Photography Exhibition now open in Valade Gallery, Reception Tonight!

Jon Verney: Solfatara, Photography Exhibition Opens at Adrian College

Valade Gallery at Adrian College announces the opening of Solfatara, a solo exhibition of new work by Jon Verney. 

The show is on display and open to the public through October 25th, with an opening reception on Tuesday, September 26th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Jon Verney will deliver an artist talk at 6 pm.

Solfatara explores notions of flux, transformation, and transcendence through an engagement with landscape and materiality. The core of Verney’s current work is Thermophile, an ongoing project that explores the possibilities of chemically-altering gelatin silver prints in geothermal springs around the world. In a parallel studio process, Verney immerses found polaroids into hot water, causing their aged emulsions to steadily unfurl from their acetate bases. Some traces of the original imagery remain, connoting an entropic sense of loss and erosion, offering a quiet meditation on the titanic natural forces that shape our world.

Jon Verney is a visual artist working in painting, photography, and video. After earning his BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010, he traveled to Florence, Italy, where he worked for three years at Studio Art Center International.  Upon returning to the United States, Verney received his MFA from the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan in 2016. During his studies, he received numerous grants to fund his creative research, which included fieldwork in Iceland, the Yellowstone Caldera, and California’s Salton Sea. Verney’s work has been featured on, and he was a recent artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. This fall, Verney will serve as a visiting artist at Hiram College in Ohio and perform at PVDLoop at AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island. In November, Verney will travel to Finland to participate in an international symposium on painting at the University of Arts, Helsinki. Verney’s studio practice is currently based in Massachusetts.

Image :  Jon Verney, Solfatara detail


Valade Gallery is located in the rear of Shipman Library, on Williams Street on the Adrian College Campus. Free street parking is available. Gallery open hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, with extended hours on Tuesday until 7 pm.

Contact: Elspeth Schulze, Gallery Director: