Gallery 102 | Wes Holloway DESIDERIUM

By Editorial Team on February 28, 2022

Thu, 03 March 2022 - Fri, 18 March 2022

Desiderium by Wes Holloway.
Artist Talk: Saturday, March 5 at 2pm

Gallery 102 presents DESIDERIUM, an MFA Thesis exhibition from Social Practice artist Wes Holloway. Through interdisciplinary processes, Holloway investigates “belonging” as intangible moments just out of grasp.

As a queer/crip man, Holloway lives on the outskirts of the traditional world we are conditioned to strive for. Moreover, being disabled has kept him from an entirely immersive gay space and vice versa. Each of these identities has often placed him on the borderlands of these groups, with a feeling of never being totally whole in either.

An exile, looking for home.

Holloway uses materials as tools to glimpse into, or pry open, the potential access points into communities he longs to be accepted in. To deconstruct, and re-present notions of perfection and the ideal. He hopes to form connections between people by reflecting on our unchangeable pasts while building a new unknown reality in what could be.


Wes Holloway (b. 1984; Katy, Texas) has had a dedication and enthusiasm for the arts extending as far back as he can recall. In 2003, after one year of undergraduate work at The University of Texas-Austin, he broke his C5-C6 vertebrae in a diving accident, suffered a spinal cord injury, and thus became paralyzed from the chest down. He later returned to complete both his BA and BFA in Studio Art. In 2019, Wes was awarded a Creative Access Fellowship and became an artist in residence at The Santa Fe Art Institute. Currently, he is a candidate in the inaugural cohort of the MFA in Social Practice at The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University. Wes has exhibited across Texas, in Houston, Austin, and Dallas; Gallery 1969 in New York City; Fiendish Plots in Lincoln, Nebraska; The Smithsonian’s Ripley Center in Washington DC; Art Basil in Miami, Florida; and Manchester, United Kingdom.


Please note that Gallery 102 is currently closed to members of the public. Members of the GW/Corcoran community can access the gallery using their GWorld card. Members of the public may view the exhibition through the gallery windows and/or attend the below event.

Participatory Event & Artist Talk

Join Social Practice artist Wes Holloway for a participatory event and artist talk on Saturday March 5, 2022 at 2:00 pm.

Please note that GW’s current Covid-19 policy requires all attendees to show proof of vaccination (CDC card + Government ID). In addition, masks must be worn at all times.

Gallery 102 is located at 801 22nd St NW., Smith Hall of Art.