JKC Gallery “Third Thursdays” Monthly Photography Artist Talk Set for May 19, 2022 from 6:30-7:30 pm

Trenton, NJ – “Third Thursdays”, the popular monthly series of photographic presentations and artist talks at the James Kerney Campus Gallery (JKCG) of Mercer County Community College (MCCC) at 137 North Broad Street in Trenton, will take place May 19 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The event, hosted by Heather Palecek and Habiyb Shu’Aib, will feature works by Aaron Turner and Wendel White. Moderated by the director of the JKC Gallery, Michael Chovan-Dalton, the conference will take place live and on the Zoom conference platform. All are invited to register on jkcgallery.online.

Professor Chovan-Dalton said: “It will be the last third Thursdays of this semester at the JKC Gallery and I am pleased to present two artists who have shared their work with us in a solo exhibition. We look forward to welcoming Wendel White and Aaron Turner on May 19. »

About the artists

Aaron Turner is a photographer and educator currently based in Arkansas. Turner focuses on photography as a transformative process to understand ideas of home and resilience in the Arkansas and Mississippi deltas. He also creates studio still life photographs on the themes of identity, history, darkness as matter and abstraction.

Turner initially pursued a career as a photojournalist working for newspapers, but was eventually drawn to photography as an art form.

“I immersed myself in this field due to my high level of curiosity and the desire to look at the world and environments around me differently,” Turner said. “I started to study art as my desire to use the camera grew wider and wider, and my interest became more of a conceptual approach.”

On May 19, Turner will talk about a series of photographs that reflect the process of transforming resilience and understanding of home with his “Black Alchemy” project which is Turner’s lens through which he “filters the world “.

He said, “It’s about the role of the black artist in the studio environment, the history and formalities of abstraction and the complexities of identity.”

Turner earned his MA from Ohio University and an MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He was 2018 Light Work Artists-in-Residence at Syracuse University, 2019 EnFoco Photography Fellow, 2020 Visual Studies Workshop Project Space Artists-in-Residence, 2020 Artist 360 Mid-America Arts alliance Grant Recipient, the 2021 Houston Center for Recipient of a photography grant, recipient of the 2021 Creators Lab Photo Fund from Google Creator Labs and the Aperture Foundation, and 2022 Darryl Chappell Foundation Photographer in Residence at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

To learn more about Aaron Turner, go to https://www.aaronturner.studio.

Wendel White was born in Newark and raised in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. His most recent projects include red summer; Manifest; Schools for Blacks; Peace Village: An African-American Community in Israel; and Small towns, black lives among others. The recent Schools for colored people The exhibition at the JKC Gallery integrated black and white images with digital media to depict the racially segregated school buildings and landscapes that existed in the northern states.

White has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a 2021 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography, Peabody Museum of Archeology & Ethnography, Harvard University; and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Photography. His work is represented in museum and corporate collections across the country, including the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas; the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Illinois and the Archive of Documentary Arts, Rubenstein Library at Duke University, North Carolina.

More information about Wendel White can be found at https://wendelwhite.com

For more information on registering and participating in person or online, please visit JKCGallery.online.

About “Third Thursdays” at JKC Gallery

Heather Palacek and Habiyb Shu’Aib launched the “Third Thursdays” Artist Talks as a platform for artists to showcase their work to Trenton and the regional community. The events quickly reached audiences from New York to Philadelphia. With the introduction of virtual and in-person hybrid exhibitions, JKC Gallery now showcases artists from across the United States and beyond with a global audience.


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Located at 137 North Broad Street, Trenton, New Jersey, the JKC Gallery at Mercer County Community College is a gallery of photography and lens-based works by international and regional artists. To learn more about shows and entry requirements, including Zoom links, please visit JKCGallery.online. Please call or email jkcgallery@mccc.edu for gallery hours and in-person viewing. JKC Gallery will hold virtual exhibitions through social media accounts and its community gallery site.

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“Third Thursdays,” the popular monthly series of photographic presentations and artist talks at the James Kerney Campus Gallery (JKCG) at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) at 137 North Broad Street in Trenton, will take place May 19, 2022 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. This month will feature the works of Aaron Turner and Wendel White. The public is invited in person or via the Zoom conference platform. One must reserve. To register, go to JKCGallery.online or email JKCGallery@mccc.edu. (Poster credit: JKC Gallery, Wendel White and Aaron Turner.)

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Aaron Turner will be one of the featured artists at this month’s ‘Third Thursdays’ at the James Kerney Campus Gallery in Trenton, 137 North Broad Street in Trenton. (Photo credit: Aaron Turner)

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Aaron Turner will exhibit his photographs and answer questions at JKC Gallery “Third Thursdays”, May 19. (Above: “Black Alchemy” by Aaron Turner)

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Wendel White will return May 19 to discuss his works during upcoming “Third Thursdays” at Mercer County Community College. JKC Gallery (Photo credit: Wendel White)

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