Painter and printmaker Norm Paris grew up in Cleveland, OH, a city whose industrial and civic history has profoundly influenced the way he thinks about space. He is interested in over-built structures, struggling icons and failed reenactments of old myths. Paris earned his BFA from RISD and his MFA from the Yale School of Art. He has lectured at Yale, Arcadia University, the Ohio State University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Tyler School of Art and has been teaching drawing at RISD since 2008. He was a Pew Fellowship finalist in 2005 and won the Ralph Mayer Prize for excellence in methods and materials at Yale in 2002. His work is part of the permanent collections at the Jewish Museum in New York, among other noted collections, and was recently on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, Samson Projects in Boston and the Proposition in New York City.