About the author
As an artist-scholar with more than 15 years of instruction and leadership experience in K-16
education and more than two decades of experience as a visual creative documenting ethnic
groups on six continents, Giraud Polite offers a unique perspective within higher education and
to consumers of his work.
Working in the areas of multimedia arts and digital photography, Giraud's projects explore
themes such as cultural ritual and memory. His research and documentary photography explores
the photograph as a sacred and reproducible object. Re-imagining the conventional photograph
on paper, he uses industrial materials, such as aluminum, wood and Plexiglas to create
permanence within the story of the image. By adding weight and mass to the image with these
materials, Giraud affirms the existence of the photograph as a sculptural object, relic or artifact.
Much of his work has contextual roots in the African diaspora, taking him from his hometown of
St. Martinville, Louisiana to the Caribbean and Senegal.
Giraud's most well-known collection, The Crawfish Circuit: Exploring Southwest Louisiana's
Soundscape, highlights the tension of knowing and exploring held by Giraud as a native son of
the region. The collection examines the relationship between music and social welfare against
the backdrop of southwest Louisiana's vibrant and complex culture, while exploring the
intersections of photographic image, sound and memory.
As an artist whose lived experience centers on Louisiana and Texas, Giraud has exhibited works
extending from digital photography to multimedia arts in a variety of museums, cultural centers
and educational institutions. His work has been displayed at the African American Museum,
South Dallas Cultural Center, University of Texas at Dallas, Irving Arts Center, Opelousas
Museum of Retrospective Center, The Creole and Cajun Museum, the Evangeline Outdoor
Museum and a host of other galleries and venues throughout the region.
Giraud holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas in humanities with a focus on
aesthetic studies as well as an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix, Dallas and a B.A in
Broadcast Management from the University of Texas at Arlington.