Jonathan Sharlin has approached photography from many angles over his 45 year
career. He has incorporated the medium in a variety of ways, from photo-drawings
to photographic installations. Each series a process of discovery, distillation
and commentary on issues of personal importance.
For over 30 years a Rhode Island native, Jon has been the recipient of over
10 grants from the Rhode Island Council for the Arts, in addition to grants
from the Rhode Island Foundation and NEFA. (New England Foundation for the Arts).
His books include ‘Cast a Cold Eye’, (an end of life transcript of his mother)
Cyan Press 2008. His upcoming 2016 Blue Sky publication, ‘Ancient Stones of Scotland‘
has a forward by Jo-Ann Conklin Director of Brown University’s David Winton
Bell Gallery. He is currently working on a book of images taken over a 25 year
period in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. (‘From a Small Island’)
Jon received his BA from Goddard College and his MFA from Visual Studies Workshop.
He has taught at numerous colleges, including Tufts, Rhode Island College,
Roger Williams University and RISD. His work is included in a number of
public and private collections, including the Fogg Museum, the MFA of Houston,
RISD Museum, the Polaroid Collection and Fidelity.