“Being and There” Photo Exhibition at the Kerney Gallery


“BEING AND THERE”: An exhibition featuring the work of New York photographer Joseph Lawton is on view at the James Kerney Campus Gallery at Mercer County Community College in Trenton through May 13. A reception and artist talk will be held in person and via Zoom on Saturday, April 23 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The James Kerney Campus Gallery (JKCG) at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) presents its latest photography exhibition, “Being and There,” through May 13. The traveling exhibition features the work of New York photographer Joseph Lawton.

A reception and artist talk will be held on Saturday, April 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. The public is invited in person or by appointment via Zoom. One must reserve.

“Being and There” features the first black and white photographs of Lawton’s many travels between 1983 and 1994. Michael Chovan-Dalton, director of the JKC Gallery, describes Lawton as a wanderer of the modern age.

“Joe hitchhiked from New York to Colorado to attend college, and soon after was hitchhiking through Central America after discovering photography,” said Chovan-Dalton. “The work in this show is an expression of someone who wants to be part of the greater community, someone who is always on the move so they can stop and be there.”

Lawton is a recipient of Light Works and Southeast Center for Photography grants. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, Life magazine and Time magazine, and his works are part of public and private collections of the National Library of France, France and the Institute of Art and Design of Saint -Petersburg, Russia. Past exhibitions include PS 1, Canton Museum and OK Harris Gallery.

Lawton has taught photography at Hunter College, the Pratt Institute, the School of Visual Arts and Fordham University, where he has served as Head of the Visual Arts Department at Fordham for the past six years. To learn more about Joseph Lawton, visit josephlawton.com.

Located at 137 North Broad Street in Trenton, the JKC Gallery at Mercer County Community College is a gallery of photographs and works by internationally and regionally renowned artists. For more information on gallery hours, exhibitions and entry requirements, including Zoom links, visit JKCGallery.online.

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