Dr. Matthew Jarvis is the art historian in the Department of Art at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Before coming to NWU, Dr. Jarvis held faculty positions at Georgia College, The University of Florida, and Jacksonville State University. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego under the supervision of Dr. Norman Bryson and Dr. Lesley Stern where his dissertation examined representations of race in art. He is the recipient of a Russell Research Award, the Whitaker Speaker at the University of Maryville, keynote speaker at the Alabama Film Symposium, and an inductee into the Bouchet Society for his work in university diversity issues. Past curatorial efforts include: Andy Warhol: Collected Photographs and Prints; California Acts Up: Student Protests of the 1960s; Forgotten Heroes (an examination of transgender Civil War soldiers featured in The Advocate); Physiques of Arte del Fascismo Italiano; Warhol Re-visited; and American Dreams: 1950s Edition. Currently, he is the curator of Posters that Go Bump in the Night, which is a collaboration with Mad Duck Posters and can be viewed at Elder Gallery. Dr. Jarvis has written several catalogue essays and is a frequent invited speaker on a wide range of aesthetic and filmic topics. His present work is examining horror films in two books: Millennial Monstrosities: The Horrors of a 90s Kid and a monograph on Ti West's The House of the Devil. He is the host of Spooky Evenings.
Juan José Castaño-Márquez is a Colombian-born queer artist, photographer, educator, and storyteller currently living in occupied Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Pâri [Pawnee], and Jiwere lands, now also called Lincoln, Nebraska. Juan's work explores contemporary issues and personal identity through historiography and archivization. Some of his projects directly engage with ideas of representation of "the other"–this other: being both brown and queer; historical erasure; and situations of victimization in his country of birth.
Castaño-Márquez is Assistant Professor of Digital Media in the Art Department at Nebraska Wesleyan University, where he has taught since 2019. He teaches digital media, photography, video art, and interdisciplinary practices. He has balanced his studio practice along with working as the producer of Spooky Evenings, a digital humanities e-conference addressing the field of horror through diverse scholarly approaches.
Juan has exhibited internationally and has shown work at SoHo House in London [UK], the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS, the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, NE, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, and the Medellín Chamber of Commerce, Medellín [COL]. His latest solo show ‘la mano izquierda: exordium' was exhibited at Petshop Gallery in Omaha, Nebraska. He has been awarded several grants for research, media production, and to travel to his hometown of Medellín [COL] for the Intensive Workshop in Analog Photography [B&W and Color], at Cafera 13–Atelier Fotográfico. In the summer of 2019, he was a resident at Signal Culture, where he explored the implications of mediation in historical representations of ‘the other’.
Castaño-Márquez earned his MFA in Studio Art [Expanded Media] from the University of Kansas in 2018 and an AA of Photography from Academia Yurupary in 2015. He also graduated from Universidad Católica de Oriente with a BA in International Commerce in 2011.