R. J. Kern (b. 1978) is a photographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

EDUCATION

2005    MA, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

2000    BA, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017   The Unchosen Ones... Out To Pasture, Gallery 360, Minneapolis, MN (April 15 - May 30)

The Unchosen Ones, Central Lakes College, Brainerd, MN (Jan 23 - Feb 17)

The Unchosen Ones, The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson Hospital & Clinic Healing Arts, Hudson, WI (Oct 4 - Jan 7, 2018)

2015    The Year of the Yang, Ecce Gallery, Fargo, ND

2015    Divine Animals: The Bovidae, Kaddatz Gallery, Fergus Falls, MN

2014    Divine Animals: The Bovidae, Sanford Health Roger Maris Cancer Center, Fargo, ND

2000    Anthro-Terra-Graphica, Mapping the Interior, Colgate University Department of Art & Art History, Hamilton, NY

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017  

Fauna, juried by Tina Schelhorn, Museum of Modern Art, Tbilisi, Georgia, May 2017

Revolution, The 58th Midwestern Invitational Exhibition, The Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN (June 18 - Sept 3)

The Art of Giving, juried by Jason Restamayer, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND, May 2017

Mind’s Eye, Daylighted digital exhibition as part of All About Photo Awards 2017, juried by Beatrice Chassepot, Julien Chatelin, James Dooley, Susan Dooley, Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, Ann Jastrab, Aline Smithson, Judy Walgren, and Sabine Weiss. Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco, CA, May 2017

Arts North, juried by Curt Pederson, The American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN

Arts in Harmony International Juried Art Show, juried by Curt Pederson, Elk River Area Arts Alliance, Blaine, MN. First Place Photography.

Newvember, Ecce Gallery, Fargo, ND 

2016  

The FENCE: A Public Photography Exhibition Series juried by panel of 44, United Photo Industries in Boston, MA; Brooklyn, NY;  Atlanta, GA; Houston, TX; Santa Fe, NM

Open Door Twelve, juried by Andrea Carlson, Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2016 International Juried Exhibition, juried by Linde B. Lehtinen, PhD, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA.

PhotoMidwest 2016 Juried Exhibition, juried by Larry Fink, The Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI

National Juried Photography Competition and Exhibition, juried by Susie Morrill, David Turner, and Ron Jude, Emerald Art Center, Springfield, OR

Spirit: Made Here, juried by 22 artists and arts professionals, Hennepin Theater Trust, Minneapolis, MN, opens Dec 8, 2016

A Point of View: Contemporary Photography, juried by Mitra Abbaspour, Site: Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Paramount Juried Statewide Art Exhibition, juried by Rachel Daly, Paramount Center for the Arts, St. Cloud, MN.

Apertures, juried by Amy Neill, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth, MA. Second Place

Fun House: Art of the Surreal, Fantastic and Bizarre, juried by Eve Biddle, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

Tripping the Light Fantastic: Excellence in Photography, juried by Rowland Scherman, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, MA

22nd Juried Show via Instagram juried by Paula Tognarelli and Iaritza Menjivar, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

ONWARD Compé '16, juried by Richard Renaldi, Project Basho Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Smörgåsbord, The New Bohemian Gallery at the Franklin Arts Center, Brainerd, MN

Menagerie: Animals in Art, juried by Robert Bowman, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN

Gallery 360, selected works, Minneapolis, MN

Savage Arts Council 10th Annual Juried Art Competition & Show, juried by Cynthia Kath, Karen Gustafson, and Dan Noyes, Savage, MN

2015    

Gallery 360, selected works, Minneapolis, MN

Newvember, Ecce Gallery, Fargo, ND

Photo Op, juried by Robert Bowman, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN

The Art of Giving Group Show, Altru Medical Center, Grand Forks, ND

Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition juried by Steve Ozone, St Paul, MN

2014

Newvember, Ecce Gallery in Fargo, ND

 

AWARDS, GRANTS, and RESIDENCES

2017

CENTER Choice Award Winner, Curator’s Choice, First Place,  Juror Corey Keller

Review Santa Fe 100, CENTER, Santa Fe, NM

All About Photo Awards 2017: Mind’s Eye, juried by Beatrice Chassepot, Julien Chatelin, James Dooley, Susan Dooley, Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, Ann Jastrab, Aline Smithson, Judy Walgren, and Sabine Weiss. Winner and participant in Juror’s Merit Gallery

Arts in Harmony International Juried Art Show, Blaine, MN, received First Place Photography

2016

Minnesota State Arts Board, Artist Initiative Grant, St. Paul, MN

Critical Mass Finalist "Top 200", Photolucida, Portland, OR

ONWARD Compé '16, Finalist, juried by Richard Renaldi, Project Basho Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Emerald Art Center, Springfield, OR, received Best in Show Award

Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, MA, received Juror Award

Cultural Center of Cape Cod, MA, received Second Place, Overall

Savage Arts Council 10th Annual Juried Art Competition & Show, Honorable Mention

2015

Review Santa Fe 100, CENTER, Santa Fe, NM

Flash Powder Retreat invited by Jennifer Schwartz and David Bram. Highlands, NC

2000    

National Geographic Society, Geography Student Intern, Washington, DC

Peter J. Gould Prize in Geography, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Class of 1997 Award, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Award for Excellence in Environmental Studies, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

 

COLLECTIONS

Central Lakes College, Brainerd, MN

 

VOLUNTEER AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

2017

Substitute Art Teacher, Breck School, Golden Valley, MN

2016

Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, Panelist

Guest Lecturer, Valor High School, Littleton, CO

Portfolio Reviewer, Art Institutes International MN, Minneapolis, MN