A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

Jason Lazarus

Program Mentor


BS, Depaul University, 1994; MFA, Columbia College Chicago, 2003. Concurrent position: Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, University of South Florida, Tampa. Exhibitions: Art Institute of Chicago; SF MoMA, CA; Renaissance Society, Chicago; George Eastman Museum, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; MASS MoCA, MA; Queens Museum, NY. Press: NY Times, Art Forum, Frieze, LA Times, VICE Magazine, Art Agenda. Collections: SF MoMA, Art Institute of Chicago, MCA Chicago. Awards: Montalvo Arts Fellowship, Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

Experience at SAIC

I would not be the artist I am today without the support and influence of the School of the Art Institute—period.

Personal Statement

Jason Lazarus (born 1975) is an artist, curator, educator, and writer. Working at the intersection of expanded photography and community engagement, Lazarus' work seeks experiential forms and methods to grapple with the politics of representation.

Current Interests

Protest signs, vernacular photography, LED lights, political arcs, animated GIFS, lives and objects at the margins of history, independent storefronts, inkjet technology, Hito Steyerl, Hakim Bey, Rebecca Solnit, Anne Boyer, the concept of monumentality, new forms of exchange, the classroom



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