Working out in the pasture for the "The Unchosen Ones" series in Minnesota.

Working out in the pasture for the "The Unchosen Ones" series in Minnesota.

R. J. Kern (b. 1978) is an American artist whose work explores ideas of home, ancestry, and the sense of place. He uses the photographic medium in multiple formats, utilizing both natural and artificial light to document the interaction of people, animals, and cultural landscapes.

In May 2017, Corey Keller, Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, selected Kern's project "The Unchosen Ones" as her Curator's Choice Award from CENTER. Later this year a portfolio of his work will be featured in the November 2017 issue of National Geographic.

Kern's work received critical acclaim through the 2017 Review Santa Fe and his work is apart of the public exhibition series, The FENCE, produced by United Photo Industries in both 2016 and 2017.  Kern was the recipient of a 2016 Artist Initiative Grant awarded by the Minnesota State Arts Board. 

He lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Exhibitions, academic degrees, and honors are nothing without the loving support of my wife and family,  the biggest source of my inspiration.

Exhibitions, academic degrees, and honors are nothing without the loving support of my wife and family,  the biggest source of my inspiration.