About

Chris Semtner is an internationally exhibited artist, author, and curator living in Virginia. In recent years he has exhibited his paintings at the Science Museum of Virginia, Viktor Wynn Fine Art (London), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia), and the World Horror Convention (Atlanta). His works have entered numerous private and public collections including the Virginia Historical Society, the City of Baltimore, and the University of Maryland. His art and photography have been published in Cat Fancy, USA Today, Washington Post, and the London Daily Telegraph. He has been a guest critic for art classes at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University and teaches a weekly class at the Lifelong Learning Institute. Semtner lectures about art and literature to schools, universities, libraries, conventions, and art groups throughout the United States. He has appeared in documentaries for BBC 4, Ireland’s Dearg Films, Lionheart Films, the Discovery Channel, and BBC Persia. An interview with Semtner is included as a special feature on Blu-Ray edition of The Raven starring John Cusack.

            In addition to his visual art, Semtner has written, co-written, or edited ten books on Edgar Allan Poe, art, popular culture, and history. His book Edgar Allan Poe’s Richmond (History Press, 2012) was nominated for a Virginia Literary Award. He has written articles for Biography.com, Crime Writers’ Chronicles, the Edgar Allan Poe Review, and Resources for American Literary Studies. His short stories has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. He has curated several exhibits on subjects ranging from comic books to horror films, and the New York Times called the exhibit he curated for the Library of Virginia, Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster, “provocative” and “a playful, robust exhibit.”

            A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Semtner is a member of Virginia Chapter of the Horror Writers’ Association, the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Poe Studies Association. He has served on the boards of Artspace Gallery, Curated Culture, and the Greater Richmond Tourism Association. Five rescue cats allow him and his wife to live with them.