Jarod Lew (b.1987) is an Asian American artist/documentary photographer based in Oak Park, Michigan. Lew received his BFA at Michigan State University in 2009 and is currently focusing on the complexities between human identity and the environment that surrounds it.  Currently he is working on completing the work that documents the current changes within the city of Detroit. His work has been featured on BuzzFeed, Financial Times Weekend, and Lens Culture. 

In 2015, his portrait “Audrey 2014” was placed in a group exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum’s National Portrait Gallery, which will continue to travel to several U.S. museums until 2018. In 2016, he was awarded the PDN Exposure Award and was spotlighted at Photoville 2016 in Brooklyn, New York.

Selected Group Exhibition

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri (October 6th 2017- January 7 2018)

Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas (June 8- September 10, 2017)

Tacoma Art Museum, Washington (February 4- May 14 2017)

Photoville 2016 PDN Container (Brooklyn, New York) 2016

Facing Change: Documenting Detroit at the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan) 2016 

Outwin Boochever Portrait Show 2016 ( Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.) 2016

FotoFilmic 14 Shortlist #1 (Vancouver, CA) 2014

Portraits 2014 with guest curator Amy Arbus (Fort Collins, CO) 2014

SEE ME Creatives on the Rise (New York, NY) 2013

Awards

PDN Exposure Award 2016

Rangefinder Storytellers Award 2015

Clients

Financial Times Weekend

CNN

Resident Advisor

Education

Michigan State University BFA Studio Art w/concentration in graphic design 2009