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Jay Simple (b. 1987, USA) is an American visual and performance artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography at Longwood University and a Lecturer of Film and Photography at Virginia Commonwealth University. Working through photography, video, sculpture, performance and large-scale installations, Simple examines historical and contemporary identity politics within the culture of (neo)colonial North America. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, a Master of Liberal Art from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. Jay lives and works in Farmville, VA, USA.


MA, Rhode Island School of Design, 2016-2018

BA, Columbia College Chicago, 2005-2009


2019, Photographs In Conversation Exhibition, Lenscratch

2018, Artist In Residence: Be Skeptical, Farmville

2017, Resurfacing The Legacy of Slavery, RISD News

2017, At Drive-By Projects: Artists Look At Identity, Boston Globe

2017, Who Am I? In Trumps America, Big Red And Shiny

2017, Thoughts on Democracy, Imagining America


2019, Exodus Home, Hampden Sydney College, Virginia, USA (Solo)
2019, Whites Only!, Longwood University, Virginia, USA (Solo)
2019, Present Continuous, LCVA, Virginia, USA (Group)
2018, Betwixt and Between: Photography, Time and Place,
Jamestown Arts Center, Rhode Island, USA (Group)
2018, Graduate Show, RISD, Clampart, USA (Group)
2017, We Thought of You, Gelman Gallery, Rhode Island, USA (Group)
2017, Monument Lab: Sweet Chariot: The Long Journey To Freedom Through Time, Mural Arts Philadelphia, USA (Group)
2017, Who Am I: The Sequel, Drive-by Projects, Massachusetts, USA (Group)
2017, Dismantled, Sol Koffler Gallery, Rhode Island, USA (Group)
2017, ISMS: Exploring the Intersectionality of Identity, ISB Gallery, Rhode Island, USA (Group)
2016, The Black Artist Gallery, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA (Group)
2014, Screening Scholarship Media Festival, University of Pennsylvania, USA (Group)
2012, Breaking Point, Chicago Art Council, Illinois, USA (Group)
2012, Fear into Fire, Kalamazoo College, Michigan, USA (Group)
2012, Art Hop, Kalamazoo College, Michigan, USA (Group)
2011, South Side Community Arts Center Chicago, Illinois, USA (Solo)
2011, Rose Land, University of Illinois Chicago, USA (Solo)
2011, Degree Show, Columbia College Chicago, Illinois, USA (Group)