Anthony Luensman was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1966. He received a bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio (1988) and pursued a master’s in English at Xavier University in Cincinnati (1995-97). His early work in the visual arts included performance, theater, sound design, and electronics. National and international residencies, along with exhibition opportunities from Detroit to Taipei, have broadened his thematic scope and refined his visual and aural vocabularies. His wide-ranging interests and multimedia capabilities have led to successful collaborations in music, dance, and installation. In 2004, he was selected by the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei for a solo show entitled Ersilia. In 2007, he was invited by the Cincinnati Art Museum to create Arenas, an ambitious series of sculpture and installations presented in the special exhibition gallery, on the museum entrance façade, and integrated throughout the permanent collection. 2012 marked his return to the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts for a solo show, TAINT, which incorporated an ever-increasing influence of photography and moving images. It featured a series of animated portraits as video projections upon the gallery’s street-level windows, architecturally situated installations, and photo “portraits” from his ongoing studio series that forefront the body as both landscape and intersection of human politics. TAINT was funded by a 2012 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to exhibition sponsorships by the NEA, he is a recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Artist’s Fellowships (2000, 2004) and three City of Cincinnati Individual Artist’s Grants (1995, 1998, and 2003). In 2008, he won the prestigious Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship. Prints, photographs, and a three-part video sculpture by Luensman are in the permanent collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum. His work is also in the collection of the International Contemporary Art Foundation/21c Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, and, in 2008, he was commissioned by 21c to create an interactive lobby installation.