Chad States makes work that romanticizes ideas of queerness while creating a mythos around the marginalized spaces they inhabit. By inserting queer issues and aesthetics into a contemporary art context States creates dialogs between cultures and challenge the notions of belonging, representation, narrative, personal and public, gay and beyond. States holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art and a BA from Evergreen State College.His work has been exhibited at venues including ClampArt, New York NY; Blue Sky Gallery, Portland OR; Randall Scott Gallery, Brooklyn NY; Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA; FLUXSPACE, Philadelphia, PA; and Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE. His book Cruising was published in the fall of 2011 by Powerhouse Books which short listed as one of the best new photobooks in 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo. He was an Artist in Residence at the Philadelphia Photographic Arts Center in 2013 as well as with Light Work in 2009.