Jacob Clayton is a self-taught visual artist who uses photography, video, and mixed media as means to communicate his experience living for decades as a closeted transgender man in America.

His work has been exhibited recently in juried shows at Monmouth University Center for the Arts in West Long Branch, NJ, the United Arts Council in Raleigh, NC, and
The Studio Door in San Diego, CA.

Current projects include Deprivation of Self, Portraits, which expands the vocabulary of photo-based art to explore and challenge cultural representations of gender. And Sustained Trauma, a therapeutic journey through dissociation and the road to gather and assemble the reclaimed pieces of a life.

Jacob, who is also a long-time web and graphic designer, as well as a musician, currently makes his home in North Carolina.

Group Exhibitions


  • 6th Annual Group Show, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY | Juried
  • PROUD+, The Studio Door, San Diego, CA | Juried
  • Black and White, Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, Everett, PA | Juried
  • CFCC Art Show, Wilma W. Daniels Gallery, Wilmington, NC | Juried
  • A Photography Collective, Waterline Brewing, Wilmington, NC
  • Access and Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion, Monmouth University Center for the Arts, West Long Branch, NJ | Juried


  • Member Exhibit, The Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
  • Personal Narrative, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT | Juried
  • Depth of Field, United Arts Council, Raleigh, NC | Juried
  • Art of the Image ’19, Art in Bloom Gallery, Wilmington, NC | Juried
  • Member Exhibit, Sweet Nectar Gallery, Leland, NC | Juried
  • CFCC Art Show, Wilma W. Daniels Gallery, Wilmington, NC | Juried


  • “Cybele at the Rodin Garden, NC Museum of Art”, Our State magazine, April 2021
  • “In My Skin”, Portals magazine, Spring 2020