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Visiting Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies

Left: "Anthony, Pensacola, Florida, 2010" from the series "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Courtesy Artist and Kaycee Olsen Gallery. Right: "Exhibition/Night Projection of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" by Jeff Sheng, in Washington D.C., November 2010" Courtesy Human Rights Campaign.

Jeff Sheng is an artist based in Los Angeles, California.  His most recent photo series, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” featured closeted service members in the United States military affected by the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.  These images were widely referenced throughout 2010 by the national press, media and activist groups during the repeal of the decades long policy, including a solo exhibition of Sheng’s work sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign in Washington D.C. a few weeks before the final repeal vote was passed by Congress.  His photography has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and Time Magazine, and he has been profiled by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, the BBC, CNN, and by ABC World News Tonight, most recently in 2010 by Diane Sawyer and Bob Woodruff for a segment about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” 

Jeff Sheng first became known for his photo series, “Fearless,” a photo series about “out” LGBT athletes on high school and college sports teams, that integrated art with social activism, and Sheng frequently exhibits and speaks about this work at various high schools, colleges and corporations.  Between 2006-2011, he did over forty solo exhibitions and artist talks at high school and college campuses across the United States.  In 2009, he was awarded a grant to exhibit his artwork at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  Other exhibition venues have included ESPN Headquarters in 2008, the 2009 International LGBT Human Rights Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Nike World Headquarters in 2010.

Jeff Sheng holds an AB degree from Harvard University in Visual and Environmental Studies and he received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine, in 2007.  He teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and will be a Visiting Lecturer in Photography at Harvard University for the Visual and Environmental Studies department during the Fall of 2011.

Artist Talk: Thursday, September 22, 6 pm, Room B-04

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