poetic images of contemporary China. His work has been exhibited internationally, with venues including the Museum of the City of New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, La Triennale di Milano, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Guardian, CNN, Aperture, ARTnews, American Photo, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, and Financial Times. Shen Wei’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Library of Congress, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Chinese in America, and the Ringling Museum of Art, among others. Shen Wei is a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts Residency, the Asian Cultural Council Arts & Religion Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Grant. He holds an MFA in photography, video, and related media from the School of Visual Arts, New York; and a BFA in photography from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

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