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Ace Lehner

Ph.D. Student, History of Art and Visual Culture
MFA, Fine Art
Contemporary Art and Visual Culture, Contemporary Photography, Queer and Trans Theory, Gender Theory, Video and Performance, collaborative practices, Critical Issues in Art Practice, Identity and Representation, Critical Race Studies..
Research Interests: 

Ace Lehner is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist specializing in critical engagement with identity and representation; history, theory, and criticism of contemporary art; visual studies; photography theory and queer and trans theory. Lehner’s artistic practice often embraces collaboration and primarily utilizes photography and video to mine the complex relation between representations and the constitution of identities. Lehner has lectured and exhibited throughout North America, and has work held in several private collections. Lehner was a recipient of the Murphy and Cadogen Fellowship in the Fine Arts and the Sheffield Art League Scholarship. Lehner has taught and given lectures at various institutions including California College of the Arts, Oakland; Southern Exposure, San Francisco; University of California, Santa Cruz; Rochester Institute of Technology; Stony Brook Manhattan, The Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY, and Dia:Beacon. Lehner is a member of the artist collaborative project ERNEST and is a gallery guide with the Dia Foundation in NY.

Lehner has also worked as a commercial photographer for over a decade. 

Lehner is currently a PhD candidate in visual studies in the history of art and visual culture department at University of California, Santa Cruz, and is based in the Hudson Valley area of New York doing research for their dissertation on trans and non-binary photographic self-represnetations in contemporray art. Lehner holds an MA/MFA in visual and critical studies/fine art from California College of the Arts and a BFA in studio art with a minor in social anthropology with distinction from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Lehner also studied fine art and art history at Middlesex University in London, UK.

Selected Publications: 

“Freedom ’17,” OUT/LOOK: and The Birth of the Queer,  Issue 18, Fall 2017, San Francisco, CA, 2017   

“Gender is a Drag,” TAKEOVER, curated by Serena Cole, Oakland, CA, 2017   

“Trans Visual Culture Reading List,” Bookshelf, Art Journal Open, College Art Association, 2017            

"Surveilling Emptiness At Wapato Jail," in Demos, 2016 

“From Rayon to Original Plumbing: A brief reflection on representations of trans* people in U.S.  

VASA Journal of Images and Culture, Identity Politics Issue, 2015

"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn continues to make waves," The Bay Citizen, San Francisco, CA, 2010              

"Unfixing the Photograph: Rethinking the Way We Look At Portrait Photography," Sightlines, 2010

"Abraham Cruzvillegas' not so solo, solo show: Dismantling the Art World Star System and Rebuilding Relationships," Wattis Blog, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, 2009

"Genderqueer," published in Genderqueer exhibition catalogue, Oakland, CA, 2008     

Selected Presentations: 

“Trans Selfies as Contemporary Art: Representational Politics and the Instagram Feed of Alok Vaid-Menon,” College Art Association, Conference, Los Angeles, CA (forthcoming, 2018)

Trans*Selfies: Self-Portraiture in the Age of Non-Binary Gender and Social Media - 7th Annual Kern Conference On Visual Communication – Selfies, Self-Portraits and Social Media, RIT, Rochester, NY, 2016

Transmale Selfies and The Politics of Picturing, Immunity/Community Conference, Stony Brook University, Manhattan, NY, 2015           

Guest Lecture on Trans* representation, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 2015

"From Rayon to Original Plumbing: Looking at and thinking through trans* embodiment in Contemporary U.S. Visual Culture," Gender Beyond Boundaries, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA, 2014

Sochi Reel-Time, ERNEST discussion of 2014 Sochi Olympics, c3: initiative, Portland OR/Oakland, CA, 2014

"From Award Winning Stereotype to Everyday Hero: Contemporary Representations of Trans* people in Contemporary Visual Culture," University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, 2014

Artist Lecture, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, 2014

Artist Lecture, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA, 2013

Artist Lecture, Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, San Francisco, CA, 2012

Artist Lecture, The Harker School, San Jose, CA 2012

"125 Years Later: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn continue to make waves," Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2011   

Making and Writing; Sustaining a Successful Dual Practice, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2011

Unfixing the Photograph, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, 2011

"Unfixing the Photograph," Visual + Critical Studies Symposium, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2010

Private Parts: The Art of Sensuality and Sexuality, Artist Talk, Solano Community College, Fairfield, CA, 2009

"Picturing Resistance: The Problem of Vision, Photography’s Disidentification with Visibility," Queer Art Symposium, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2009                        

Artist Lecture, San Francisco, Waldorf High School San Francisco, CA                                                                              

Love Ethic and Unfixing the Photograph, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 2009                                             

"Love Ethic," Making Contemporary Queer Histories, Panelist, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2009   

Love Ethic, The Urban School, San Francisco, CA, 2009

The Queer Gaze and illegibility, Mills College, Oakland, CA, 2008

Teaching Interests: 

Contemporary Photography theory, Contemporray and Modern Art, Queer and Trans* Theory, Politics of Representation, Cultural Studies, Photography practice including film and digital, Contemporary Art, Queer Art History and Visual Culture.

Honors and Awards: 

Digital Arts and New Media Excellence Scholarship, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, 2016

Arts Deans Fund for Excellence Grant, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, 2016

Porter College Research and Travel Grant, UCSC, 2014-2015

Graduate Merit Scholarship, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2007-2010

CCA Scholarship, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2007-2010

Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts, San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco, CA, 2009 

Research and Travel Grant, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2009

Community Teaching Fellowship, The Center for Art and Public Life, Oakland, CA, 2007

Education and Training: 
M.F.A. Fine Arts, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
M.A. Visual and Critial Studies, California College of the Art, San Francisco, CA
International Artist Exchange, Middlesex Univeristy, London, U.K.
B.F.A. Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (With Distinction)
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