Jeremiah Ariaz was born and raised in rural Kansas. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Ariaz’s photographs explore the West as both geography and ideology. Notions of place and history, the relationship of idealized landscapes to the lived environments, and romantic myths of the West inform his work.
Recent projects include Fact and Fiction: Imaging the West, Tucumcari, Shadow Root: Retracing the Santa Fe Trail, Staging the West, and Louisiana Trail Riders. Works have been exhibiting in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, FL, Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX, Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, LA, Multi-Media Art Museum, Moscow House of Photography in Moscow Russia, among others with selected solo exhibitions at Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, TN, Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, LA, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, Belhaven University in Jackson, MS, Columbus State University in Columbus, GA, Sewanee, The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, la Esquina in Kansas City, MO, B Gallery in Rome, Italy, and Cambridge Galleries in Cambridge Ontario, Canada.
Ariaz is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Louisiana State University.