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Luis Silva Associate Professor Department of Art

MFA, Columbia University
BA, Government, Harvard University

Languages Spoken
Exhibitions include Museum of Modern Art/Gramercy Theater, NY; Corcoran Museum of Art, DC; G Fine Art, DC; Bernard Toale Gallery, MA; Artpoint, Art Miami Basel; Fusebox Gallery, DC; DC Arts Center; Neiman Center for Print Studies, NY; Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design; Schwarzenberg’shcen Meierie, Austria; PS122, NY. Publications include Art in America, Washington Post.
See Also
Department of Art
G Fine Art Gallery
For the Media
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Spring 2020

  • ARTS-100 Art: Studio Experience

  • ARTS-660 Research Practicum

Summer 2020

  • ARTS-100 Art: Studio Experience

Fall 2020

  • ARTS-100 Art: Studio Experience

  • ARTS-600 20th Century Art Theory

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

See CV for full list.

Selected Publications

  • “the Surreal Life,” Washington Post/ Express, January 6, 2006
  • Glenn Dixon, “G’s Puff’n’Stuff,” Washington Post/ Express, January 5, 2006
  • Michael O’Sullivan, “The Seen, Art and Museum Events,” Washington Post, December 16, 2005
  • DC Style Magazine, December 2005
  • Art in America; 2004, 2005
  • Sarah Godfrey, “Artifacts: Groovy Ghoulies,” The Washington City Paper; June 11, 2004
  • Jessica Dawson, “Guise and Dolls,” Washington Post (April 10, 2003), p. C5
  • “Art Wrap,” The Georgetowner (April 18, 2003)
  • Bret McCabe, “Three Way: Gallery Four’s Trio of Fresh Artistic Visions,” City Paper (Baltimore, Vol. 26, No. 26, June 26-July 3, 2002), pp. 41-42
  • Michael O’Sullivan, “A Pop (Culture) Quiz,” Washington Post (June 28, 2002), Weekend Section, p. 48

Professional Presentations

  • Lecturer, Library of Congress/Southern Graphics Council
  • Visiting Artist, Brandeis University
  • Technical Assistant and Video Consultant, Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University
  • Visiting Artist, George Mason University
  • Visiting Artist, Massachusetts College of Art
  • Visiting Artist, Chautauqua Institution

Research Interests

Luis Silva explores issues entailing identity and identity formation. His work particularly addresses the cultural outsider utilizing aspects of fable construction, façade and myth. His media is project dependent and recently includes video, installation, painting, drawing, digital imaging and textile.

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Maryland Arts and Humanities Council, Creative Project Grant


  • G Fine Art, Washington, DC
  • Washington Project for the Arts, Curator, Washington, DC
  • Fusebox Gallery, Washington, DC
  • Artpoint, Art Basel Miami, Miami, FL
  • Museum of Modern Art, Gramercy Theater, New York, NY
  • Corcoran Museum/Washington Project for the Arts(WPA/C)
  • Schwarzenberg’shcen Meierie, Schrattenberg, Austria
  • PS-122, New York, NY
  • Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DC