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riel Sturchio is a multimedia artist who was born in Portland, Maine and currently resides in Austin, TX. riel received an MFA from the University of Austin, Texas (2018), and a BFA in Photography from the Maine College of Art  (2012). riel’s practice extends through poetry, photography, design, sound, videography, and book-making. riel’s work revolves around the body, queer identity, language, and vulnerability. riel currently teaches photography in the Photography + Extended Media department at the University of Texas in Austin.