Louis Chavez (b. 1985) is an artist, curator, and educator based in Rochester, New York. Their creative and research interests include queer activism and art practices, conceptual modes in photography, experimental cinema, and artist’s books. In 2020, Chavez guest curated Media Underground: Naked Eye Cinema at Visual Studies Workshop, which focused on the experimental filmmaking and public-access television programming coming from the New York downtown venue, ABC No Rio, throughout the 1980s.

Chavez was a selected participant in the 2024 Impromptu Photobook Workshop, hosted by the independent photography publisher Void, and was a 2023 Project Space artist-in-residence at Visual Studies Workshop. Their photographic work has been included in exhibitions at Light Work (Syracuse), Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (China), PeepSpace (Tarrytown), Le Petit Versailles (New York), Culture Lab LIC (New York), the Hartnett Gallery at the University of Rochester, and the Torpedo Factory Arts Center (Alexandria).

Chavez is currently a Curatorial Assistant in Photography at the George Eastman Museum. Prior to joining the Eastman Museum, they were a Studio Assistant for artists Jack Waters and Peter Cramer and photographer Joshua Rashaad McFadden. Chavez holds an M.F.A. in Photography and Related Media from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a B.S. from SUNY Brockport.


Current & recent

Light Work: According to the Laws of Chance
The Real Photo Show with Michael-Chovan Dalton
Void: Impromptu Photobook Workshop



Louis Chavez

New Intimacies