ARTIST RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JULY 01, 5-7PM
ARTIST TALK: THURSDAY, JULY 06, 4PM
Jon Verney is an emerging artist who works in painting, photography, and video to describe notions of transformation and transcendence through landscape and materiality. Raised in a rural community in Western Massachusetts, Verney later moved to Boston to attend Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Shortly after earning his BFA in Painting, he emigrated to Florence, Italy, where he worked for three years as a darkroom technician and teaching assistant at Studio Art Center International.
Returning to the United States in 2014, Verney moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to pursue his MFA from the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. There, he received numerous grants from the University to fund his creative research into his thesis, Thermophile, including a Smucker-Wagstaff Scholarship and an International Project Grant to conduct fieldwork in the Yellowstone Caldera, Iceland, and the Salton Sea in California. Upon earning his MFA in 2016, Verney has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and worked at UMMA, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, as a researcher with the museum’s extensive photography collection.