Luan Joy Sherman (b. 1993, Portland, ME), is a Chicago-based trans masc artist pursuing his MFA in Sculpture at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Sherman is a multimedia artist currently focused on athletics, trans identity, and movement as a pathway to gaining full access to our bodies. His research practice lies at the intersection of wrestling, intimacy, and masculinity.
With his movement work, he has been exploring a wide range of athletic practices and training in Greco-Roman Wrestling, bouldering, and gymnastics in order to develop and reclaim his body. He plans to compete as a wrestler in the Gay Games in 2022. For the past year, he has been working in collaboration with sair goetz to create Respite Radio- a sound project that documents trans reality as experienced by Sherman and goetz and provides a platform for other queer/trans creators. Respite Radio aims to amplify marginalized voices while making sound art and oral history more accessible for queer and trans people.
He graduated from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2015 with a BFA in Painting and Art History. He has attended residencies at The Chautauqua School of Art (2014), Black Mountain School (2016), ACRE (2017), and SPACE Gallery (2018). In February 2018, he received a National Endowment for The Arts Grant as the Artist-In-Residence at SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME and has been a faculty member at School of The Alternative in Black Mountain, NC since 2016. In May 2019, he was featured with Alexis Martinez on NPR’s StoryCorps podcast for Stonewall OutLoud. For the month of June in 2019, he and sair goetz were hosted by Comfort Station in Chicago, IL to develop Respite Radio and occupy a collaborative incubator space located at Comfort Station.
He has been studying at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago since Fall 2018.
Sherman lives and works in Chicago, IL.