Paul Shortt received his MFA in New Media Art from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. His videos have been shown at the Museum of the Moving Image, The Phillips Collection and Whitespace Gallery. He has been in numerous group shows in DC, Chicago, Baltimore, and New York City. He has participated in residencies at The Luminary, in St. Louis, MO and at Montgomery College in Silver Springs, MD.
Shortt has spoken about his work at the Ullens Center For Contemporary Art In Beijing, China and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. He has been written about in Hyperallergic, The Washington Post, Bmore Art and Review Magazine. Shortt works as the New Media Curator for Arlington Cultural Affairs in Arlington County, VA and teaches at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Shortt is currently based in Washington, DC.
His works usually engage the public in physical interactions and conversation that examine everyday experiences and cultural norms often in humorous ways through video, books, performance and socially engaged art. He has participated in the Printed Matter Art Book Fair’s in New York City and Los Angeles in addition to art book fairs in Detroit, Kansas City and Baltimore.