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About Semaj 

Don't lose yourself
trying to find yourself 


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Semaj is a Brooklyn, NY native. Currently, Semaj works as a full-time art educator and Football defensive coordinator. Semaj received a BS in psychology at Trinity College (CT) and a MFA from Lesley University (MA) in 2022 . Heavily inspired by the works of Gordon Parks, Deanna Lawson, Latoya Ruby Frazier, and Chi Modu, Semaj's photographs seek to provide a voice for everyday people who have been oppressed and ultimately discarded out of society’s forefront. Semaj's work has been featured in various galleries throughout the country. Recently, Semaj has been acknowledged as Top 25 to watch by Lenscratch and was selected as a Juror's Choice recipient by LensCulture.

2023- Photographers on Photographers: Conversation with Jon Henry

2023   -Lens Culture Juror’s Choice recipient 

2022 -The 2022 Lenscratch Student Prize: 25 To Watch

2022 -Lesley University Art and Design Rising Artist Award

2022 -ACP Equity Scholarship Winner

2023  -  “Juror’s Choice”International Juried Photography Competition, Praxis Gallery,    Minneapolis, MI

2023  -  28th National Competition, Soho Photo Gallery, Manhattan, NY

2023  - Context Exhibition, Filter Photo, Chicago, Illinois

2022  - 27th National Competition, Soho Photo Gallery, Manhattan, NY

2022  -  Juried Exhibition, Vermont Center of Photography, Brattleboro,Vermont

2022  -MFA Visual Arts Thesis Exhibition, Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2022 -Annual Center Forward Group Exhibition, Center For Fine Art Photography,     Fort Collins, Colorado

2022 -  Carriage Barn Art Center 42nd Annual Photography Exhibition 

2022  - The Newport Biennial, Newport Art Museum, Newport, Rhode Island


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